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In this newsletter we share with you our top 10 walks you must try in the Marble Arch Caves Geopark, details of this years European Heritage Open Day and an opportunity to experience the social benefits of getting out for a walk with a rambling club.

10 Must Do Walks In The Geopark

The Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark in Co. Fermanagh is well known for one of the finest show caves in Europe, but did you know there is more to this location than the caves?! 

The Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark contains some of the finest landscapes in the north of Ireland with wonderful walkins in Fermanagh and Cavan ranging from rugged uplands, lakes and forests through to gently rolling drumlins. The landscapes represent a complex earth history dating back as far as 895 million years ago and can be explored on foot. 

Check out our latest blog to discover our 'Top 10 walks you must do in the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark'.

Get Out On A Guided Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in fantastic scenery as expert guides let you in on their best kept secrets on these walking tours.

A Ramble On Rathlin, Nine Glens Walking Tours, Rathlin Island, Co. Antrim, Various dates throughout August
Join qualified guides on a leisurely ramble across Church Bay and Mill Bay on Rathlin Island. Along the way there will be a chance to learn about the island's history, people and wildlife. Meet the local seal colony and visit the bird sanctuary famous for its Puffins before returning to Ballycastle on the ferry.

Six Castles & Five Eccentrics, The Lecale Peninsula Tour, Ardglass, Co. Down, Fri 25th Aug
Ardglass from the Irish for Green Height is one of the oldest towns in Ireland. Six castles, one visited by King John, are testament to the former glory of the town. This tour will guide you through the pages of a 175 year old diary and includes exclusive access to Jordan's Castle.

Ronan's Way, Glendun, Co. Antrim, Glenarm Tourism, Sun 20th Aug
A guided walk exploring the new public access to Ronan's way in the Glens of Antrim. A spectacular promising breathtaking views this walk is an opportunity to access one of the previously inaccessible Glens.  

Check out WalkNI for more events

European Heritage Open Days 2017

Over 300 properties will be opening for free on Sat 9th & Sun 10th Sept as part of this years European Heritage Open Days.

With so many properties and events to choose from across Northern Ireland there is something for everyone. This year the theme for European Heritage Open Day is “Heritage and Nature: A Landscape of Possibilities.”  

Click here to find out more about the European Hertiage Open Day 2017 and a full list of events & properties.

Ulster Federation of Rambling Clubs Open Weekend

Have you ever considered joining a walking club? Now is your chance as over 10 clubs from across Northern Ireland are inviting walkers to join them for a specially tailored ‘Welcome Walk’ on Saturday 30th Sept & Sunday 1st October 2017.

To take part is free however there are limited spaces on each of the walks so booking in advance is advised. More information on these walks including how to reserve your space can be found on both the UFRC & WalkNI websites.

The UFRC are currently supported by SportNI & The Big Lottery Fund NI through the Active Clubs Programme.

Upcoming Walking Festivals

Celebrate walking at a festival this Septemeber

Sperrins & Killeter Walking Festival, Sat 16th & Sun 17th Sept, Sperrins & Killeter Regions, Co. Tyrone
The annual Sperrins & Killeter Walking Festival returns welcoming walkers of all ages and abilities the chance to get outside and explore the beauty, history and heritage of the Sperrins and Killeter regions. Walks are available at a variety of levels including easy strolls (perfect for families and budding nature photographers), moderate treks and challenging hill walks across some of the country's most dazzling landscapes.

Wee Binnian Walking Festival, Fri 22nd- Sun 24th Sept, Warrenpoint, Co. Down
Offering an action packed programme of guided mountain and lowland walks in the Mournes, Slieve Gullion and Cooley Mountains over varying distances and difficulties, this festival catering for all levels of hill walkers. The festival has been much acclaimed for its balance of fabulous landscapes, friendly people and nightly entertainment including the infamous Blister Ball on the Saturday night.

Check out WalkNI for a full list of annual walking festivals.

Slan's Graveyard

A new community trail has been officially launched to formalise public access to Slan's Graveyard and its incredible panoramic views overlooking Cloughey, the surrounding countryside and coastline.

The 180m trail begins from the Ardminnan Road with access over an existing stone style to Slan's Graveyard where walkers can explore the historic site and learn of its fascinating history through a new interpretation panel.

Find out more about the opening of this new Community Trail in our News Piece 'Community Trail Opens Up Access To Slans Graveyard' and visit WalkNI for route details.

Environmental Message of the Month

What is an ASSI?

Areas of Special Scientific Interest (ASSIs) are protected areas that represent the best of our wildlife and geological sites that make a considerable contribution to the conservation of our most valuable natural places.

They help prevent loss of Biodiversity and Geodiversity (the rocks, minerals, fossils, soils and landforms that have been formed over millions of years and determine our landscapes and the species that live there). There are lots of ASSIs with walking access so you can enjoy the interesting geology and wildlife first hand. Find your nearest ASSI below.

County Antrim ASSIs
County Armagh ASSIs
County Down ASSIs
County Fermanagh ASSIs
County Londonderry ASSIs
County Tyrone ASSIs

Win a Walk & Surf Holiday for 2

Enter our latest competition to be included in a draw to win a 2-night Walking & Surfing Holiday in the Causeway Coast for 2.

One of our most action packed prizes to date! Experience the very best of things to do outdoors on the Causeway Coast during Alive Surf School's new 'surf & Turf' package in corporation with Dalriada Kingdom Tours. As well as 2 cosy multi-activity weatherproof adventure robes from Coucon Outdoor and 2-nights in the Magherabouy Hotel, Portrush.

For your chance to win this fantastic prize simply fill out the form on our Competition Page.

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