£10.00

Welcome to the booking page for the Causeway Coast and Glens Walking Festival in Spring 2024. This Festival is funded by Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council.

We are happy to offer a selection of three iconic routes in the Glens area coupled with interesting themes to explore along the way. Join us for this exciting series of walks in north Antrim.

Fairy Lore & The Glens (6km) 3-4hrs

Difficulty: Moderate Walk
Date: Friday 15th March
Meeting Point: — Cushendun Beach Car Park
Registration: — 1pm
Walk Start time: — 1.30pm
Finish Time: — 5.30pm

Map Link to Registration: https://bit.ly/49oKODU

Cost: £10

This Moderate looped walk is a looped way-marked walk on steep tracks on Ronan’s Way. It takes in the historic landscape of one of the nine glens in North Antrim, Glendun. The walk is suitable for everyone with a good general fitness and has a total distance of 6km.

Ronan’s Way rises over the Glendun Valley using trails specifically developed by a local farmer John McAuley to enjoy the woodland and open country of the area. The trails are well defined however are relatively steep to gain the summit of the valley side to the east of the Glendun river. Descent along the Glendun river takes the walker back to the starting point at Ronan’s Way car park. This walk showcases the environmental and human heritage of the Glens, touching on  how mythology and lore govern the ways native populations have interacted with landscape down the ages

Registration 1pm for walk commencing at 1.30am. Max numbers 25. Accompanied children over 10 years can be accommodated however the steepness of the walk should be noted by parents.

Parking and Toilet Facilities are available on-site at Cushendun Beach Car Park.

Waterproofs and hiking boots are required. Please bring a lunch or substantial snack with at least 1 litre water.

There will be refreshments served outdoors either at the start of end of walk depending on weather.

 

The Living Edge, Where Land Meets Sea (8km) 4.5hrs

Difficulty: Moderate Walk
Date: Saturday 16th March
Meeting Point: — Fairhead Car Park
Registration: — 10am
Walk Start time: — 10.30am
Finish Time & Refreshments: — 3pm

Map Link to Registration: https://bit.ly/3SKGmcN

Cost: £10

This Moderate looped walk is on trails and minor roads taking in the dramatic cliff-scape at Fairhead and Murlough Bay. This area is a world-renowned climbing destination, where a 5km section of dolerite cliffs form a 5km path overlooking the Sea of Moyle.

The broader area has an historic link with Scotland and replete with sea-faring tales between Rathlin Island, Scotland and the north Antrim coastline.This walk explores the connection with Rathlin Island and the Scottish western seaboard through the ages, from the pre-Christian period through monasticism to the modern era and how connection with the sea can inform a dynamic and healthy environment.

Registration 10am for walk commencing at 10.30am. Max numbers 20. Accompanied children over 10 years can be accommodated however the adjacent high cliffs should be noted by parents.

Parking is available on-site at Fairhead Car Park. This walk is guided in association with Nine Glens Tours.

Waterproofs and hiking boots/sturdy footwear are required. Please bring a lunch or substantial snack with at least 1 litre water.

 

Settlement in an Iconic Landscape (8km) 5hrs

Difficulty: Challenging Walk
Date: Sunday 17th March
Meeting Point: — Waterfoot Beach Car Park
Registration: — 10am
Walk Start time: — 10.30am
Finish Time: — 3.30pm

Map Link to Registration: https://bit.ly/3SpT0N9

Cost: £10

Please be advised this walk is a steep climb and descent- please only book on if you consider yourself fit and capable enough for a steep route.

This Challenging looped walk is on open country, trails and minor roads., taking in the iconic summit of Lurigethan. The ascent is a very steep section at the start of the walk and walkers should be prepared to meet steep sections of trail on both ascent and descent that require caution. Walking poles are recommended. Please note also that the return leg may include a section of a road.

The walk is suitable for everyone with a prior hillwalking experience and good fitness.

With ancient remains dating from neolithic times and beyond at its foot, on its flanks and on its plateau, Lurig supplies an energetic walk with plenty to see along the way. History entwines with glacial geology in a spectacular location overlooking Waterfoot Bay and Cushendall – this walk is for those looking for a fascinating, local challenge replete with stories.

Registration 10am for walk commencing at 10.30am. Max numbers 20. Accompanied children over 12 years can be accommodated however the steepness of the walk should be noted by parents.

Parking is available on-site at Waterfoot Beach Car Park.

Waterproofs and hiking boots are required. Please bring a lunch or substantial snack with at least 1 litre water.

There will be refreshments served outdoors either at the start of end of walk depending on weather.

BEFORE BOOKING: All tickets are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled by the organisers. Due to the nature of the routes near farmland and the time of year, dogs cannot be accommodated.

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Lorcan McBride

Director

I have been making the outdoors both my work and passion for over 10 years now- and every activity brings new people, new places, and new discoveries. What keeps me smiling is discovering the depth of Ireland’s natural heritage- and how people take to it so positively. I have been working with community leaders in Aotearoa/New Zealand for years to understand our own indigenous identity.

Darren Thompson

Adventure Guide

Born in the city, Darren spent 12 years working in Scotland leading water and land based expeditions. Living in Inishowen since 2018, he is happiest when rock-climbing and kayaking around our beautiful coast-line

Liam Campbell

Environmental Anthropologist

Hello! I’m a native of Inishowen and a Heritage Officer at Lough Neagh- our biggest inland freshwater lake. I’ve published and lectured widely on heritage and environmental issues in Ireland and internationally. My Ph.D. is in environmental anthropology and I love getting to see this in action outdoors.

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