£10.00

Glenariff and the Dungonnell Way (15km) 4-5hrs

Date: Fri 31st March
Meeting Point: Glenariff Forest Park
Registration: 1.30pm
Walk Start time: 2pm
Finish Time & Refreshments: 6.30pm

This moderate walk is on minor roads, forest tracks and trails, taking in the dramatic landscape of Glenariff and a section of the Dungonnell Way. The walk is suitable for everyone with a good general fitness and has a total distance of 15km.

There are a number of dramatic waterfalls along the route testifying to the stunning geomorphology and natural history of the Glens. The area is historically known for its iron ore mining in the mid-19th century and the post-industrial legacy it has left behind on the landscape.

Registration 1.30pm for walk commencing at 2pm. Max numbers 20. Accompanied children over 10 years can be accommodated however the distance of the walk should be noted by parents.

Parking is available on-site at Glenariff Forest Park. Transport via Mini-bus will be provided from the walk end back to registration.

Waterproofs are required and hiking boots or sturdy footwear recommended.

 

Portballintrae to Ballintoy (16km) 4-5hrs

Date: Sat 1st April
Meeting Point: Portballintrae Village Hall
Registration: 9am
Walk Start time: 9.30am
Finish Time & Refreshments: 2.30pm

The coastal cliff path from Portballintrae to Ballintoy is a well-known iconic and dramatic cliff and beach walk. It encompasses mythology, world-class geology, marine biology, mesolithic civilisation, broader European politics (Spanish Armada) and contemporary social & economic histories. These intertwining narratives make for an engaging walk with great variety and a number of iconic places to break along the coastline.

The route is suitable to moderately fit walkers and above who want a longer walk of up to 5hrs. Transport via Mini-bus will be provided as part of the Festival from the walk end back to registration.

Accompanied children over 10 years can be accommodated however the distance of the walk should be noted by parents.

Public parking is available at Portballintrae Salmon Rock Car Park . Transport via Mini-bus will be provided from the walk end back to registration.

Waterproofs are required and hiking boots or sturdy footwear recommended.

 

Mullaghaneaney- Beyond the Summit of Wonders (9km): 3-4hrs

Date: Sun 2nd April
Meeting Point: Glenshane Community Development Centre
Registration: 9.30am
Walk Start time: 10am
Finish Time & Refreshments: 2pm

This walk is a circular route from valley to summit and back in the central Sperrins, along forest tracks, small trails and open hillside. Nestled in the Glenedra Valley, this summit overlooks Banagher Glen to the north and the Glenelly Valley to the south. This historic landscape has been a natural passage-way for transit between east and west since the Bronze age- both for human settlement and other natural species.

The human settlement story, from neolithic settlement to the early Christian ecclesiastical presence in the area as well as impact of the Plantation on subsistence farming are all themes that will be touched on during this walk.

Accompanied children over 12 years can be accommodated on the walk however the nature of the terrain should be noted by parents.

Hiking boots and waterproofs are required.

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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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