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Uncover natural benefits and beautiful landscapes with Sperrins Walking

Sperrins Walking guide Mairéad McCallion pictured with Louise McDermott, Sperrins Partnership, Derry City and Strabane District Council at the launch of Sperrins Walking.

Sperrins Walking guide Mairéad McCallion pictured with Louise McDermott, Sperrins Partnership, Derry City and Strabane District Council at the launch of Sperrins Walking.

Following last year’s success, Sperrins Walking makes a welcome return, with the programme set to take place in September and October 2023, and March 2024 across Sperrin Area of Outstanding Natural beauty (AONB).

Sperrins Walking, developed and delivered by The Sperrins Partnership and outdoor experts Far and Wild, is designed to appeal to a broad range of walkers to enjoy this beautiful landscape as well as promoting health, physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

Participants will not only enjoy discovering a destination filled with unique experiences, but a great choice of walks ranging from moderate ability to more demanding longer walks, all in small groups, guided by experienced leaders who will help to uncover the stories, history, environmentand heritage of this unique landscape.

Sperrins Walking Programme and dates are:

Mid Ulster 23/24 September 2023: A moderate looped walk looking at adaptive plant species in the area around Davagh Forest (8km) and two challenging looped walks, one on Slieve Gallion including a prize for the best landscape photo (12km) and exploring place names on Carntogher (12km).

Derry City & Strabane 7/8 October 2023: Sperrins & Killeter features two themed moderate walks: Explore the emigration story in Castledamph and including parts of Bradkeel and the Moat (8km) and Stories from the Killeter via the causeway and Carrickaholten(9km).

Causeway Coast & Glens 14/15 October 2023: Explore the natural and human history in the NorthSperrins with two walks looking at late Bronze Age to current day heritage. Participants can look forward to a moderate ability walk at Banagher Glen (10km) and a challenging walk to the summit of Mullaghaneaneyand sister peaks (12km).

Fermanagh & Omagh 23/24 March 2024: Four walks including:  Challenging walks exploring traditional routes of travel on Mullaghcarn Ridge (12km) and  over Doorish Hill linking to Meenadoan National Nature Reserve (10km).  Moderate looped walks with a foraging guide in Gortin Glen Forest Park (8km) and exploring upland geo-ecology between Lough Bradanto Sloughan Glen (8-9km).

Group of walkers on hilltop with blue skies overhead

(From Left): Cllr Brian McGuigan, Mid Ulster District Council; George Bradshaw, Tourism Development Officer, Fermanagh & Omagh District Council; Ciara Toner, Sperrins Partnership; Allison O’Keefe, Visitor Information Services Officer, Mid Ulster District Council; Chair, Cllr Thomas O’Reilly, Fermanagh & Omagh District Council; Cllr Sean Clarke, Mid Ulster District Council; Mairéad McCallion, Sperrins Walking Guide; Mayor, Cllr Stephen Callaghan, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council; Gary Donaldson, Sperrins Outdoor Activity Development Officer; Mark Strong, Coast and Countryside Officer, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council; Chair, Cllr Dominic Molloy, Mid Ulster District Council; Louise McDermott, Sperrins Partnership, Derry City and Strabane District Council.

Ciara Toner from The Sperrins Partnership said:

“We are very pleased to announce the return of Sperrins Walking. Following the success of last year’s inaugural programme the 4 Councils that make up the Sperrins Partnership have once again come together to deliver a range of walks to enjoy throughout the beautiful Sperrin Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) while also promoting health, physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.”

Ciara added: “The Sperrins has so much to offer those seeking adventurewhile exploring history in this beautiful wild and unspoilt landscape. Sperrins Walking encourages everyone to get out and get active while at the same time affording participants the opportunity to celebrate the beauty of one of the most spectacular and undiscovered locations in the island of Ireland. The knowledgeable walk leaders will reveal points of interest and facts that will leave participants better informed about the natural, cultural and built heritage of this beautiful region.”

Sean Clarke, Sperrins Walking guide, commented:

"This year’s Sperrins Walking features walks suited to those with moderate ability to those who like a walking challenge. The walks will traverse across the Sperrins uncovering the majestic landscape, the unique environment and the rich history and heritage of the area. With our expert walking guides on hand, the walks will delight and engage everyone who takes part in the experience."

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