Mourne International Walking Festival

23 Jun 2017 12:00 – 25 Jun 2017 22:00
Warrenpoint (Various Venues), Warrenpoint
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Get your walking boots on and join hundreds of international visitors for the Award Winning Mourne International Walking Festival, June 23-25th.

Newry  Mourne, Down region is an area of outstanding natural beauty but how many of us have ever walked in the Mourne Mountains?  If you are curious – this is the ideal time to explore the mountains and enjoy organised guided routes (for all abilities) and good company during the 16th Annual International Walking Festival, Warrenpoint.
The festival traditionally attracts walkers and walking groups from across world. For 2017, organisers are focusing on appealing to more NI Walkers and those new to Mountain Walking to come and join in the fun.

Newry Mourne, Down District Council Chairperson Gillian Fitzpatrick  said: “The Festival Programme offers ten walks – including a fantastic mix of guided and self-guided walks to suit various levels of fitness.  There are some stunning photo opportunities too. For strollers or those with younger families, the lowland routes are pre-marked allowing you to walk at your own pace with refreshments at control points at intervals along the route. 

“We’ve seen a great surge of interest in Mountain Walking in recent years for its health benefits and leisure appeal so we’d hope this will be our biggest Walking Festival yet,” Gillian adds.

Pre booking is already open and there are significant savings for early registration; alternatively you can register on the morning of the walks.  All walkers receive a special t-shirt.

The event culminates with a social ‘Blister Ball’, hosted in the Lough & Quay, Warrenpoint.

For full details of the walks and other information visit www.mournewalking.co.uk or contact Warrenpoint Tourist Office on 028 4175 2256 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
*under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult.

THE WALKS

Friday 23 June

Walk 1 – 18.1km Guided Ramble (moderate)
Spelga along Mourne Way to Kilbroney.

Saturday 24 June

Walk 1 – 10km Road/Track Walk
Festival Centre, Warrenpoint, Donaghaguy Lake, Burren, Ballydesland, Clonallon Glebe, Warrenpoint, Festival Centre.

Walk 2 – 20km Road/Track Walk
Festival Centre, Donaghaguy Lake, Burren, Tamnaharry (Ulster Way), Clontifleece, Aghavilly, Ballydesland, Clonallon Glebe, Warrenpoint, Festival Centre.
Walk 3 – 9km Guided Slieve Gullion Walk

Killeavy Old Church, Ballard, North Cairn, South Cairn, Slieve Gullion Forest Park.

Walk 4 – 20km Guided Mountain Ramble (moderate)
Carricklittle Car park, Binnian Lough, Ben Crom Dam, Doan, Loughshannagh, Ott Track.

Walk 5 – 20km Guided Mountain Hike (strenuous)
Carricklittle, Slieve Binnian, Ben Crom, Doan, Slieve Loughshannagh, Ott Mountain.

Sunday 25 June

Walk 1 – 10km Road/Track Walk
Festival Centre, Warrenpoint, Clonallon Glebe, St Brigid’s Cottages, Ulster Way, Drumsesk Road, Warrenpoint, Festival Centre.

Walk 2 – 20km Road/Track Walk
Festival Centre, Warrenpoint, Clonallon Glebe, St Brigid’s Cottages, Ulster Way, Ghann River Valley, Knockbarragh, Drumreagh Road, Ulster Way, Drumsesk Road, Warrenpoint, Festival Centre.

Walk 3 – 8.2km Guided Mountain Ramble (moderate)
Ballintur, Knockshee, Slieve Martin, Rostrevor.

Walk 4 – 18.2km Guided Mountain Hike (strenuous)
Glenloughan Rd, Rocky, Red Bog, Finlieve, Shanlieve, Tievedockarragh, Yellow Water, Rostrevor