Can you hack it? Take the NSPCC Binevenagh Challenge HACK

The NSPCC Binevenagh Challenge HACK is a 23-mile sponsored challenge walk through some of the most beautiful countryside in Northern Ireland’s stunning north coast. The event takes place on Saturday 11 September 2010 following on from the success of last year’s 14 mile hike in the same area.

The route passes through the Binevenagh Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which is part of the northernmost outcropping of the Antrim plateau, formed from molten lava approximately 60 million years ago. The mountain tops afford views over the surrounding areas of Coleraine and Limavady, and, on a clear day, across to the Isles of Islay and Jura in Scotland.

The unique area, which has been designated an area of special scientific interest, is the perfect habitat for some of Northern Ireland’s rarest plants and wildlife. Walkers with sharp eyesight might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Ireland’s only native reptile, the common lizard, and keen botanists can spot purple saxifrage, moss campion and the rare birds nest orchid. The mountain and surrounding area are also home to kittiwakes, fulmars, buzzards, ravens and the magnificent peregrine falcon.

There is also an abundance of man made highlights to view on the walk including the iconic Mussenden Temple and the ruins of Downhill House.

The walk takes in a mixture of terrain, from quiet country roads to marshland, forest tracks and sand dunes. The route takes walkers up to the summit of Binevenagh Mountain, across the top, and back down again in a circular route that will require some preparation and a reasonable level of fitness.

The HACK is an amazing challenge experience in the great outdoors which offers a valuable opportunity to support the NSPCC projects and services in Northern Ireland.

As usual there are limited places available for each walk. The registration fee is £15 and is for over 18s only. For further details and online registrations and payments, click here www.nspcc.org.uk/hack or contact the NSPCC Northern Ireland fundraising office on 028 9035 7970 or e-mail:kwalker@nspcc.org.uk

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