The festival will be held in the Sperrins from 19th -20th July and in Killeter from 9th -10th August 2014. Walkers of all ages and abilities have the chance to get outside and explore the beauty, history and heritage of the Sperrins and Killeter regions. Taking on challenging routes from Goles to Bradkeel via the Sperrins Ridge; and Barnesmore via Croghnameal to Big Bridge in Killeter Forest. More leisurely options include routes from Glentrina Bridge to Drumnaspar via Craignamaddy in the Sperrins and the Causeway in Killeter, which are geared towards photography enthusiasts.
Newly elected Chairperson of Strabane District Council Cllr Dan Kelly said ‘’ We are delighted to welcome the launch of the Sperrins and Killeter Walking Festival as part of World Environment Day 2014. We have a packed programme of walks, hikes and fun days available for walkers of all ages and abilities. Whether you’re looking to get active, enjoy a family day out, unlock the hidden gems of the region or even raise money for your favourite charity, the festival provides the perfect opportunity to get outside and explore the gems on our doorstep.’
Walks are available at a variety of levels including easy strolls perfect for families and budding nature photographers, moderate treks, challenging hill walks and extreme hikes across some of the most dazzling landscapes in the country. Visitors can learn more about gold panning, mountain skills and navigation as well as take part in a range of family fun events.
This project is funded through Axis 3 of the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme 2007-2013 which is administered locally by ARC north west and Strabane District Council.
For more information visit www.sperrinskilleterwalking.com