Sperrintrek Hill Walking Festival

The next Sperrintrek Hill Walking Festival takes place on 25th and 26th September. The event has been going now for over 11 years and takes place three times per year in January, May & September. The festival will consist of the following walks:

Saturday 25th September:        Route: Albritain Horseshoe
Start: Glendra Bridge (OS Sheet: 131:50 or Sperrins Activity Map 1:25)
Finish:  Glenedra Bridge
Grade: A/B
Distance: A – 13.5K (8.4 miles) & B – 11.5K (6.4miles)
Walking Time: A – 5 hours, B -45 hours
High Point: 627m

A mountain horseshoe walk on the eastern flank of the Sperrins over open heath, heather and tussock grass. Group A will visit four mountains –  Mullaghneany (627m), Oughtmore (569m) Spelhoagh (568m) & Meenard (620m) while the B group will only ascend the first three of these thereby saving 2 miles or one hour of walking. As ever the scenery is magnificent.

Sunday 26th September:           Route: Carnanelly Circuit
Start:     Goles Forest Car park (OS Sheet: 13 (1:50) or Sperrins Activity Map (1:25)
Finish:  Goles Forest Carpark
Grade:  A
Distance: A – 10.5K (6.5 miles)
Walking Time: 4 hours
High Point: 562m

The Carnanelly Circuit is mixture of forest track, mountain heath and short road section near the end. The walk starts from the car park at the entrance of Goles Forest just off the Glenelly Road. The track is followed west to it’s boundary with Slievenamaddy. The route then follows onwards to Caranelly’s summit. The summit area allows fantastic views across to Sawel, Dart and the ‘Mullaghs’, south and west towards Mullaghcarn near Gortin and Cuilcagh mountain on the Fermanagh – Cavan border and northwest towards the Derryveagh mountains in Donegal. Walkers will skirt the outside of the forested area before beginning a fairly long descent into the Glenelly valley, crossing the Glenelly river before joining the main Glenelly Road. A short walk east will bring the walkers to the Goles Stone Row just off the road on the left. From here it is a short road walk back to the car park where the bus will await to ferry walkers back to the Burnavon.

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