Take a Walk in West Cork at the Bantry Walking Festival

Bantry Walking Festival

West Cork has long been a destination for Ireland’s walkers, hikers and tourists. Now Bantry is inviting people to sample the delights of local walking routes during a dedicated walking festival to be held this June bank holiday weekend (1st-2nd June 2013).

The bustling market town of Bantry is already home to a successful literary festival, as well as major traditional and classical music events. Now the new walking festival is likely to join this list of successful initiatives: the town is the ideal place to set out from if you want to make the most of some of the most exciting and unspoilt hiking trails the country has to offer.

Bantry is within easy reach of the Sheep’s Head Way (a ‘European Destination of Excellence’), the Beara Way, and a host of other walking routes. The walks on offer during the festival will offer you spectacular views over Bantry Bay and across the three peninsulas for which Bantry provides the local hub. During the festival weekend, you’ll get unparalleled opportunities to see the best of the Sheep’s Head, Beara and Mizen peninsulas on routes mapped out by local guides.

Festival-goers will also have the opportunity to take a tour of the historic sites on Whiddy Island, one of West Cork’s many island gems. While, in the popular imagination, the island is often associated with the terrible 1970s refinery tragedy that took place on Whiddy, this small West Cork island has many surprises to offer the visitor. Its sites of historical interest include English gun batteries, as well as an abandoned seaplane base, and your guide will share the island’s stories with you while you explore its walking routes.

Bantry Walking FestivalAll walks will be led by expert local hikers, and each of them will share stories and local knowledge with you throughout the festival. Bantry’s famous bay is rich in history, as well as beauty, and biodiversity, and the Bantry Walking Festival offers visitors a great chance to try out the area’s many walking routes during an exhilarating and convivial weekend.

Activities for the whole family will include a treasure trail, and family walks, and a pub crawl is also rumoured to be taking place for the older participants!

The cost of all walks includes bus transfers to and from Wolfe Tone Square in Bantry, and, for the trip to Whiddy, you’ll be transported by ferry to and from your walk. To find out more, visit http://bantrywalkingfestival.com. You will also be able to find the festival on Facebook (http://facebook.com/bantrywalkingfestival.com) or Twitter (http://twitter.com/bantrywalking)

Contact: Siobhán Burke (Wordhoard Communications)
Tel. 086 303 0991 Email: info@bantrywalkingfestival.com

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