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Experiences for all the family at Sperrins and Killeter Walking Festival

09 September 2019

The Sperrins and Killeter Walking Festival are encouraging families to consider a day out in the flora and fauna of the local hinterland when the popular event returns this weekend.

Six walks have been scheduled over two days on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September and, with Saturday’s ‘challenging’ walk in the Sperrins already sold out, the public are being advised to act now to avoid disappointment.

The festival will host two 5-6km walks rated as ‘easy’ which are considered suitable for families.

On Saturday the Famous Local Characters Walks from the Owenkillew Valley to Drumnaspar over the Craignamaddy Circuit will explore some of the abandoned homes in the Glenelly Valley and include a storyteller relating entertaining folklore to participants.

Participants are invited to enjoy some local hospitality after the walk with homemade scones, tea and live music all in Watts Bar in Plumbridge.

On Sunday the walking action moves to Killeter Village where the 3-4 km Tullnashane River Trail is suited to walkers of any level.

The scenic ramble along the Derg River will assemble at the Community Hall in the village at 10.30am and will take in the Tullnashane Loop before homemade scones, tea and coffee is served in Killeter Community Hall.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Michaela Boyle, encouraged locals and visitors alike to get involved in the festival and discover the majesty of the local countryside.

“The Sperrins and Killeter Walking Festival offers trails for walkers of all ages and abilities and it is particularly pleasing that families and young people are so well catered for on both days,” she said.

“We are blessed with some of the most spectacular walking routes in Ireland and the festival plays a key role in showcasing the beauty of the Sperrins and Killeter regions to a wider audience.

“The event is made possible by a close working relationship between the organisers and a network of local volunteers who have a passion for their area and how lay on a warm welcome and hospitality in the villages of Plumbridge and Killeter.”

The challenging Water, Power Behind Thrones Walk at Glenelly is already sold out and limited places remain for the moderate Images of the Bog and Pettigo Wildlife events.

Other walks include the challenging Derg Dynasties trek on Sunday that traces the history of the Derg valley and the infamous Lough as a major watercourse and pilgrim mecca since Potlemy’s second century world map.

For more information on each of the walks and details on how to book visit www.sperrinskilleterwalking.com

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