Go Wild at the Sperrins and Killeter Walking Festival 2016
17 August 2016
Local walking enthusiasts will be putting their best foot forward and venturing into the Sperrins next month to explore some of the district’s finest scenery during the Sperrins and Killeter Walking Festival, September 17-18.
The annual event, which is organised by Derry City and Strabane District Council in conjunction with local adventure company Far and Wild, takes walkers of all abilities on an exciting journey through some of the stunning local landscape.
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock, said the event offered a great opportunity for people to visit some of the district’s hidden areas of natural beauty.
“The festival has become extremely popular among both serious walking enthusiasts and those who just want to get out and enjoy the natural beauty of the Sperrins.
“The fact that the festival is open to all ages and abilities means it’s perfect for families to enjoy, and it’s a great way to introduce children to the local flora and fauna. I hope to see a great turnout at this year’s event.”
This year walkers will be able to enjoy a number of new routes including the 'Origins of the Ulster Appalachian Way' 15k hillside and trail walk on Saturday September 17. If you fancy a more moderate challenge then why not take part in the ‘Up the Moat’ charity challenge walk, an 8km hillside walk leaving from Plumbridge.
Wildlife enthusiasts and inquisitive kids alike will also have the opportunity to join the Bat and Moth Twilight Walk, a 3km exploration of the local habitats of these special night time creatures led by a local expert.
On Sunday Killeter is the starting point for three walks, including the popular favourite from 2015, the Killeter Camino, a 15km multi-terrain experience. Moderate walkers can experience spectacular views along the south Tyrone section of the Ulster Appalachian Way crossing 8km of trails and heather, while more leisurely walkers can join the Killeter Community Ramble which is 5km in distance, led by the newly formed Killeter Rambling Group.
Adventure company Far and Wild is leading the festival walks, and speaking ahead of the event Far and Wild's Lawrence McBride said: “We have worked with local communities in rural Derry and Strabane to come up with some great new routes which will offer a variety of distinctive experiences depending on your interest and fitness level.
“The Festival celebrates the beauty of the natural environment on our doorstep and is becoming known for showcasing the rich and vibrant heritage which is such a key feature of the Derry-Strabane district.”
All walks have a limited capacity and places are available on a first come first served basis.
Places on the walks are £5 and are available at a variety of levels including easy strolls (perfect for families and budding nature photographers), moderate treks and challenging hill walks across some of the country's most dazzling landscapes.
For more information and to register for a place on line go to www.sperrinskilleterwalking.com