Record numbers take part in Sperrins and Killeter Walking Festival
19 September 2016
Experienced and novice walkers alike ventured into the local countryside in large numbers at the weekend as part of Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Sperrins and Killeter Walking Festival.
The event’s six walks attracted record numbers of participants, with the action kicking off on Saturday morning in Plumbridge with the ‘Up the Moat’ charity event where all proceeds went to the MacMillan cancer charity.
Later that evening a group of 50 youngsters and parents took part in the ‘Bat and Moth Walk’, a 3km hike through the countryside in search of nocturnal wildlife with expert guide Annie Mullan.
On Sunday the action switched to Killeter for three more walks, including an 8km trek across a section of the Ulster Appalachian Way.
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock, said the event plays a key role in highlighting our local offering for walking enthusiasts.
“The Sperrins and Killeter Walking Festival continues to go from strength to strength and it was particularly pleasing to see so many young people getting out there and exploring the city and district’s hinterland,” she said.
“The scenery we have on our doorstep is breath taking and is right up there with anywhere else in the UK and beyond.
“Work is well underway to establish our region as a visitor destination for walking enthusiasts and the many visitors who travelled here for the festival will surely have been impressed with our offering.”
More information on the festival is available at www.sperrinskilleterwalking.com.