Annascaul October Walking Festival Friday 23rd to Monday 26th October 2015
The 2015 Annascaul October Walking Festival will take place Friday 23rd -to Monday 26th October.
The weekend kicks off with an amazing walk by torchlight on Meelin Hill on Friday.
On Saturday, there is the choice of a climb of the majestic promontory hill of Caherconree, the mountain pass of ‘Mach na Bo’ and the Connor Creanb Loop.
On Sunday, the A walk is to the summit of Kerry’s Holy Mountain, Mount Brandon. There is also the option of the Camp Bog Road (Stage two of the well-trodden famed Dingle Way as well as the Rath Dubh Archaeological Loop.
Finally, on Monday, there is the magnificent headland walk of Bull’s Head. In all, the festival offers 8 walks of carying grades and distances.
Annascaul is at the heart of the Dingle Peninsula and is a walkers paradise. Within a 20 minute drive of the village there are ten 750 meter with spectacular steep gorges, awesome cliff faces and wonderful scenery
Inch beach is a mere 5 minute drive, the mystical beauty of Com Dubh nestles in our mountains and the history and adventuring of Tom Crean, William Hussey and Mary O Donnell and many others seeps out of every crag, headland and ruin in our parish.
Annascaul village offers you wonderful craic and friendship in ours pubs, food-houses, B&B’s and hostels.
You can also enjoy the 14 marked local loop walks and the famed hospitality during the walking festival or at any other time during the year
For full details, see www.annascaulwalks.org
For quality accommodation check out http://oldanchorinn.com/
The highlight is on Sunday 23rd and we are hoping for a fine day. Starting at 2.00pm there is an event organised by Cómoradh ’98 on the summit of Lacken Hill and everyone is invited to partake in the celebrations. The event will start at 2.00pm. The Wexford flag will be raised, and a ceremony will take place in honour of the Holy Year in 1950, and as a tribute to our ancestors in 1798. There will be a vintage machinery display to fit in with this year’s National Heritage Week theme. The day will also feature the Carrickbyrne Pike Mummers and Pikemen, an historical talk by Bernard Browne, music by the Carty Sisters and the Comas Céilí Band, champion Irish dancers, face-painting, Cathy Hayden - Basket Maker and much more.
As part of Heritage Week, Comóradh ’98 have organised a photographic record to be taken of our senior citizens from the entire area, on the summit of historic Lacken Hill. We are asking families to encourage all those who are young at heart to attend on 23rd as this will be a fantastic record and a cherished memory in time to come.
Transport to the summit of the hill will be available for those who need it and refreshments will be served.
More details on Lacken Hills Trails Facebook page and Twitter account
Sperrins and Killeter Walking Festival 12th and 13th September 2015
Festival to take walkers back to their routes
It’s time to dust off those walking boots and prepare to rediscover the natural beauty of the local landscape as the Sperrins and Killeter Walking Festival gets into full swing in September.
A number of exciting new walks for all ages have been planned for the diverse and picturesque Sperrins and Killeter areas, taking place on Saturday September 12 in Glenelly, and Sunday September 13 in Killeter.
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Elisha McCallion, said she was looking forward to finding out more about the hidden secrets of the region, and encouraged everyone to take part.
“The Walking Festival offers the perfect excuse to explore our local natural environment and find out more about the Tyrone and Donegal regions. It’s ideal for all ages as there are fantastic new types of walks on offer, with routes for all abilities, and plenty of beautiful scenery along the way.
“The Walking Festival weekend also coincides with European Heritage Open Days, providing the perfect opportunity to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of our region.
“I would encourage everyone to take part!”
Adventure company Far and Wild is co-ordinating the festival walks and speaking ahead of the event Director Lawrence McBride said: “We have worked with local communities in rural Derry and Strabane to come up with some great routes and new ideas this year.
“This year in Glenelly we have a fascinating ‘Bat-Moth Twilight Walk’ along the Bradkeel Forest trail for families, a ‘Traditions of the Sperrins’ route through the Barnes area for moderate walkers (including a scone-bread making demonstration), and an exploration of the Ulster Appalachian Way for the more experienced.
“In Killeter local guides lead an easy village-based Spiritual Traditions Walk exploring the history of each local religious congregation, while moderate walkers will have the opportunity to capture some of the unique features of the lakes and peatlands of Killeter during the Photographing Ecology Walk. Our big route we are calling the ‘Killeter Camino’, tracing the pilgrim routes and early settlements of the Tyrone and Donegal border.”
It costs £5 per walk to take part in the Festival, and to find out more about the variety of walking routes and to register please go to www.sperrinskilleterwalking.com or Facebook
Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk on Sunday September 27th 2015
Sign up now for the Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk in Kells in County Meath on Sunday September 27th in aid of Action Breast Cancer and the Irish Cancer Society!
Thank you for your support!
Here is all the information that you will need in the run-up to and on the day of our 10km Run/Walk in aid of Action Breast Cancer and the Irish Cancer Society.
Where To Meet Up?
The Run/Walk will start from the Church Car Park on Headfort Place at 2pm sharp. We will have a fun warm-up session and musical entertainment beforehand, so please get there early. We ask that all participants are on site by 1.15pm.
Can I Still Enter?
Online registrations are open here until midnight on Friday September 25th. If you register after midnight on Wednesday September 23rd, we will not have time to post out your sponsorship card - but we will have it ready for you to collect at our Check-In Desks. You can also pick up a registration form from many local businesses. You can also register and collect your t-shirt and race number at the Check-In Desk at the Parish Hall (Church Car Park) between 3pm and 6pm on Saturday September 26th or between 11.30am and 1.30pm on Sunday September 27th. If you are registering on the day, then please get there early to allow yourself enough time. Thank you!
How Much Does It Cost To Take Part?
The entry fee to take part in the Pink Ribbon Walk is €20 per participant. This non-refundable entry fee covers the administration and various costs (health and safety, insurance, printing, etc.) involved in organising the Walk. For this entry fee, you will receive:
We are very excited about our lovely scenic route! This year's Run/Walk starts and finishes in Kells and takes a circular route around Maudlin, Cherry Hill and the grounds of Headfort House. Some local landowners have generously agreed to open their fields to us for the purpose of the Walk - so the route is exclusively open only for the day of the event. The cross-country/road route really showcases our beautiful scenery. The Walk will finish back at the Town Hall on Headfort Place and then we will enjoy food, our Closing Ceremony and post-race entertainment in the Headfort Arms Hotel.
I've Already Registered - Where Do I Pick Up My T-Shirt and Race Number?
Collect your t-shirt and race number at the Check-In Morning at the Parish Hall (Church Car Park) between 3pm and 6pm on Saturday September 26th between 11.30am and 1.30pm on Sunday September 27th. If you are registering on the day, then please get there early to allow yourself enough time.
How Much Sponsorship Do I Have To Raise?
We promise you a fun day out, but we are primarily a fundraiser for Action Breast Cancer and the Irish Cancer Society. Each participant is asked to try to raise €100 in sponsorship money (in addition to the €20 entry fee). Every cent of sponsorship money goes directly to the charity. You have until Monday October 12th to hand in your fundraising. Thank you for your support.
Where Do I Hand In My Sponsorship Money?
You can hand in your sponsorship money at:
• At the Check in Desk in the Parish Hall, in the Church car park on Headfort Place from 3m to 6pm on Saturday September 26th
• At the Registration Desk in the Parish Hall from 11.30am to 1.30 pm on Sunday September 27th
• At Kells Chamber of Commerce Office, Carrick Street, Kells - either before the Walk or before Monday October 12th
Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon Walk.
Please make sure your sponsorship card (with your sponsorship total written on the front) and sponsorship money are in a sealed envelope with your name, race number (the red number on the front of your sponsorship card) and sponsorship total printed on the front. All sponsorship money must be handed in by Monday October 12th. Many thanks for your support.
Can Children Take Part?
The minimum age to take part is 12 years and those under the age of 18 must be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult. We request that there is at least one adult present for every two under-age walkers.
Where Can I Park My Car?
There will be ample free car parking around Kells on the day of the Walk.
What Should I Wear?
Weather-appropriate clothes and sturdy walking boots are advisable. And THINK PINK - wear your Boyne Valley Pink Ribbon t-shirt and accessorize accordingly. We have some great prizes on offer for the best fancy dress outfits!
We'll also be on hand with solutions for all weather eventualities - from sunscreen to pink rain ponchos! There will be toilet and litter facilities along the route and we will provide water - but we recommend that you carry some water and a snack with you in a backpack.
Another Walking Festival has come and gone, we would like to thank all of our leaders on all of the walks over the weekend which had torrential rain but didn’t dampen the spirits of all that attended. We would like to acknowledge the support of Limerick Local Authority, IPB and Failte Ireland through the Community Diaspora Fund.
Celebrating 21 years & the first Walking Festival in Ireland
Get your boots on for the 2015 Ballyhoura International Walking Festival!
Over a 1,000 walkers are expected at the Ballyhoura International Walking Festival. Together, they will cover a total of 20,000km and burn 40 million calories over the May bank holiday weekend!
The Ballyhoura International Festival isn’t just Ireland’s oldest walking festival – it’s one of the most popular too. Last May bank holiday weekend (May 2-4th), some 1,000 walkers were expected to descend on Ballyhoura Country, covering an average distance of 20km each.
That’s 200 million steps, or more than 40 times the length of Ireland. Not only that, but walkers are set to burn a collective 40 million calories too – not a bad return from the fresh country air.
Now in its 21st year, the festival sees guides from the Ballyhoura Bears Walking club leading a packed programme for all abilities – from the hardy hiker to gentle ramblers enjoying the company of local experts in the fields of heritage, archaeology, history, flora and fauna.
Ballyhoura Country features 1,500km of National Loop Walks & Way Marked Ways, including the historic Ballyhoura Way. Every year, new routes are chosen for the walking festival, attracting walkers from all over Ireland and International visitors from as far afield as South Africa, Germany, the Czech Republic, France and the UK.
This year will also feature over 30 special Community Walks suitable for all abilities, ages & families and will cover areas of special interest throughout the whole Ballyhoura region – these are real gems of shorter walks!
Find out more about Ballyhoura Bears Walking club on their website for a list of current walks the club have planned and next years walking festival
On 30 August, Brigid's Way will be organizing a 20k walk from Robertstown to Donadea Forest Park, Co Kildare as part of National Heritage Week.
The route passes along canal towpaths, scenic boglands with protected status, Ballynafagh lake and finally arriving in the forest.
You can see more information in the attached graphic and also on their Heritage Week listing: http://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event-details?EventID=648
To find out more about Brigid's Way check out their website or Facebook page
Wicklow Walking Festival Friday 23rd October- Monday 26th October 2015
For 2015, Footfalls Wicklow Walking Festival will run from Friday October 23rd until Monday the 26th
The Festival will be based in the Brockagh Resource Centre with many of the walks taking us through Wicklow Mountains National Park. The Centre is situated in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains, on the road between the village of Laragh and Glendalough.
All walks are led by experienced walking leaders who will enhance your day with information on local history flora and fauna.
The National Park is an ideal location for a fun filled festival weekend covering approximately 90,000 hectares! The park protects some of Europe’s oldest peat boglands, heather covered mountains, and woodlands. Large herds of sika and red/sika hybrid deer, foxes, badgers, hares and birds of prey are frequently spotted on walks so don’t forget your camera!
The weekend offers a selection of walking choices which you can mix, match, or just choose one:
– Climb Leinsters highest peak, Lugnaquilla (925m).
– A night walk on Friday the 23rd promising to be a unique and adventurous experience.
– A selection of fun and gorgeous day walks from challenging, moderate and easy on Saturday and Sunday.
– A moderate walk on Monday the 26th to celebrate the completion of a great weekend and summer walking season.
Please note: Walks may be changed on the day depending on weather conditions or the fitness level of the group at the leader’s discretion.
More details here
This year the walking festival has been moved to coincide with the newly established Foxford Riverfest, which was held last year for the first time. Walkers will now be able to avail of Riverfest activities alongside The Moy on their return to the town while Riverfest visitors will have an opportunity to sample the beauty of the Mayo countryside in organised walks.
Foxford Riverfest and Foxford Walking Festival have joined forces this year and both festivals will be held on the same weekend Friday, 28th – Sunday 30th August. Organisers say the two festivals complement each other and will provide a significant boost to tourism in the town. Foxford Riverfest gets under way on the evening of Friday 28th August with an official opening ceremony and a pageant on the River Moy. Saturday and Sunday will be spectator and family friendly days with many activities taking place on the river including The National Spey Casting competition, rowing races, fishing competitions, SUP, rafting and kayaking. The Fishing & Craft Village will showcase traditional craft demonstrations, artisan food, fly tying and lure making exhibitions. Music and entertainment will be held each evening in the town. The spectacular ‘Candles to the Sea’ will take place this year on the Saturday night with a closing ceremony and fireworks display on the Sunday night. The highly popular Walking Festival, now in its 5th year, will follow a similar format to previous years, with a variety of walks to suit various levels of fitness. On Saturday, 29th August, there will be a climb of Nephin Mountain which dominates the North Mayo landscape. For those who do not wish to tackle Nephin there will be a moderate walk from Foxford to Lough Conn and back to Foxford. On Sunday, 30th August, walkers will have a choice of a climb in the Ox Mountains or a more leisurely walk along the River Moy.
Vincent Roche, chairman of the Foxford Walking Festival, said the Festival is being brought forward from its traditional October date to August to coincide with Riverfest. “Following discussions with the Riverfest organisers, we agreed to hold both festivals over the same weekend as we felt there was a need to provide entertainment for walkers in the afternoons/evenings and Riverfest fulfils this need perfectly. Energetic walkers will now be able to enjoy Riverfest activities on their return to the town on both afternoons and people attending Riverfest will have an opportunity to sample the beauty of the Mayo countryside on organised walks. We are confident that the two festivals will complement each other and the two committees are working closely together to ensure the success of both”. Michael Tiernan, chairman Riverfest, said “the running of the two festivals on the same weekend would give visitors a wider range of activities to participate in and experience the beauty and diversity of the locality with its majestic River Moy and its spectacular surrounding mountains of Nephin and the Ox mountain range. Visitors will also get to enjoy a wide range of family friendly activities during the daytime with spectacular shows on the river each evening and live music and entertainment in the town most of which will be free. The Festival should also be a great benefit to local pubs, restaurants, hotels and bed and breakfasts whom we hope will give their support”.
Carlow Autumn Walking Festival 2nd to 4th October 2015
If you’re a serious rambler or just like to stretch your legs and enjoy the view, Carlow is a brilliant destination to explore on foot.
The Carlow Autumn Walking Festival is a great opportunity for beginner, experienced or advanced walkers to enjoy the challenge of Carlow’s mountain treks or the peace of its woodland and forest parks. A beautiful and varied landscape, knowledgeable local guides and excellent accommodation all combine to ensure a relaxing break.
Guidelines for walkers – choosing the correct walk
Each walk has a category; either “A walk”, “B walk” or “C Walk”:
Important! For more details on A and B walks, see the Guidelines for Walking Festival Participants (A & B Hill Walks). In respect of C Walks a reasonable level of fitness is required, together with strong footwear and a windproof and rainproof jacket.
More details on http://carlowtourism.com/carlow-autumn-walking-festival-3rd-5th-oct/ and Carlow Tourism on facebook
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