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Take to the Trails across Northern Ireland


Now in it’s fifth year, National Trails Day takes place on Sunday 7th October and with over fifty free guided activity events taking place on local trails throughout Northern Ireland, National Trails Day 2012 is set to be bigger and better than ever.  

With the majority of events guided by local experts, this unique day is the perfect celebration of Northern Ireland’s wide variety of walking, off-road cycling and canoeing trails. All events are completely free of charge and event organiser Sarah Nelson, from Outdoor Recreation NI (formerly CAAN), believes that National Trails Day offers all the encouragement we should need to get outdoors and explore the trails on our doorsteps. 

Miss Nelson explains, “Our vision for National Trails Day is to get as many people as possible out enjoying their local trails and learning more about places they maybe pass by in the car everyday. Yet again we have had fantastic support from all our partners and have more events than ever on offer on Sunday 7th October.”

“There is no other date in the calendar where you can choose between free guided mountain biking skills days at Blessingbourne Estate in Fivemiletown, free canoeing sessions taking place at Shaw’s Bridge in Belfast or a free hike up into the Mourne Mountains to learn how to take the perfect landscape photos with the Northern Ireland Walking Photography Group. National Trails Day is completely unique.”

Miss Nelson concludes, “We couldn’t be happier with the variety of events on offer this October and can’t wait to see people from all across Northern Ireland out enjoying their local trails on this celebratory day.”

As well as providing a unique opportunity for people across Northern Ireland to try their hands at new activities, National Trails Day is also about highlighting the great work of organisations which develop and maintain these trails and the ongoing sustainability issues that surround them.

Kathleen Conlon from the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure, comments “We are incredibly fortunate to have such a wonderful variety of trails in Northern Ireland and we want to use National Trails Day to celebrate these trails. We hope that people will take this great opportunity to enjoy these trails as well as learn about the history of their local area and how we can all conserve these great resources for future generations.”

National Trails Day in Northern Ireland is organised by Outdoor Recreation NI in partnership with financial partners, Inland Waterways of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Sport Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency with support from the Northern Ireland Forest Service and the National Trust. There is a full list of all the free events taking place on www.nationaltrailsday.co.uk and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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