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Mourne International Walking Festival

22-24 June 2018 

This internationally recognised festival offers walkers, of all levels of fitness, stunning routes in the Mourne Mountains and surrounding countryside. These routes vary between 10k and 40k at both high and low level. The festival takes place over 3 days alternating each year between Newcastle and Warrenpoint in Co Down.

On each of the 3 days of the festival there are a variety of self-guided lowland walks with all routes fully waymarked. On the Saturday and Sunday there is generally a mountain hike requiring a high level of fitness and experience of walking within a mountain environment. There is usually a slightly less strenuous alternative which also takes place on the Saturday. 

The festival not only offers excellent walking but also a chance to socialise and make new friends after the walk.  A hot supper will be provided after the walk on the Saturday evening. 

The Mourne Mountains has already been recognised as the ‘Best Walking Destination’ in Northern Ireland by WalkNI, which credits the area for its unrivalled network of paths and tracks while the Mourne International Walking Festival has also won the WalkNI ‘Favourite Walking Event’ award for two consecutive years.

Roisin Mulgrew, Chair of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, said:

“An area of outstanding beauty and famed for its breath-taking landscape and views, the Mourne Mountains and region provides an unrivalled location for an international walking festival that just gets bigger ever year.

“A landscape steeped in history, heritage, myths and legends, the Mourne International Walking Festival welcomes visitors from across the UK, Ireland and further afield who continue to come not only for an inspirational walking experience but also the warmth of the welcome and the hospitality on offer.”

The registration hub for this year’s Festival will be in Newcastle , Co Down. The Festival Hub at Hugh McCann’s on Newcastle’s Central Promenade will be open for registration from 8am on each day (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and walkers are advised to plan their day to ensure they sign out by 6pm at the end of each walk. Registration in advance is advised and encouraged via Eventbrite. 

More infomation on this event on the WalkNI Event page: http://www.walkni.com/events/56836/mourne-international-walking-festival-2018/