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National Trails Day makes Headlines!


On Saturday 21st August, National Trails Day featured on the front page of the Belfast Telegraph and with all the events on offer this year, you can really see why!!!

The National Trust has events planned at Castle Ward, Rowallane Gardens and Murlough National Nature Reserve. There will be a heritage trek up Divis and Black Mountain, an ‘Autumn Colours’ walk through The Argory, County Armagh and a meander around Minnowburn on the outskirts of Belfast. The Northern Ireland Forest Service has events taking place in Portglenone Forest and Gosford Forest Park with a woodland and lakeside walk in Hillsborough Forest. Both the National Trust and the Northern Ireland Forest Service will be waiving entrance fees into their various parks and estates for these events.

The Cuan hotel and restaurant in Strangford, County Down, is offering a scenic cycle ride along the shores of Strangford Lough with the Lagan Valley Restoration Trust teaming up with the Inland Waterways Association of Northern Ireland to put on a Lagan Canal Boat Rally and Towpath Walk. Other events offered by various local councils include scenic walking along the Ulster Way in west Tyrone, a ramble through Riverside Park in Ballymoney, a nature walk through the Lagan Valley, a cycle on the Newry Canal and an off-road guided walk along a section of the Mourne Way. The Canoe Association of Northern Ireland (CANI), privately owned activity providers and other independent organisers will all be joining these organisations offering all events free of charge.

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