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Discover the majesty of the Sperrins


Walking enthusiasts of all levels are being invited to venture into the stunning surroundings of the Sperrins this weekend at Derry and Strabane District Council’s Sperrins and Killeter Walking Festival.

The annual event, organised in conjunction with local adventure company Far and Wild, will be held on Saturday September 17th and Sunday September 18th and offers walkers six separate guided hikes through the majestic local landscape.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock, said the event offered a great opportunity for people to visit some of the district’s hidden areas of natural beauty.

“The festival has become extremely popular among both serious walking enthusiasts and those who just want to get out and enjoy the natural beauty of the Sperrins.

“The fact that the festival is open to all ages and abilities means it’s perfect for families to enjoy, and it’s a great way to introduce children to the local flora and fauna. I hope to see a great turnout at this year’s event.”

This year walkers will be able to enjoy a number of new routes including the 'Origins of the Ulster Appalachian Way' 15k hillside and trail walk on the Saturday. For a more moderate hike the ‘Up the Moat’ charity challenge walk, an 8km hillside walk will leave from Plumbridge earlier that day.

Wildlife enthusiasts and inquisitive kids alike will have the opportunity to join the Bat and Moth Twilight Walk, a 3km exploration of the local habitats of these special night time creatures led by a local expert on Saturday evening.

On Sunday Killeter is the starting point for three walks, including the popular favourite from 2015, the Killeter Camino, a 15km multi-terrain experience. Walkers can also sample spectacular views along the south Tyrone section of the Ulster Appalachian Way crossing 8km of trails and heather, while more leisurely walkers can join the Killeter Community Ramble which is 5km in distance led by the newly formed Killeter Rambling Group.

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