Ulster Way A 625 mile (1000km) circular walking route in Northern Ireland

Revised Ulster Way Launched

Sep
16
2009

The new Ulster Way route is being officially launched today.

The new revised Ulster Way and accompanying website will be launched this afternoon at Crawfordsburn Country Park, County Down and will provide a 625 mile (1000 kilometre) circular walking route around the best landscape and scenery that Northern Ireland has to offer.

Few other walking routes in the world incorporate such a vast array of woodland, mountains, coastline, moor land, built and natural heritage and biodiversity. The new route has been coordinated and funded by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) with input from the Ulster Way Advisory Committee and many others. 

The route takes in well known places such as the Mourne Mountains, Giant’s Causeway, Fermanagh Lakelands and the Antrim Hills and Glens. However it will also allow walkers to uncover some other parts of Northern Ireland that they have never heard of, therefore providing a unique experience through the region’s hidden parts.

Walkers will encounter myth and legend such as C? Chulainn, follow in the footsteps of Saints and Scholars such as Saint Patrick and of course be able to sample the legendary Northern Irish hospitality along the way.

With a new route comes a new concept for the various walking sections which are separated into Quality and Link Sections.  The Quality Sections as the name suggest provide a truly quality walking experience.  They are mainly on the already established Waymarked Ways which are predominantly off road, pass through Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and are waymarked throughout their length.  The Link Sections are not waymarked and mainly on public roads some of which can be very busy.  Walkers are actively encouraged to make use of public transport along these sections so they can make best use of their time on the more attractive Quality Sections.

Many will be familiar with the green and yellow Ulster Way signs dotted throughout the Northern Irish countryside; however these are now being replaced with striking new blue and yellow signs indicating the Quality Sections of the new route. The old route is no longer, as it included a lot of road walking and some sections eventually began to suffer from increased traffic; there were also issues, in a few areas, about permission to cross private land. 

Planning your trip along the revised Ulster Way has been made easy with a new official website www.walkni.com/ulsterway .  The innovative website builds on the successful concept of the award winning www.walkni.com, creating a one-stop shop including interactive maps, printable maps, route directions and links to accommodation and attractions. This website has been created by the Countryside Access and Activities Network (CAAN) with funding from NIEA.  “We are delighted to be able to include the Ulster Way as a specific section within WalkNI.com.  I am confident the revised Ulster Way will become iconic within Northern Ireland’s walking product.” stated Chris Scott, Marketing Officer CAAN.

The Ulster Way project including the official website has been funded by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.

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