Sperrintrek Autumn Walking Festival

Would you like an easy way to get out and about in the Sperrins this Autumn? Then why not join Sperrintrekkers and Mid-Ulster Walking Club for their Annual Autumn Walking Festival.

Taking place on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September are a series of fantastic guided walks organised for your enjoyment. There is something to suit everyone!

Saturday 24th - Altnaheglish Circuit

The grade A/B walk will take place in an around the beautiful Banagher Forest. Transport will depart the Burnavon Arts & Cultural Centre @ 9am, making the short drive to start the walk from Altbritain Forest. The circuit walk is approximately 9 miles but is mostly flat with the most challenging climb no more than 100mtrs. This is a very scenic and tranquil location to walk and with the walk being led by the experienced Mid-Ulster Walking Club it is an event not to be missed. The cost to walk is £8 per person and can be booked online at www.sperrintrekkers.com or by contacting 028 8676 9949.

Sunday 25th - Guided Walks from Lough Fea

Sperrintrekkers have teamed up with their colleagues in Cookstown District Council to organise three walks with the proceeds being donated to the Mid-Ulster Stroke Survivors Club. Walking itself is also one of the simplest ways to get more active and can help you to feel better about yourself as well as help with sleep, energy levels and prevent health conditions such as stroke. By taking part in the event, not only will you be getting some exercise but you will also be raising money for charity too!

There is a choice of three walks including:

Walk 1: Lough Fea Dander

Distance: 2.5 miles approx

Level: Easy

Departing between: 10am and 2.30pm Lough Fea Car Park

Suitable for: Families and Casual Walkers

Complete Walk: 45 minutes approx

A flat circular route on a well established path at Lough Fea set amongst young conifers bounding a mountain reservoir.

No need to book - just make a donation to the Stroke Association on the day.

Walk 2: Mobuy Wood Walk

Distance: 5 miles approx

Suitable for: Reasonably Fit Walkers

(No Wheelchair or Pushchair Access)

Departing at: 12noon Lough Fea Car Park

Level: Moderate

Time to Complete Walk: 2-3 hours approx

Leaving Lough Fea this walk climbs to 450 metres giving extensive views of farmland, forest and mountain on a clear day. The route is along the Western boundary fence of Mobuy Wood.

Walk 3: The Slieve Gallion Challenge

Distance: 12.5 miles approx

Suitable for: Experienced/Very Fit Walkers

Departing at: 10.30am Lough Fea Car Park

Level: Challenging

Time to Complete Walk: 4-5 hours approx

Leaving Lough Fea, the route follows along the Western boundary fence of Mobuy Wood, climbing to 528 metres across heather moorland, offering the opportunity of spectacular views of mountain and moorland landscapes.

Walk Information

Walkers do not need to book walk 1, simply follow the way marked route around Lough Fea and make a donation to the Mid Ulster Stroke Survivors Club on the day from 10am – 2.30pm. Walks 2&3 are fully guided by the Mid-Ulster Walking Club and provided a brilliant way to experience this scenic part of the Sperrins in a safe and fun way. Refreshments to include hot soup will be provided at the end of both guided walks.

Both walks 2&3 must be booked in advance either online at www.sperrintrekkers.com or calling 028 8676 9949. Walks cost £8 per person with the total amount being donated to Mid-Ulster Stroke Survivors Club.

For further information or to request a walk programme please contact Cookstown Tourist Information Centre on 028 8676 9949 (option 2). We look forward to seeing you!

PLEASE NOTE: All Lough Fea walks on Sunday 25th September will start at the concrete laneway for the sand and gravel pit. Parking facilities and stewards will be on site. Maps are available from www.sperrintrekkers.com