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Free Events this National Trails Day!

Posted on September 23, 2011 @ 11:03 AM in Adventure

Now in its forth year, National Trails Day 2011 is on Sunday 2nd October and sees over 50 FREE guided activity events taking place on local trails throughout Northern Ireland. With everything from guided canoeing trips to historic walking tours and mountain biking skills courses to equestrian trail rides, this year’s National Trails Day is set to be the biggest and best yet!

So why not get outdoors and try a trail near you this National Trails Day. Check out our top picks from all this year's free events below!

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Discover the Island Town of Enniskillen... by Canoe!!!
Join the Erne Paddlers on a trip around the island town of Enniskillen.  Your trip will begin under the imposing 17th centuary Watergate on Maguire’s castle and continue until the bridges and along the waterways of Fermanagh’s county town.

Blessingbourne Mountain Bike Blast
Join experienced mountain bike guides and coaches on a day of exhilerating riding at the newly opened trails at Blessingbourne Estate in Fivemiletown. There will be a series of guided trail rides throughout the day for all ages and abilities.

Lough Shannagh Irish Heritage Walk
A fascinating guided walk exploring the abundance of local flora and fauna on a spectacular trail to Lough Shannagh. A  fantastic opportunity to soak up the culture of the Mourne Mountains and learn about the unique Irish Heriatge of this stunning area.

Can you canoe? – Shaw's Bridge, Belfast
Why not seize the opportunity to learn the basics of canoeing on the River Lagan this National Trails Day. This free guided trip is perfect for those who have had no previous canoeing experience but have always wanted to give it a go! 

Autumn Oaks Guided Walk
Banagher Glen is one of the largest remaining areas of semi-natural deciduous woodland in Northern Ireland, containing numerous ancient oak and ash trees.  The ancient oaks provide a spectacular autumnal backdrop for this fascinating guided walk through the steep-sided glen to the Altnaheglish Reservoir.

Relaxing paddle along the Blackwater
This is a perfect introductory canoe trip for all the family. Setting off from Blackwatertown, you will head upriver along the Blackwater as it lazily meanders through beautiful countryside to the small, picturesque village of Moy.   

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To find out more information on all these great activity events and how you can take part in a FREE event near you on Sunday 2nd October,  visit National Trails Day 2011!


Chris Armstrong
Chris Armstrong  Mountain Bike Officer

Chris looks after all things mountain biking in Northern Ireland's a tough job but someone's gotta do it!

2 comments have been posted in reply to this article

Posted by Karah on November 14, 2011 @ 8:56 PM

That's way more clever than I was expecitng. Thanks!

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