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Ramble On - Top Accessible Walks in Northern Ireland

Posted on July 2, 2012 @ 1:25 PM in Local Outdoors

Getting out and about to enjoy the outdoors is for everyone!  The good news is there are plenty of enjoyable and accessible walks across Northern Ireland, suitable for people with reduced mobility and those with disabilities.  Venture Outdoors has handpicked some of the most accessible walks below:

Antrim

Botanic Gardens: located in central Belfast beside the Ulster Museum, this circular walk is beautiful, scenic and less than 1 mile long.  The area features a Rose Garden, Tropical Ravine and Palm House.

Divis Mountain Lough Trail: Get some mountain air in your lungs! The Divis Mountain Lough Trail was specifically designed for people with limited mobility and is a gentle circular route that leads you across the open hill on a wide, flat and gently sloping path. Lough Neagh, the Sperrins and further a field can be viewed on a clear day.

Armagh 

Craigavon Lakes: An extensive network of walking and cycling paths are set within the Parkland around the Craigavon Lakes and are suitable for disabled users and families

Oxford Island: This trail takes in the Oxford Island National Nature Reserve and is a haven for wildlife. Visitors can explore a range of habitats from woodlands to reedbeds. There are 2 Shop Mobility scooters available for free use to those with limited mobility capable of using them. Booking is advised. 

Down

  Crawsfordsburn Country Park Coastal Rambles: Beautiful rambles in a superb setting overlooking Belfast Lough.  Allow a whole morning or afternoon.

Fermanagh

Florencecourt Forest Park, Lady’s Well Walk:  A short gentle walk skirting the parkland in front of the mansion house, passing the Lady's Well and meandering through varying ages of broadleaved woodland before returning to the car park. This walk is suitable for the elderly and less able visitors.

Tyrone

Dungannon Park: The Park Trail is set amongst the beautiful backdrop of Dungannon Park - a 70 acre oasis 

Derry 

Springhill House Walk: A circular walk through Springhill Estate visits the gardens, Springhill House, estate walk and Demesne. 

For more walks across Northern Ireland visit Walk NI

 

Claire Overend
Claire Overend  Venture Outdoor Development Officer

Claire has been has been in the Outdoor Recreation NI team since 2010. As Development Officer for the Venture Outdoors Project she is responsible for creating opportunities for those from disabled, minority ethnic and socially disadvantaged communities to enjoy Northern Ireland's outdoors.

Claire is a keen mountain biker and snow sports enthusiast.

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