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Taking on the Causeway Coast Walk Challenge

Posted on June 4, 2015 @ 3:37 PM in Walking

Causeway Coast Walk Challenge

UPDATE  2016 **This year the Causeway Coast Walk Challenge will take place on 1st May 2016.  Visit WalkNI for event details. 

Last month Dublin based walking club Oldtown Road Trailbreakers headed to the North Coast to take on the Causeway Coast Challenge Walk. A 30km walk along the rugged coastal path of the Causeway Coast Way organised by local walking club the Bannside Ramblers, the route features some of the best views Ireland has to offer.  Martin Dunne, one of the founding members of the Dublin based club shares his experience of their walking trip North…

Hiking in Northern Ireland is nothing new to the Club, it was actually on an excursion to Slieve Binnian in 2012 where the name The Oldtown Road Trailbreakers was christened!! It was on the recommendation of three of our hikers who attended last years challenge that we decide to take this one on this year and boy we weren't disappointed. The only thing that matched the scenery and banter of the day was the welcome we received on arrival and the care and attention to detail of this well organised event. An absolute credit to the Bannside Ramblers.

Our day started with a 5am start leaving Balbriggan and heading up to have ourselves ready for hiking at 8:30am. The weather didn't seem to want to play ball at the beginning but we were soon we'll into our stride and as the scenery took hold of us the weather seemed to matter little. This truly is one of the most pictorial trails we've taken to date with postcard type views around every corner and over every hill. It's a photographers dream and we were instructed to stop many times by our very own club photographer Sandra to pose for some of the great shots you can see of our day.

Causeway Coast Way

The route itself was not extremely difficult but the distance of the challenge made us take it seriously. Again the quality organisation of the event made sure that no one would suffer much as the welcomed water stops and coffee Van at the halfway point were as well positioned as they were well received !! There was certainly nothing technically difficult about the route and the navigation is as straight forward as any hike we've been on however the well maintained trail is a credit to the area and again the views are the absolute making of this special event.

Causeway Coast WayLooking down on Port Moon Bothy

It's safe to say that everyone was happy to finish the trail though after a long day and a decent distance covered. An 8hr hike is always a trek. Again a thanks to the Bannside Ramblers for the snacks and drinks at the finish and the classy touch of a certificate of completion and a badge to remember the day. The after event dinner at the Bayview Hotel was a welcomed celebration of the day and spirits were high and the conversation of the day flowed along with many tasty well earned beverages.

Oldtown road trailbreakers

It was a long day as we returned home around 10pm that night, though these long trips are nothing new to us and as long as we enjoy our days as much as we did this one we will continue to take on these type of challenges. We regularly hike in the Mourne Mountains and after sampling what the North Coast has to offer we will certainly be venturing back !! There has already been rumblings within the club about returning for this years Causeway Marathon Challenge so this won't be the last time the Trailbreakers come to the Coast.

The Causeway Coast Challenge Walk takes place at the start of May each year.  The route follows part of the Causeway Coast Way from Portballintrae to Portbraddan and back.  If you would like to walk this section of fabulous coastline yourself, walking route details and maps can be downloaded for free from WalkNI.com (see sections 3-5 of the Causeway Coast Way).

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Martin Dunne
Martin Dunne  Cofounder of Oldtown Road Trailbreakers Walking Club

Martin is the cofounder of the Oldtown Road Trailbreakers and continues to lead them on treks and adventures all over the country. An avid outdoor enthusiast, who if not on the Trails can be found kayaking the inlets and Islands of the East Coast. Never one to sit easy he is always busy helping to plot the next big Trailbreakers Adventure.

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