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Walk Challenge Checklist 2016

Posted on January 26, 2016 @ 2:50 PM in Walking

Who’s up for a walking challenge in 2016?  We’ve put together a list of our top walk challenges for you to complete in 2016.  Some more challenging than others see how many you can tick off throughout the year…

Take on the Mourne Seven Sevens Challenge – 13th August 

Seven of the highest peaks in the Mournes in one day, covering a distance of 18 miles and an ascent of 2,495m this is no mean feat! Organised by by local walking club Spartan Red Sox this annual challenge is considered one of the toughest.  For a first-hand account from someone who completed the challenge in 2015 check out the WalkNI blog, ‘Taking on the Mourne Seven Sevens Challenge

Attend a Walking Festival 

With festivals happening in the Mourne Mountains, North Coast, Sperrins and Fermanagh there is plenty of opportunity to explore the diverse variety of landscapes and perhaps hike somewhere new with likeminded people.  Keep an eye on the WalkNI Festival calendar for information throughout the year.  

Complete the Causeway Coast Challenge Walk – 1st May 2016 

Organised by local rambling club, the Bannside Ramblers, this annual long distance walking event showcases the very best that the North Coast has to offer.  The 30km route from Portballintrae to Portbradden and back along the rugged coastal path passes the world famous Giant’s Causeway. All walk completers get a certificate and badge to wear with pride!  Check out the WalkNI blog, ‘Taking on the Causeway Coast Walk Challenge’ for a first hand account from one walking club who headed to the North Coast to take on the challenge in 2015.

Walk a Waymarked Way 

Ranging in length from 20-40 miles, these long distance walking routes pass through some of the most beautiful scenery in the country along the Ulster Way.  Signed by waymarker posts some of the routes are cross country so it is advisable to also bring a map and compass when completing these routes.  Download your free waymarked way guides

Mourne Way

Put Your Best Foot Forward for Charity

There are loads of walk challenge events taking place for charity each year.  Keep an eye out on the WalkNI events calendar for any new ones added throughout the year. Why not take on PLOD; a gruelling 50 km midnight hike in the Mournes in aid of Action Medical Research or Join Simon Community for a 10 mile "Game Of Thrones" themed sponsored walk in aid of homelessness?

Mourne Plod Action Medical Research

Summit the Highest Points

Make it your mission to visit the highest points in NI.  You can reach the highest point in Belfast without too much of a strenuous climb on the Divis Summit Trail  or tackle a more demanding county high point such as Cuilcagh Mountain in Co. Fermanagh before taking on the highest point in Northern Ireland, Slieve Donard

Slieve Donard

If you decide to take on any of these challenges throughout 2016, let us know how you get on!  Share your experiences on the WalkNI Facebook page or email

Good luck!

Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson  Marketing Officer

Sarah joined the marketing team of Outdoor Recreation NI in 2011. A firm believer in giving anything a go at least once (unless it involves jumping out of a plane at 6,000ft!) she is always looking for new adventures in the outdoors and can often be found wandering the Mournes or Glens of Antrim attempting not to get lost!

1 comment has been posted in reply to this article

Posted by Ashley on January 27, 2016 @ 5:13 PM

This is a great advertisement for walking in Northern Ireland. I hope I can take part in some of what's on offer here.

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