A series of new literary trails inspired by the 19th century author, William Carleton, have been launched in Clogher.
Developed by Mid Ulster District Council, the way-marked trail extends over 48kms in the County Tyrone’s Clogher Valley, representing an investment of £20K and offering walkers a choice of 3 routes to explore the landscape, history and architecture of the area which was home to William Carleton (1794 – 1869) in the early part of his life and inspired much of his work.
The trails, which start and end at Clogher, all have information panels at intervals to provide historical context and are suitable for the most seasoned of walkers who aim to complete the entire trail or for those who prefer to meander in shorter staged.
The trails were launched at the start of the annual William Carleton Summer School by Chair of the Council, Councillor Kim Ashton, who said:
“I can think of no better time, or place, to be launching a series of way-marked trails which have taken their inspiration from William Carleton and the landscape which so inspired him and his work.
“These are upgraded walking trails which extend for an impressive 48 kilometres around the lush countryside of the Clogher Valley, providing an opportunity to experience the landscape and some of the history and heritage of this part of Tyrone.
“They are an important element of our on-going work to shine a light on our literary heritage in this part of the world and I look forward to seeing the trails well-walked in the months and years to come”.
Guides to the new walking trail are available from Visitor Information Centres and can be downloaded from www.midulstercouncil.org/carletontrail.