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Autumn Guided Walks

Step Out in the Sperrins

Discover its hidden gems this autumn and winter with our series of guided walks. All walks are guided by experienced guides, Brendan of Brough Tours and Ita McCrory, who both have made The Sperrins their home. 

The Sperrin Mountains, stretching along the border counties of Tyrone and Derry, can best be described as wild, untouched and beautiful. The variety of walking trails in this picturesque region is one of Northern Ireland's greatest secrets. 


The Carntogher Way 

When: Sunday 27 September at 10am
Meeting Point: An Carn Centre, 132A Tirkane Road, Maghera, BT46 5NH


Moydamlaght Forest and Bohilbreaga

When: Sunday 25 October at 10am 
Meeting Point: An Rath Dubh Centre, 53 Moneyneany Road, Moneyneany, Draperstown, BT45 7EN


Slieve Gallion

When: Sunday 29 November at 10am 
Meeting Point: Iniscarn Forest, Iniscarn Road, Desertmartin

(The forest is off the A29 Tobermore to Moneymore road. As you reach Desertmartin take the left turn before the shop. Follow this road for three miles until you come to a T-junction. Turn left. The forest is half a mile on the right.)


Crockmore and Crockbrack 

When: Sunday 31 January 2021 at 10am
Meeting Point: An Rath Dubh Centre, 53 Moneyneany Road, Moneyneany, Draperstown, BT45 7EN


Knockmany Forest 

When: Sunday 28 February 2021 at 10am 
Meeting Point: Forest Car Park, Knockmany Road

(Follow brown forest sign from roundabout in Augher and forest 1.9 miles on left hand side.)  


Booking Information

  • Limited to 15 persons per walk
  • Booking essential through The Bridewell Visitor Information Centre, Magherafelt, telephone 028 7963 1510
  • £10 per person per walk
  • Book all five walks together for £40 per person 

Know before you go 

Clothing
We’ve put together a handy list of basic walking gear that all participants in our guided walks should have:

  • Sturdy walking boots – ideally waterproof  
  • Waterproof jacket and possibly waterproof trousers, depending on the forecast
  • A warm fleece
  • Lightweight layers of t-shirts, even a thermal t-shirt can be appreciated when the temperature drops! In colder days it is better to wear layers rather that one heavy garment
  • Walking trousers or shorts with wicking fabric (not cotton as they do not dry quickly and can become very cold)
  • Bring a change of clothes and have them in your car in case they’re needed at the end of the walk
  • Hats all year round and gloves when it is cooler
  • Walking poles are optional but recommended.  Always use two to provide better balance to the body

Food
Food is important to a hill walker as they need energy and fluids as their walk progresses.  Below are some suggestions:

  • Hot drink in a flask.  Could be tea, coffee or soup  
  • 1ltr of water
  • Sandwiches
  • Snack bars that will give you energy

It is always safer to carry more food and drink than you would eat at home as you will expend a lot of energy and possibly be exposed to both hot and cold weather.
 
First Aid

  • For participants who have specific medical issues then please advise guides of this at the commencement of the walk and ensure that you have brought the relevant medication with you.  Also made sure that the guide is aware where your medication is in your rucksack
  • Sun cream for the warm and wind weather we may have
  • Some like to carry a plastic bivvy bag

COVID-19 guidelines 

  • Bring your own hand sanitizer and use when after you have touched surfaces you have to touch like a stile or gate  
  • Maintain good hygiene at all times
  • Ensure good social distancing within the group and when passing other walkers on paths. (2 metres)
  • Walk to the left had side when single file on a path is necessary
  • When meeting other walkers on a narrow path stop and face outward from the path
  • Bring a face mask.  A situation could arise where it will be required
  • Avoid physical contact with other walker’s equipment such as walking poles and maps
  • Practice good common safety requirements for yourself and others

For more information

Advice from The Ulster Federation of Rambling Clubs

Inspired to get out and about?

Find more walks at Walk NI 

Mid Ulster District Council recognises that walking is an activity with a potential risk of personal injury. Participants should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.

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