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Mourne International Walking Festival celebrates 20th anniversary

Pictured launching the Mourne International Walking Festival are Roisin Mulgrew, Chair of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and Peter Rafferty, a mountain leader with Walk the Mournes

The Mourne International Walking Festival returns next month and this year the three-day event celebrates its 20th anniversary.

The festival kicks off on Friday June 22 and participants can choose between nine walks which are designed to suit all fitness levels and showcase the majesty of the Mourne Moutains.

You are advised to register in advance and buy your pass via this eventbrite page. The festival hub will be Hugh McCann’s on Central Promenade in Newcastle and it will be open for registration from 8am on each day of the festival with organisers asking that walkers sign out by 6pm to indicate they have finished their walk.

A one-day ticket for the walking and hiking festival costs £6, a two-day ticket is £12 and a ticket for all three days costs £15.
Friday 22 June

Walk 1 - 15 km The Mourne Way

Saturday 23 June

Walk 2 - 10km road/track walk

Walk 3 - 20km road/track walk

Walk 4 - 13km mountain ramble (strenuous)

Walk 5 - 12km mountain hike (very strenuous)

Sunday 24 June 

Walk 6 - 12km road/track walk

Walk 7 - 20km road/track walk

Walk 8 - 15km mountain ramble (strenuous)

Walk 9 - 10.5km mountain hike (very strenuous)

There will be the chance to celebrate your walking achievements by attending the Life and Sole Swing festival evening event on Saturday 24 at McCann's in Newcastle. A hot buffet meal will be provided and a ceilidh band will be performing for those with enough energy left to get up and dance.


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