Walks for wellies and paws, views and wildlife
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Famed for its outstanding natural beauty, Northern Ireland’s landscape is remarkably diverse. The haunting scenery ranges from the peaceful Fermanagh Lakeland and rolling drumlin landscape of Strangford Lough, to the bizarrely shaped basalt columns of the Giant’s Causeway and the wild granite peaks of the Mourne Mountains.
Whatever you want, whether it’s for wellies or paws, views or wildlife – we have a walk for you. Here are five of our favourites.
Get active and explore the outdoors at Castle Ward on our multi-purpose trail network. The 21 miles (34 km) of trails, which vary in length, are excellent for spotting wildlife and taking in the stunning scenery of Strangford Lough. With over 800 acres of coastal, woodland and parkland paths it's a walkers' paradise.
Hidden caches have been hidden around the world, and there are several hidden on Divis and the Black Mountain. Their coordinates have been uploaded onto www.opencaching.com along with details and clues. All you have to do is load this information into a compatible GPS device and set out on a family adventure to find them.
With a view
There are four stunning trails at the Giant’s Causeway with panoramic views of the World Heritage Site. The cliffs and bays lashed by wind and waves are breathtaking. See the Camel, Giant’s Granny, the Causeway and Giant’s Boot – there’s so much to see outdoors, and indoors in the new Visitor Centre.
The woodland walk at Rowallane Garden is a favourite with our four legged friends and their owners. The walk takes you through the tranquil wooded garden perimeter with glimpses of the green farmland fields and skirting the famous Rock Garden Wood. Dogs are welcome on leads in the garden and there is also a dedicated large open space for dogs to exercise off lead.
Crom, set within the winding waters of Upper Lough Erne, is one of Northern Ireland’s best kept secrets - a place of remoteness, peace and quiet, and great beauty. Its varied habitats and ancient woodland host a wealth of wildlife, making it a magical world to visit on foot or by boat. Close to the old castle ruins are Crom’s famous Yew Trees.
For further information on walks in Northern Ireland visit www.walkni.com