The Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan is encouraging people of all ages and fittness levels across Co Leitrim to get involved in a number of local events organised as part of the fifth all- Ireland National Trails Day which will take place this Sunday, 7th October.
National Trails Day is aimed at increasing awareness of the recreational facilities available to everyone and encourages people to experience a trail in their locality. As part of the day a number of events have been organised in Co Leitrim including a Hillwalk with the Holey Soles Hillwalking Club and a History, Biodiversity and Sculpture Walk with Leitrim Landscapes Guided Walks. Both walks will be held in Glenfarne, Co Leitrim. For something a little different there will also be an Electric Bike trail taking participants 11km to a fully guided Nature Trail Bog walk. Participants are asked to meet at Leitrim Village.
National Trails Day is an all- Ireland event organised by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, the National Trails Office of the Irish Sports Council, Coillte and Fáilte Ireland along with Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland. This year over 150 events are taking place across the country.
At the recent launch of this year’s event, Minister Deenihan issued a call to all those who have previously never considered taking a trail before to take come out on the day, “Ireland has an incredible network of trails weaving through our mountains, rivers, hills and forests exposing us to beautiful scenery and wildlife. As Minister for Heritage, of particular interest to me is the focus on heritage and biodiversity trails as part of National Trails Day. People can take part in trail walks that focus on, for example, the 1798 rebellion in Wicklow, the red squirrel in Tyrone, and the exceptional diversity of the raised bog habitat in Clara, County Offaly. National Trails Day is an excellent way to engage with our beautiful landscape, and its biodiversity and heritage, and I would strongly encourage people to take to a trail on foot or bike on October 7th.”
A full listing of events is on www.nationaltrailsday.ie. Event organisers can still post events for the day by logging on to the website and completing the form.