The North Leitrim Glens Walking Festival, an annual event over Easter weekend, organised by the Holey Soles Hill Walking Club has over the years attracted walkers from all over Ireland and occasionally foreign visitors.
The Club look forward to welcoming back familiar faces, and many new ones, to the 21st Festival on Saturday April 4 and Sunday, April 5.
There are two main hill walks each day through the hills of North Leitrim and a ramble on Sunday suitable for families. These are non-competitive events with time to take in the unspoilt scenery, and enjoy good company and craic.
All walks are led by experienced guides with local knowledge to point out the highlights along the way.
This year all the walks will be around the Rossinver area in county Leitrim.
A high standard of fitness is required for the long hill walks - at around 12 - 16 kilometres these can take 5 or 6 hours. Although the medium walks will be shorter at around 8 - 10 kilometres, taking 4 or 5 hours, they cannot be considered easy either. Some walks may involve a bit of rock scrambling, wet bogs and steep inclines which may not be suitable for everyone, although the beautiful views will make it worth the effort.
Adequate weatherproof clothing and footwear are essential and each walker must bring sufficient food and water for the day.
This year the registration centre is at the Home Bar in Rossinver, Co Leitrim, between Manorhamilton and Garrison. All walkers must register here before going on any walk. Registration opens at 9am each morning.
Walkers can choose to walk one day for €15, or both days for €25. This fee includes the cost of transport and refreshments before the walks. After the Saturday walks there will be a meal and music in the Home Bar. On Sunday, after the walks, there will be complimentary soup.
The short ramble at Fowley’s Falls on Sunday costs only €10 and is ideal for those who like an interesting and informative walk and talk at a leisurely pace.
Accompanied children participate for free, but this walk is not suitable for baby buggies.
The guides will provide commentaries in English and Irish on local wildlife, foraging, history and folklore.
For further information on walks and local accommodation contact the Holey Soles by visiting their website: http://sites.google.com/site/hshillwalkers or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org