Launch of summer walk programme

Forest walk

Published: 11th July 2016

Image courtesy of Tourism NI

A new five week walk programme to help people get more active more often will take place in the district during the summer.

The walking programme, which features a different walk each week, will take place on Monday evenings starting with a 3 mile walk on 25 July, building up to a 7 mile walk on the fifth and final week of the programme.

The walk programme is part of Sport Northern Ireland’s Every Body Active 2020 programme which is part funded by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.

Chairperson of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Mary Garrity, said:

“The Every Body Active walk programme is a wonderful way for people to take their first steps to fitness this summer while getting outdoors and enjoying our beautiful natural surroundings.

Being active is vital for positive health and well-being. The walk programme is a good way to get into the habit of exercise and I encourage people to make the most of the bright evenings and take part in this programme.”

The programme will take people on a number of different walking trails over the course of the five weeks including:

Walk 1: Monday 25 July, 6.45 pm, meet at Seskinore Forest car park for 3 mile forest trail walk;

Walk 2: Monday 1 August, 6.45 pm, meet at An Cregan car park for 3.5 mile forest trail walk;

Walk 3: Monday 8 August, 6.45 pm, meet at Omagh Leisure Complex car park for 4 mile cycle path and bridge walk;

Walk 4: Monday 15 August, 6.45 pm, meet at Gortin Glens car park for 3 mile walk with strenuous hills and forest trails; and

Walk 5: Monday 22 August, 6.45 pm, meet at Barnes Gap car park for 7 mile walk with challenging hills and road trail.

Each walk will be led by qualified walk leaders.

Sport Northern Ireland Interim Chair, Brian Delaney, commented:

“Sport NI is delighted to be investing over £6m of National Lottery funding in the 11 District Councils across Northern Ireland. By working together over the next 4 years on the delivery of Strand 1 of Every Body Active 2020 we will begin to see real changes in sport and physical activity participation – especially amongst women and girls, people with a disability and those in areas of greatest social need. We look forward to seeing the impact of our investment for people in our communities, helping them to enjoy, engage and excel in sport and leading to a population which is more active more often.”

Participation on the programme is free. To register interest to take part in the walk programme please contact Billie-Jo Irwin, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council on 0300 303 1777 or email billie-jo.irwin@fermanaghomagh.com.

 

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