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Published: 30th September 2015

Fermanagh Autumn Walking Festival will take place from Saturday 10 to Monday 12 October 2015.

Organised by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, the Fermanagh Autumn Walking Festival programme takes in some of Fermanagh’s finest landscapes and includes walks suitable for families, people with a disability and experienced walkers. All walks are led by an experienced guide.

A family walk will take place on Saturday 10 October in the Marble Arch National Nature Reserve at 2 pm. The walk will bring participants through the unique woodland and will include fun activities, such as bark rubbing and fossil searching, along the way.

A 12-kilometre trek on Cuilcagh Mountain, suitable for experienced walkers, will also take place on October 10. Cuilcagh Mountain, the highest point in County Fermanagh, is home to the one of the largest expanses of blanket bog in Northern Ireland and is renowned for its rich and diverse flora and fauna. Weather dependent, this guided walk will bring participants to the summit of Cuilcagh Mountain and along the recently opened mountain boardwalk.  The boardwalk, which was built with funding provided by theEuropean Union through the INTERREG IVA Border Uplands Project managed by the Special European Union Programmes Body and the Irish Central Border Area Network, was constructed to protect the precious blanket bog from erosion caused by walkers in the Cuilcagh Mountain Special Area of Conservation.

The Festival will draw to a close on Monday 12 October 2015 with a number of Inclusive Walks, suitable for people with a disability, their family, friends and carers at the Lough Erne Resort, Enniskillen. The walks will bring participants along an accessible pathway which offers breath-taking views of Lower Lough Erne.

All events are free of charge and weather dependent.

Speaking about the forthcoming Fermanagh Autumn Walking Festival, Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly, said:

“The Fermanagh Autumn Walking Festival programme enables people of various abilities to get outdoors and enjoy some of Fermanagh’s most spectacular landscapes with the guidance of an experienced walk leader. The walks selected for this year’s programme ensure that there is a walk suitable for everyone to enjoy.”

Places on each walk are limited and booking is essential. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Please download a registration form from the related files panel on this web page for the Cuilcagh Mountain and Inclusive Walks.  To book a place on the Family Walk please contact the Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre on 028 6634 8855.

For further enquiries telephone Chris Elliott, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, on 0300 303 1777.

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