Top Walking Spots in Northern Ireland Revealed
The Mourne Mountains have been crowned the ‘Best Walking Destination’ in Northern Ireland whilst the Causeway Coast and Glens are officially home to the ‘Most Epic View’ as voted for by members of the public in the inaugural WalkNI Awards.
Celebrating all that is great about walking in Northern Ireland, award categories included favourite walking destination and routes as well as the best views, festivals and events with 1400 votes being cast via www.WalkNI.com.
Sarah Nelson who manages WalkNI.com commented, “These awards are a fantastic way of showcasing the outstanding walking product we have available in Northern Ireland. Walking is one of the most accessible forms of exercise and with beautiful landscapes like the Mournes and Causeway Coast on our doorstep there are lots of opportunities to get out exploring.”
The highest and most dramatic mountain range in Northern Ireland also claimed awards in two other categories including the annual Mourne International Walking Festival winning ‘Best Walking Festival’ and Slieve Donard via Glen River topping the poll for the ‘Best Route in the Mourne Mountains’.
Other awards secured for the Causeway Coast and Glens included the Causeway Coast Challenge Walk, organised by local walking group the Bannside Ramblers, winning ‘Best Walk Challenge Event’ and Ballintoy to Bushmills along the Causeway Coast Way securing the ‘Best Route in the Causeway Coast and Glens’.
Belfast man, Dermot Breen took home the ‘Outstanding Achievement through Walking’ Award for his inspirational fundraising efforts for Cancer Research UK whilst walking a distance of 652 miles along the Ulster Way in memory of his wife.
Visit WalkNI.com for a full list of award winners and for more information on walking routes throughout Northern Ireland as well as upcoming walking festivals, events and downloadable walk guides.
WalkNI Award Winners
Favourite Walking Destination – Mourne Mountains
Most Epic View – North Antrim Cliff Path, Co. Antrim
Best Walking Festival – Mourne International Walking Festival
Best Walk Challenge Event – Causeway Coast Challenge Walk
Favourite Walk in the Mournes – Slieve Donard via Glen River
Favourite Walk in the Causeway Coast and Glens – Ballintoy to Bushmills along the Causeway Coast Way
Outstanding Achievement through Walking – Dermot Breen (Cancer Research UK)