THE updated 625-mile Ulster Way – providing a circular walking route around the best landscapes in Northern Ireland – is being launched today.
Organisers promoting the route say that few others around the world feature such a vast array of woodland, mountains, coastline, moorland and built heritage.
The Ulster Way was first developed by Wilfred Capper in the 1970s and 80s, aiming to take in the best of the Province’s scenery, using off-road paths, quiet roads and linking up with youth hostels.
But the decades have taken their toll.
“Many of those roads are not quiet any longer and there are issues about access to private land in some places,” said Chris Scott, marketing officer with the Countryside Access and Activities Network.
“The Causeway Coast section, which is one of the most popular, is unchanged, but some parts of the walk in the Sperrins and Fermanagh have changed quite a bit,” said Mr Scott.
“There has been much development of the walks to bring them through villages and towns so that they can all benefit from the Ulster Way walkers.”
A book on the new Ulster Way is in production, as are updated walking guides for every county of Northern Ireland, said Mr Scott.
For non-internet users, a WalkNI brochure of 50 walks around the Province is already available from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board on 028 9024 6609.
The www.walkni.com website contains an expanding database of other short and medium walks across the Province. Any walks not on the list can be added by sending a description to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 028 90 303 930.
Visit www.walkni.com/ ulsterway for more information.