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Action Packed Ring of Gullion Get Outdoors Event

August 25, 2014

It’s all happening at Slieve Gullion for the Get Outdoors Extravaganza on Saturday 20th September! Newry and Mourne District Council and Outdoor Recreation Nl have teamed up to encourage the public to get outdoors and try something new in Slieve Gullion Forest Park.

The event will showcase some of the excellent outdoor activities that are available in the Ring of Gullion area. There will be plenty to keep the kids amused, with pop-up rock camps with Mourne, Cooley and Gullion Geotourism project, and a family walk around the Slieve Gullion Forest Park Drive with the Gap O’ The North Hill Walking Club.

Therese Hamill, Ring of Gullion AONB Officer said “It is great to have the Gap O’ The North Hill Walking Club involved again. The club was formed in January 2011 and has grown year on year, with a membership ranging in age from 20 to 70+ years.

“They are based in the Gap O’ the North Pub in Jonesborough and have a strong local focus in the Ring of Gullion and the Cooleys providing walks for all levels, even families. We are very grateful that they are taking a break out of their busy schedule to provide a walk for the Get Outdoors Weekend”.

The event will also welcome well-known ecologist Dale Treadwell. Dale has become a regular feature on RTE and TV3 promoting ‘kid zone’ activities at various shows. The climbing tower and archery provided by East Coast Adventure Centre will also be making an appearance at the event.

Not forgetting the adults, there will be a 15 mile guided cycle ride in the Ring of Gullion area and plenty of bushcraft workshops, which proved very popular last year.

There will also be stands from local outdoor activity providers. With events happening from 11.30am until 4.00pm, make sure to pack a picnic and have a memorable day out. Booking is essential for some activities and they will open on the Ring of Gullion website -www.ringofgullion.org from the 25 August.

The Ring of Gullion Get Outdoors Extravaganza is a free event supported by Newry and Mourne Council, Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Outdoor Recreation Nl and the INTERREG-funded Mourne Cooley Gullion Geotourism project.

To find out more about the Gap of the North Club, visit www.gaponorth.co.uk

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