Down District Council Promotes Mourne International Walking Festival


To celebrate National Walking in June, Down District Council is encouraging residents to go walking in Down District for a chance to win two free tickets to this year’s Mourne International Walking Festival (27-29 June) and Blister Ball. Ten runners up will each receive a pedometer.

[caption id="attachment_49693" align="alignleft" width="390"]Enjoy National Walking Week Enjoy the National Walking Festival from 27-29 June.[/caption]

Speaking about National Walking Month, Down District Council Chairman, Cllr Maria McCarthy said: “If you need a bit of a push when it comes to physical activity, walking might be the key to kick start a healthy and active you. Walking is one of the simplest forms of physical activity. It has great health benefits and almost everyone can do it. I’m a keen walker myself and feel lucky to live in this district where there are so many beautiful areas to walk through.”

Cllr McCarthy added: “To enter the competition go walking anywhere in Down District. This could be around Delamont Country Park, Newcastle Promenade, Lecale Way, Murlough Beach or even walk to work.

“Take a single or group ‘selfie’ photograph whilst out walking and post on Down District Council’s Facebook page with the caption ‘We love Walking’. You can also post it to twitter @DownDCofficial using the hashtag #DDCWalking or alternatively you can email your pic to

“All entrants will be placed into a ballot and the winner will be announced on Friday 6 June.”

The Mourne International Walking Festival, taking place 27 – 29 June 2014, offers some of the best walking in Ireland set within stunning scenery. There are walks to suit all ages and abilities from lowland routes to rambles and hikes. You can pre book one (£6), two(£12) or three (£15) day tickets.

For more information about the Walking Festival contact Down District Council on 028 4461 0800, email

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