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Mourne International Walking Festival celebrating 20 years

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The Mourne International Walking Festival celebrates two decades of discovery in June.

The Mourne International Walking Festival celebrates two decades of discovery in June.

The Mourne International Walking Festival celebrates two decades of discovery in June.

The Mourne International Walking Festival celebrates two decades of outdoor enjoyment and discovery next month.

The three-day event returns on Friday, June 22 and runs until Sunday, June 24.

This Festival celebrates the Mourne Mountains area, with its sweeping slopes, granite peaks and stunning coastline views.

This year’s special event will feature a range of routes suitable for those who are just starting out, those keen to put their best foot forward and those more experienced to walking a tougher terrain.

Launched by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, the annual festival welcomes hundreds of individual, group and family walkers of every age and all nine routes to choose from have been carefully planned to impress at both low and higher levels.

The Mourne Mountains has already been recognised as the Best Walking Destination in Northern Ireland by WalkNI.

The Mourne International Walking Festival has also won the WalkNI Favourite Walking Event award for two consecutive years.

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The Mourne International Walking Festival celebrates two decades of discovery in June.

The Mourne International Walking Festival celebrates two decades of discovery in June.

Roisin Mulgrew, Chair of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, said: “A landscape steeped in history, heritage, myths and legends, the Mourne International Walking Festival welcomes visitors from across the UK, Ireland and further afield who continue to come not only for an inspirational walking experience but also the warmth of the welcome and the hospitality on offer.”

The walking festival features a variety of self-guided lowland walks including more strenuous mountain climbs ranging in distance from 10km to 40, so everyone is encouraged to gauge what would be most suitable for them.

For more information, visit www.visitmournemountains.co.uk.

Belfast Telegraph