Over 90 people put on their walking boots/shoes and tried walking with their local rambling club as part of this years UFRC Open Weekend.
Walks took place in the Mournes, Glenariff, Antrim Hills, Crawfordsburn and Comber Greenway.
Over 12 clubs from across Northern Ireland took part in the initiative hosting specially tailored welcome/invitation walks on Saturday 30th September, Sunday 1st & 8th October. Highlights included exploring the spectacular waterfalls in Glenariff, a walk along the Comber Greenway, a walk along Mill River Gorge and a walk followed by tea and scones in Crawfordsburn. The spirit of the groups was high with many walkers planning to return for a second walk or joining as a member of the club.
Reflecting on the event UFRC Active Clubs Coordinator Claire Overend said,
“What a fantastic success for our walking clubs. It is great to see so many new faces out walking in locations across Northern Ireland, experiencing the social and health benefits associated with these communities of walkers. Due to popular demand, the UFRC plan on holding future events like the Open Weekend so be sure to keep an eye out on the UFRC website and WalkNI.com for details.”
Walkers are also welcomed to contact clubs directly to arrange joining them for a walk, full contact details of clubs and their annual walk programmes can be found on the Clubs section of the UFRC website.
The UFRC are currently supported by SportNI & The National Lottery Fund through the Active Clubs Programme.