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Sligo has simply beautiful landscapes. From rolling hills, to mountain tops, to ocean fronts to meandering backroads – I love them all. Whenever I am home in Sligo I love just walking and exploring, and even if it rains there is still beauty everywhere.
Well, Sligo is hosting it’s first Sligo Walking Festival this month and I have to say that I am pretty excited! You may remember my post about the Killaspugbrone Loop in Strandhill, well I am hoping to discover another hidden gem during the festival. The festival is Sligo’s first county-wide walking festival and is on Fri 27th, Sat 28th and Sun 29th of January 2017.
The festival is an exciting collaboration between the fab Northwest Adventure Tours and the Riverside Hotel and they are hoping to bring visitors to Sligo and showcase the stunning natural beauty of the area to the natives as well.
The walks are graded either A, B or C and basically, they have smartly created three difference levels of walks. You can choose what level you think you are and then plan/book accordingly. They have created packages that include bus transfers from the Riverside hotel so you can leave your car at home and allow the adventurers to shuttle you around for the weekend.
- A walks are for very experienced hikers involving greater distances and more hills.
- B walks are for experienced hill walkers or those with a standard of fitness and ability usually gained through regular exercise.
- C walks are for leisure or regular walkers, these are the easiest walks and require some basic fitness and the ability to walk for 2-3 hours on flat or easy rolling terrain.
On the Friday night, there is an awesome ‘Night Hike‘! This is to launch the festival and it starts at 1830pm. There will be guides to bring you through a section of The Sligo Way providing torches to light your way through this ancient landscape. This sounds just amazing to be honest – though I would need about 10 torches as not a fan of the dark 🙂
I like that there are different levels of walks as I think it makes it so much more accessible. So I also think that if you are at the start of your fitness journey like I am, this will be a fun experience and if you can drag your friends or family along – even better! 🙂
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