The 12 Walks of Christmas

Dec
19

As it is the season to be jolly, but why not get outdoors with Walking In Your Community’s 12 Walks of Christmas!


1. On the first walk of Christmas...

An Creagán Forest & River Trail

This 3.5 mile circular walk near Omagh is perfect for a short winter stroll.  Try out this River Walk and Forest trail which offers views over the famous An Creagán bog taking in the masses of wildlife on show.

 

2. On the second walk of Christmas...

Castle Archdale Country Park

This superb location is perfect to banish any winter blues. Stay healthy this season and embrace part of 5 mile walk that meanders along the Lough shore and past famous deer enclosure where if you are lucky you may spot one of Santa’s reindeer!

 

3. On the third walk of Christmas...

Giant's Causeway

Brush off those Winter cobwebs with a visit to the North Coast to visit the world famous Giant’s Causeway. This 2 mile circular walk transports you across the causeway coast with stunning views of the Atlantic sea and renowned hexagonal stones.

 

4. On the fourth walk of Chirstmas...

Mount Stewart

Mount Stewart provides the perfect opportunity to work off any extra Christmas pounds with its beautiful 2.3 mile circular walk around the world famous gardens and woodland throughout the estate.

 

5. On the fifth walk of Christmas...

Gosford Forest Park

Take a short dander around some of the 4.4mile Gosford Forest Park trail which will give you the opportunity to spend the festive season admiring the beautiful forest and views of the stunning Gosford Castle.


6. On the sixth walk of Christmas...

Tollymore Forest Park

Embark upon this 3.1 mile River Trail walk at Tollymore this yuletide season. This Co. Down gem is perfect for a cool winter’s day as it brings you along the Shimna River through the extensive forest and to the historical site at Parnell Bridge.


7. On the seventh walk of Christmas...

Blessingbourne

Nestled in Co Tyrone countryside, Blessingbourne has a fantastic 2.5 mile walk to enjoy this Christmas. With the memorising images of Lough Fadda and Blessingbourne House this woodland walk is a must this Christmas!

 

8. On the eighth walk of Christmas...

Dungannon Park

Prepare yourself for a brisk walk to warm the cockles around Dungannon Park! With over 70 acres of land, a freshwater lake and abundance of woodland this 2.1 mile walk is a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of any busy town this Christmas!


9. On the ninth walk of Christmas...

Beechill

This short 1 mile trail around the wooded grounds of the Beech Hill Country House Hotel is perfect for a lazy stroll to work off any chocolate treats this Christmas! The Donnelly Trail leads you through covered woodland which emerges onto a breath taking Lime and Beech Tree avenue.

 

10. On the tenth walk of Christmas...

Stormont

The 2.5 mile walk around the prestigious estate takes you past the historical Parliament Buildings and Prince of Wales Avenue.  Immerse yourself in the fantastic history of this estate but be sure to wrap up warm in your hat and scarf to keep the winter chills at bay.


11. On the eleventh walk of Christmas...

Orlock Point

This 3 mile walk in the Co Down town of Bangor has a superb view of Copeland Islands and across the Irish Sea towards Scotland. Spend some time here this Yuletide season and enjoy the historical sites that makes this walk a much loved spot in Northern Ireland.


12. On the twelfth walk of Christmas...

Loughgall Country Park

Loughgall Country Park has a selection of winter warming trails to choose from this Christmas. Embark on the 2.6 mile Lake Side path walk which transports you through the lake shoreline in the beautiful Orchard County of Armagh.


Whatever the weather remember to take extra care when out walking this winter. You can find some great tips from Walking In Your Community, Top Tip’s For Winter Walks section online.


Remember to snap any of these walks this Christmas and send in all photos to nicola@outdoorrecreationni.com.