BOOTS N BOGS WALKING FESTIVAL AT SLAIBH BEAGH THIS WEEKEND

11 April 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The Knockatallon Ramblers in association with the Coonian Ramblers will host its popular annual Boots n Bogs walking festival on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th April 2014.

Based in the scenic Sliabh Beagh area, the club invites anyone who enjoys walking in the countryside to come along. Both the Three County Hollow walk and shorter Tra walk will start together and proceed at a leisurely pace.

The 15km Three County Hollow walk on Saturday starts from the Sliabh Beagh Hotel, Knockatallon. Steeped in local myth and legend, the Sliabh Beagh Way meanders through the valleys of County Tyrone, the drumlins of County Monaghan and the lakeland of County Fermanagh. The walk will traverse one of the best examples of preserved bog habitat in Ireland. Walkers will pass over the highest point in County Monaghan before arriving at the Three Counties Hollow where counties Tyrone, Fermanagh and Monaghan converge.

The walk on Sunday is hosted by the Coonian Ramblers in the beautiful, unspoilt border region of South Fermanagh. Walkers will enjoy miles of forest trails and a trek across the bog in a rich and diverse ecological habitat. The pollution-free location is an ideal environment for flora and wildlife to flourish. The Coonian Community Centre is signposted at Fivemiletown.

Registration: Saturday 10.30-11.00am at Slaibh Beagh Hotel, Knockatallon. Sunday 12.30pm at Coonian Community Centre. Cover charge €10 or £8 includes light refreshments.

The Sliabh Beagh Hotel, situated at the starting point for the Saturday walk is the ideal place to stay for the festival weekend. For a special offer on hotel bookings please phone 047 89014. There will be music in the Sliabh Beagh Hotel lounge on Saturday night.

All walks are guided by experienced members. Waterproof clothing and footwear are strongly advisable. Bring a packed lunch for a stop along the route. For further information and directions contact Paddy on 087 2525457. http://www.knockatallonramblers.wordpress.com

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