The event started with the Gap of the North Walking Group lead walk. The walking group provided 100 participations from far and wide with a taster of how enjoyable walking in the Ring of Gullion area is. The leaders of the group entertained everyone with the history of the area.
Next up, was the historical cycle ride to Killeavy Churches lead by the Mourne Cooley Gullion Geotourism project with the bikes provided by JMC Cycles for the day. The project also provided a Geology Walk to show people how the rocks in the landscape can provide information on the past.
Ray Mears will be getting a run for his money with the number of participants taking part in the brush craft skills workshop provided by Buzzard Bushcraft.
For the thrill seekers, East Coast Adventures helped to encourage some new Robin Hoods with Archery in the garden area and participants got to climb to new highest on their climbing wall.
Jumping Clay provided fun activities for the younger generation and Abby McSherry from Newry and Mourne District Council took the Biodiversity Walk to help introduce the groups to the wildlife in the Ring of Gullion area.
Therese Hamill, Ring of Gullion Officer said “It was a great day with lots of activities for everyone, hopefully it will show the public, the range of ways, they can enjoy this great area”.
“The Council would like to thank all the organisations for the use of their car parks and to all the providers, without them this day would not have being possible.”
This event is part of the Get Outdoors Weekend. The weekend was held to try and get as many people as possible enjoying outdoor activities across Northern Ireland by offering a range of FREE events.
Get Outdoors Weekend was organised by Outdoor Recreation NI in partnership with financial partners, Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Sport Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Waterways Ireland with support from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and sponsors ASDA.
The Ring of Gullion Get Outdoors Extravaganza was a free event supported by Newry and Mourne Council, NEIA, and the INTERREG-funded Mourne Cooley Gullion Geotourism project.