Most of the walks need no specialist equipment and where it is required this has been noted. Walking shoes or stout footwear with good gripping soles should be worn. You should also take something to eat and drink (hot or cold, depending on the weather). It is always a good idea to carry a light waterproof or windproof suit in case weather protection is needed.
Maps have been provided to give detail of the routes and the numbers on maps refer to sections of accompanying text. Full size Ordnance Survey (OSNI) maps at 1:50,000 scale will increase your enjoyment of the area. These are available through Tourist Information Centres and most local bookshops and newsagents in the area. Discover series OSNI maps that cover the area are :
A car is helpful in reaching the start of routes, but public buses can reach the start and finish of many of the walks. For up to date service details and times from Translink, telephone 028 9066 6630 or visit www.translink.co.uk. Local taxis are often competitively priced and can help in returning to the car or starting point.
Access to the countryside
The routes chosen are all on public rights of way, or have permissive access of some kind, or are traditionally used with no objection from landowners and access may be restricted without notice. For this reason it is important to stay on the routes as shown.
Telephone 999 (free emergency call) for help from any of the emergency services. You can ask for coastguard or mountain rescue through this number in addition to the normal fire, ambulance and police services. Before setting out, let someone know where you are walking and when you expect to return.
Arrangements can be made through any of the local Tourist Information Centres. More information is available in a variety of local interest publications. These are available through Tourist Information Centres. Alternatively you can visit the Discover Ireland accommodation finder.
Northern Ireland Countryside Code
Please observe the Northern Ireland Countryside Code whilst you are out and about, the main points are :
- Respect the people who live and work in the countryside;
- Know where you are allowed to go;
- Keep to paths across farmland;
- Use stiles and gates to cross;
- Leave gates as you find them;
- Do not interfere with livestock, machinery and crops;
- Keep dogs under control;
- Protect wildlife, plants and trees;
- Keep all water sources clean;
- Take your litter home;
- Guard against all risk of fire;
- Make no unnecessary noise;
- Respect all other recreational users;
- Take special care on country roads;
- Consider your personal safety.
Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland
All maps reproduced by permission of the Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland on behalf of the controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office © Crown Copyright 2001. Permit Number 50330.
Regional Tourist Information Centres
Belfast Tourist Information Centres
For visitor information contact:
Belfast Welcome Centre
47 Donegall Place
Belfast BT1 5AD
Tel: +44(0)28 90246609
Fax: +44(0)28 9031 2424
Monday - Saturday June-Sept 9.00 – 19.00, Oct-May 9.00 – 17.30
Sundays 11.00 – 16.00
Belfast International Airport
Tourist Information Desk
Tel: +44 (0) 28 94 484677
Fax: +44 (028) 94 484673
Monday – Saturday 7.30am to 7pm
Sunday 8am – 5pm
George Best Belfast City Airport
Tourist Information Desk
Tel: +44 (0) 28 90 935372
Tel: +44 (0) 28 90 935373
Monday – Saturday 8am – 7pm
Sunday 10am – 5pm