Walking miles for Special smiles!


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07/06/2012 16:36 RssIcon

    Special Olympics Ireland would like to invite walking enthusiasts of all levels to join the inaugural Special Olympics Walking Festival. The two-day guided walking tour, which will take place on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th of July will take in the breath-taking scenery of Glendalough, the Vale of Glendasan and the gentle slopes of Camaderry Mountain. The walk is open to walkers who wish to join for either or both days. 

The route has been carefully mapped out by experienced guides who will accompany the walkers every step of the way.

On Saturday 28th July the walk will take in the Circuit of Glendassen, a distance of 16.5km. Walkers will set out from the Glendalough Visitors Centre Car Park at 11am. The route is along a narrow valley bounded by steep forest cliffs before ascending the gentle slopes of Camaderry Mountain and finishing along the spur of Camaderry Mountain. The route offers a unique bird’s eye view of the spectacular Glen and its surrounds away from the usual hiking routes.

On Sunday 29th July walkers will be bussed to Glenmalure, an area which is steeped in history. The planned route will follow the Wicklow Way as far as the monastic site and tower of St. Kevin, covering a total distance of 14 km.

As well as being an opportunity to explore the beauty of Glendalough, all funds raised through this walking festival will go to support the life changing work of Special Olympics Ireland.

Special Olympics athlete and avid walking fan Fiona Byrne is encouraging everyone to get involved “The Special Olympics Walking Festival is going to be a great event. I love to get out and explore the beautiful countryside in my free time. It’s a great way to keep fit and have fun at the same time! If you have never been part on a walking tour like this before you really should give it a try, I can guarantee you will really enjoy it!

The Special Olympics Walking Festival is proudly supported by 53 Degrees North and Camino Ways.

For further information or to book your place please contact Jeremy Perrin at Special Olympics Leinster on 01-629 6999 or register online here

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