Fiddlers Green Walking Festival 2018

Good walking boots or trail runners are highly recommended. If you are not an experienced walker then walking poles would be very useful. You should also wear waterproof clothing and carry a good waterproof jacket. Please check forecast in advance to find out conditions for each day.

It is extremely important that you also carry some drinking water, a packed lunch and some high energy snacks.

As we will be often crossing private land with livestock on them dogs are not allowed, except on the Heritage trail and wind up/ wind down walk. We operate a strictly “leave no trace” policy.  All walks are guided and there will only be a small charge to cover the cost of buses as required.  Buses will be from the Square outside festival office. Please note times of each walk.

 

Full description of walks available from Festival Office and on our website www.fiddlersgreenfestival.eu

 


Sunday, 22ndJuly

Dan White’s Dander

Bus @ 10:00 am at the Square.  £2.00

2 ½ hours. Distance 8 km.    Highest Point   450 m.   Moderate ability

A wonderful walk that has been the opening event of the festival for a number of years, starts at the top of the Kilfeaghan Road and ends at Fiddlers Green for the outdoor concert and picnic.

 

Setting the Scene at Fiddler’s Green

12 noon. Meet at Forestry Office. Moderate Ability. £: Free

Enjoy this leisurely stroll up to our local beauty spot of Fiddler’s Green for music and songs with Tommy Sands and friends. Bring your picnic, your instrument and be ready to sing!


Monday 23rdJuly

Peaks & Seats

Bus @ 9:30 am   Meet in the Square, Rostrevor. £2.00

3 – 4 hours         distance 12 km.      Highest Point 410 m.                    Moderate to difficult ability

Starting from Yellow Water this trip visits four seats erected in the hills by local walkers and takes in the splendid panorama from the surrounding peaks.


Wednesday 25thJuly

The Heritage Trail

10:00 am Meet in the Square, Rostrevor. £:Free. Relatively Easy with Frequent Stops.

This walk takes in the many historical locations and buildings in and around our Village. The walk has been designed so that there will be many cut off points where you can head back to the Village Square or take a moderate climb up to Cloughmór and Ballymagelty.


Thursday 26thJuly

ArchaeologyTour  with   Dr. Barbara Graham, Archaeologist

9:30a.m   Meet  in The Square    £20

Discover archaeology along the border on this half day tour to early castles, homesteads and more.  Please wear suitable footwear and outdoor clothing as the sites involve walking over uneven ground.

Numbers are limited to 15 so early booking advised at Festival Officeor phone  07922679419

 

The Tree Trail

2 p.m. Meet at Lower Car Park,    Kilbroney Park £2. Donation

Walk the Tree Trail and experience some of the notable trees of Kilbroney Meadow including Old Homer, the leaning Holm Oak awarded the 2016 Woodland Trust Northern Ireland Tree of the Year!  Trees are among the oldest and largest living things on Earth, evolving for 350 million years. We are in debt to the people who generously planted these wonderful trees for us to enjoy!

Numbers limited to 25.  Book at Festival Office


Friday 27thJuly

The Brandy Pad 

Bus @ 9:30 am. Charge £5.00  4 hours              distance 11 km.     Highest Point 550 m.                   Moderate to difficult ability

Starting beside the sea in Bloody Bridge near Newcastle, this is the route taken by brandy smugglers over the centuries to avoid the excise man. Starting with a steep climb up to the Mourne Wall at the Bog of Donard we finish  at Meelmore Lodge where we will catch a bus home. Definitely bring a camera.


Saturday  28th   July

Mindful Walk at Fairy Glen

10:00  a.m. Meet at Fairy Glen Gate.    Donations welcome for Southern Area Hospice

Join Meditation Coach Ann Ward for a gentle mindful walk in the Fairy Glen. Ann will guide you through a number of mindfulness exercises to help you connect with the magic of the nature around you. Fairy Glen Walk will last approximately 1 ½ Hrs.    Book at 07816835147

 

The Tree Trail

2:00 p.m.  Meet at Lower Car Park, Kilbroney Park£2. Donation

Walk the Tree Trail and experience some of the notable trees of Kilbroney Meadow including Old Homer, the leaning Holm Oak awarded the 2016 Woodland Trust Northern Ireland Tree of the Year!  Trees are among the oldest and largest living things on Earth, evolving for 350 million years. We are in debt to the people who generously planted these wonderful trees for us to enjoy!

Numbers limited to 25.  Book at Festival Office

 

The Annual Rossi 5K Race and Family Walk- In Memory of Eoin Farrell and James Miskelly.

6:00 p.m. The Square

Registration in The Square opening from  4pm or register  at www.rossi.co.uk.    The run is  held in memory of Eoin Farrell and James Miskelly.Donations accepted for  “Life &Time”  a local palliative Care Charity  providing support in their own home to patients from Rostrevor, Warrenpoint and Burren areas, who are at ‘End of Life’.


Sunday 29thJuly

Fallow-Slieve Martin Ballyedmond Wood-Lower Bermah

9:30 a.m  Meet at Fairy Glen Entrance. £:Free

4 hours- Distance 15 km- Highest Point 450 m- Moderate to difficult ability

A new walk for 2018. This walk begins with a long steady climb up Kilbroney Valley to the Fallow. From there we cut through Rostrevor Wood and a further short climb to the mast beside Slieve Martin.  Heading downhill we follow the Ballincurry River with great views of Carlingford Lough down through Ballyedmond Wood to Upper Killowen. Finally we head back to Rostrevor via the Lower Bermah Road and finishing in Kilbroney Park. Make sure to bring a good picnic


Monday 30thJuly

Wind up/Wind down Walk

12:00 noon. Meet at Fairy Glen Entrance. £: Free

2 hours     distance 7 km.   Highest Point 485 m.      Easy to Moderate ability

Our traditional walk to the top of Slieve Martin to finish off the Festival.  Along the way a few songs are sung, poems recited and beverages consumed as a way to relax after our hectic week. This walk can be done at a relatively slow pace and for the less fit there is an opportunity to start at the high car park.