Visitors from International Appalachian Trail take a hike in Donegal

first_imgU.S and Canadian walkers were given a taste of one of Donegal’s best walks during a recent visit to the local section of the International Appalachian Trail.Twenty walkers from the International Appalachian Trail and Northern Ireland enjoyed a hike at Leghowney (near Donegal Town) earlier this month.DLDC’s Inga Bock, Rural Recreational Officer and organiser of the International Appalachian Trail was delighted to welcome the delegates. The walk stretched from Kelly’s Bridge, Killeter to Leghowney Hall, with local walkers coming out to welcome the international visitors to the area. It was the end of a five day visit to Ireland North and South, discussing walking trails in the community and the knock on benefits economically to a region. The 5 day forum included walks along parts of the International Appalachian Trail on the island of Ireland, group discussions, presentations, local food and plenty of laughs.The International Appalachian Trail is the longest hiking trail in the world today. It is a long-distance walking trail that extends beyond borders to all geographic regions once connected by the Appalachian-Caledonian mountain terrain, formed more than 250 million years ago. Donegal was officially added to Appalachian Trail maps in 2010. “DLDC would like to thank everyone who took part and give a big Bualadh Bós to everyone including Regional Recreation Officer Inga Bock and James Mc Crudden National Chairman of Country Markets Ltd Association and Leghowney Country Market on organising such a successful international event,” a spokesperson said.“Thanks to everyone from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Appalachian Mountain Club, Maine Chapter of the IAT, IATNL, Tourism Ireland, Failte Ireland, Mountaineering Ireland, International Appalachian Trail of Ireland and all of the others who joined the event. Thanks also to Mark Flagler of Flagler Films who gave us permission to use his footage of the event.” This would not have been possible without the financial support of funders including: DLDC, Derry City & Strabane District Council, Mid & East Antrim Council and The Ulster Federation of Rambling ClubsVisitors from International Appalachian Trail take a hike in Donegal was last modified: June 29th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:International Appalachian Traillast_img

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