Combine a good walk with insight into Fermanagh's history

Published: 5 Oct 2012 08:30

If you want to combine a walk with some history, then National Trails Day in Fermanagh could be just for you this Sunday.

An histroic view of Enniskillen town which will be explored on National Trails Day.

Among the walks being organised in Fermanagh to mark Trails Day will be a walking tour of Enniskillen town, a family friendly tree trail at Castle Archdale and a Family Nature Scavenger Trail at Florencecourt Estate.

The walking tour of Enniskillen starts off from Portora School gates at 2pm and over the one and a half hours duration, a talk will be given about the changes from Mossman's Quay(Round O) to Camomile Hill, now Forthill.

The walk also takes in the churches of St. Macartin's Cathedral; Enniskillen Methodist Church, St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church; the Townhall, Water Street and the Forthill. Cole's Monument will be open for visitors after the tour has ended.

The Castle Archdale event starts off from the Rosmore Quay car park also at 2pm when Fermanagh District Council's Biodiversity Officer, will provide information on difference tree species and habitats. Participants will be able to get a chance to see trees and biodiversity from a different perspective.

At Florence Court Estate, the Council and National Trust will be providing each participant with a worksheet to solve clues along the trail. The emphasis is on plenty of fun and learning for both kids and kids at heart. There is also a guided scavenger hunt around the grounds of the historic house.

The Scavenger Hunt at Florencecourt is undertaken in partnership with the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark

All events are free.

Those interested in further information or to book a place should contact the Environment Officer on: 028-66325050 or email countryside@fermanagh.gov.uk

Forestry Minister, Michelle O'Neill has also encouraged the public to join an exciting range of events in celebration of National Trails Day on Sunday.

Raising awareness of outdoor trails throughout Ireland, National Trails Day is a chance for everyone to enjoy some of the most beautiful countryside, forests, mountains and lakes.

The Minister said: "Forests are one of our greatest natural assets and I want to encourage local communities to fully utilise their local facilities. Increasing access and improving facilities to Forest Service's estate is a key commitment of my Department.

"In keeping with previous years, daily access charges will be waived on National Trails Day at all Forest Service recreation areas where access charges are usually applied.

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