Bantry Walking Festival was first held in 2013. The festival was conceived when members of local walking groups joined the Bantry Development and Tourism Association, a local group concerned with the advancement of the Bantry area. The walkers proposed the festival in an effort to boost the profile of Bantry as a Walking Destination and to showcase the numerous breathtaking walks that the area has to offer.
Since then the festival profile has grown and an ever increasing number of volunteers sign up every year to assist. All those that work to organise and guide the festival do so on a voluntary basis, with any profit put back into the BDTA to fund this and other festivals held throughout the year in the area. It is these volunteers that set and map the walks and work tirelessly behind the scenes as well as the farmers that allow the walks to cross their lands, that make this festival possible year after year.
The launch will be held in Bantry Community Tourist Office and there will a guided historical walk of Bantry town available to all. Come meet our volunteers, guides, and fellow walkers to mix and discover Bantry’s varied history!
Our family friendly walk on Saturday follows one of the Drimoleague Heritage Walks while Sunday’s walk is a ramble through the scenic Mealagh Valley.
Bantry Walking Festival Walk Details:
Walks are labeled A-C. Most walkers overestimate their abilities! Take time to read through the festival’s website and make sure you are up for the walk.
Grade A Walks are for the well experienced with a high level of fitness required. Generally, they are not less than 8 hours duration and can often be 1500m ascent or more.
Grade B Walks are generally 4 to 5 hours duration with a climb usually of not less than 600m.
Grade C Walks can be up to 4 hours duration and vary from track, forest or river routes to walks with moderate climbs often up to 500m.
Walk costs vary from €15-€25. You can combine walks for a cheaper price. For full programme details and to register go to http://bantrywalkingfestival.com