International Appalachian Trail /Sentier International DES Appalaches delegates visit Ireland

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DLDC’s Inga Bock, Rural Recreational Officer and organiser of the International Appalachian Trail was delighted to welcome delegates from the U.S and Canada visit to Leghowney (near Donegal Town) earlier this month.

Twenty walkers from the International Appalachian Trail and Northern Ireland walked from Kelly’s Bridge, Killeter to Leghowney Hall. The international walkers were meet on route by local walkers who welcomed them into 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. In addition to connecting people and places, the goal is to promote natural and cultural heritage, health and fitness, environmental stewardship, fellowship and understanding, cross-border cooperation, and rural economic development through eco and Geo-tourism.

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. Thanks to everyone from the Appalachian Trail ConservancyAppalachian Mountain Club, Maine Chapter of the IAT, IATNLTourism IrelandFailte IrelandMountaineering 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
  • Donegal County Council
  • Derry City & Strabane District Council
  • Mid & East Antrim Council
  • The Ulster Federation of Rambling Clubs