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Ulster Federation of Rambling Clubs E-Newsletter
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Dear Club Secretary welcome to the latest UFRC E-Newsletter!

Please find below information from UFRC to pass onto your walking club members.

Annual General Meeting of the Ulster Federation of Rambling Clubs hosted by Glens of Antrim Rambling Club 
Sat 16th Oct 2016 
Where: Corrymeela Centre, Ballycastle
Time: 10am to 1pm (followed by lunch & walk)

The UFRC Committee look forward to welcoming your club and member's to what promises to be an informative and enjoyable day. 

Starting at 10am the meeting will finish with a buffet lunch around 1pm. After lunch there will be two walks organised by the host club in the beautiful Murlough Bay/Fair Head area.

At the AGM the current committee are keen to appoint some new members from a range of walking clubs around Northern Ireland. Please speak to your club member's and encourage at least one nomination to represent your clubs views. Click here for the Nomination Form. Nomination should be with the Executive two weeks before the AGM. Please note that as in previous years, nominations cannot be taken from the floor during the AGM.

The main objective of the Committee is to service and support the clubs that we all represent. We also consider matters related to countryside access, liaising with statutory agencies and local councils where necessary. Professional backgrounds are always put to good use. However, the most important qualities are energy, a little spare time, and a desire to develop and give something back to the activity that we all greatly enjoy.

Please let the committee know if you plan on attending this meeting for catering purposes. Email: administration@ufrc.co.uk

Walk@ parkrun
Grab a friend and be part of Northern Ireland’s first ’Walk @ parkrun', a FREE, FRIENDLY, WEEKLY 5km walk in the park starting on Sat 24th Sept at 9:30am in Waterworks Park, Belfast.

Suitable for all levels of walkers and lots of tea/coffee and chat at the finish line its a great opportunity to meet others and get out into your local community. The event will take place weekly alongsidWaterworks parkrun (Belfast).

It's a ‘walk in the park’ to register for your unique time code. Selecting #ParkRun as your club when registering: www.parkrun.co.uk/register/form

A Message To UFRC from Castlewellan & Rostrevor Forest Trails Ranger Steve Brook
Hello to all your members. My name is Steve Brook and I am the new Forest Trails Ranger in charge of managing the mountain biking and walking trails in Rostrevor and Castlewellan Forest Parks.

As many of you will have seen in the media there was an incident of sabotage during a race on one of the mountain biking trails in Rostrevor, which was blamed on walkers. I recently got in touch with the UFRC and met with committee member's George Acheson and Joe McKnight in the hope they would be able to send a message of reassurance to all rambling club members that we understand the vast majority of walkers would totally disagree with such a malicious act. I have been meeting with walkers, mountain bikers and other users of the parks and the message that repeatedly comes to the fore is one of a sense of shares space and respect for each other.

I hope to manage both Rostrevor and Castlewellan with that understanding of shared space at the fore, and if any UFRC members have any comments or ideas they wish to share on this then their input would be gratefully received. All UFRC member's should feel free to get in touch with me anytime at ftranger@mourne.co.uk.

All the best to you all,
Forest Ranger For Rostrevor & Castlewellan. 

Pictured above: Steve Brook (far left holding wheel barrow) alongside volunteer rangers during a recent trail maintenance day in Rostrevor.

Brand New Cuilcagh Way Guide Now Available
A brand new Cuilcagh Way Guide is now available providing everything you need to know to get out walking on the 33km waymarked route in southern Fermanagh.

The walk takes walkers through a breath taking patchwork of habitats from the lowlands around the Cladagh River, past the Marble Arch Caves and to the blanket bog summit of Cuilcagh Mountain at 666 metres. The route, which can be walked in sections, provides stunning views, fascinating geology, mystifying wildlife, captivating archaeology and natural history.

Download your free guide today from WalkNI or alternatively pick up a waterproof hard copy from the Marble Arch Caves Global GeoPark or the new Visitor Centre at Enniskillen Castle Museums.

The A5 waterproof guide is packed with everything you need to know to get out walking one of Northern Ireland’s best long distance walks including detailed route descriptions and OSNI maps, visitor information and key facts about the area.