Shaman will lead a County Wexford walking tour

Published 08/09/2015 | 00:00

Shamanick practitioner Cait Branigan.
Shamanick practitioner Cait Branigan.

A guided tour of Gorey led by a Shamanick practitioner will be a major attraction of Wexford Walking Trail's second annual festival which takes place from Friday, September 25 to Sunday, September 27.

Last year, the trails festival focussed on the south of the county, and this year it switches to north Wexford.

The highlight of this year's festival is the Equinox walk on Oulart Hill, which culminates at 6.30 p.m. on Saturday, September 26 - the autumn equinox - at Tulach a' tSolais, a monument on the hilltop dedicated to 1798.

Other events over the weekend include include a foraging walk on the Kilanerin Trail, led by Mary White, from Blackstairs Eco Trails, followed by a cookery demonstration, a threshing exhibition, bygone house of stories tails in medieval Oulart and the Tara Hill Trail.

Wexford Walking Trails is a network of walking trails throughout the county of Wexford. It was set up under a Wexford Local Development training programme and is supported by Wexford County Council and other agencies. The idea is that a standard is set for developing trails(following guidelines set down by National Trails Office).

Participants in the two-and-half-year programme, who covered trail development, waymarking, surface maintenance as well as mapping, photography and many other elements, mainly came from the community voluntary sector with a view to adding walking trails as an amenity to their area.

'The idea is that we not alone promote the use of walking trails but show the unique character of each trail and make it an enjoyable experience. 'On the opening evening (on Friday, September 25) before the welcome reception we have organised a guided walk of Gorey by a Shamanic Practitioner, Cait Branigan - this is a first for us, and for Gorey, which although not a member of Wexford Walking Trails, will definitely add something unique to the weekend,' said Catherine MacPartlin, from Wexford Walking Trails.

Furher details of the weekend festival can be found at wexfordwalking@gmail.com, on the web at www.wexfordwalkingtrail.ie/festival, from Catherine on 087 4189740 or Mary 086 1633341

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