Experience the ‘great outdoors’ in Ballymoney this Easter

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COME along and enjoy the Great Outdoors in Ballymoney this Easter!

Cycling, Walking and Fishing

With over 550 miles of road meandering through some of the most idyllic and scenic landscape, Ballymoney Borough has to be a mecca for cyclists and walkers of all abilities, with six mapped cycling routes of different lengths, capabilities and terrains as well as six walking route suggestions to enjoy.

Ballymoney has some of the best game and coarse fishing stretches to be found anywhere, at seven acknowledged fishing locations. The Cycle, Walk and Fish Ballymoney guides are all available from the Tourist Information Centre or can be viewed at www.visitballymoney.com.

Horseriding, Hillwalking and Turfcutting

Have an unforgettable day out at Sheans Horse Farm with trekking and hacking activities to suit all ages and abilities. Extend your visit by availing of the playing fields, barbecue barn and loft with kitchen allowing groups to cater for themselves.

There’s now an onsite demonstration of traditional turf cutting and you can even become a registered honorary member of the Sheans Guild of Irish Turf Cutters! Take a picnic along the Heritage and History Trail up Slieve an Orra that leads to a hilltop with breathtaking views overlooking five counties. www.sheanshorsefarm.com 07759 320434

Camera Magic

Recreate your own Game of Thrones at the Dark Hedges near Stranocum, with a variety of haunting shots from dawn to dusk. The 300 year old serpentine trees form an arc over the road and are reputedly haunted by a spectral ‘grey lady’ who appears at dusk among the trees. She silently glides along the roadside and disappears as she passes the last beech tree.

Great Indoor Alternatives

Never let the local weather spoil a great day out! Finvoy Fun Farm includes an indoor play area, straw barn, soft play area and much more. Head to the Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre where kids can have all the fun they can handle. Perhaps a swim or a visit to Treasure Island the popular children’s soft play area.

Perhaps you’d like to try pottery making? Experienced local teacher Susan Francesca Hunter provides bespoke half day and evening courses in her well equipped design studio just outside Ballymoney. www.susanfrancescahunter.com 07751 175096

For maps and more information, www.visitballymoney.com or call the Tourist Information Centre on 028 2766 0230 to pick up your brochures and maps.