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16/09/2021

New website launched to help get Derry and the rest of the North more active

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A new website has been launched dedicated to providing the people of Derry and the North with detailed information and interactive mapping of local outdoor trails, community walking paths and outdoor venues. OutmoreNI.com is the first website of its kind in Northern Ireland and contains over 60 trails in Derry, such as the Banagher Forest walk, near Feeny, Claudy Country Park cycle trail and the Foyle canoe trail. In addition, users can find 27 outdoor places in the area such as Castlerock Beach and Prehen Wood, located on the outskirts of the city. The website also covers other parts of Northern Ireland with a total of 700 trails and 200 outdoor venues present. The Foyle canoe trail, which runs through Derry and out to the coast is just one of the trails featured on OutmoreNI.com OutmoreNI.com acts as a ‘one stop shop’ for information on outdoor recreation for users of all abilities and backgrounds, including complete beginners through to serious enthusiasts. Its goal is to help local people to discover the trails and outdoor facilities that can be found in Derry. Similarly it is hoped that people from across Northern Ireland will be inclined to explore trails further afield, bringing them to the area to try the walking, cycling or canoeing trails. The website also lists forests, parks, beaches and nature reserves. These trails have all been individually mapped to show the important information needed when planning an outdoor adventure. This includes trail distances, information on parking facilities, admission charges, guidelines on bringing dogs and much more. The driving force behind the website is a not for profit organisation called Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland (ORNI), whose remit is to develop, manage and promote outdoor recreation for Northern Ireland. Financial funding was secured from Sport NI and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), who are both thrilled to see a website like this developed in Northern Ireland. However, the website would not have been possible without the support from Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland (OSNI) who have provided the mapping platform which the website is based upon. John News from Sport NI said: “We believe OutmoreNI will lead to a significant growth in people becoming more active. A lot of work has gone into making the site as accessible as possible for people. Whether you’re looking for an easy walk, a nearby park or your nearest canoe trails to get outdoors, OutmoreNI will make a real impact on the lives of people all over Northern Ireland.” Helen Anderson, the Director of the Environment Division at NIEA was delighted with the finished project. She commented that “The website has great potential to show local communities and the wider public where to explore their local landscapes and natural environment. We hope the website will have a positive impact on the public’s health and well-being.” The website is now live and can be found by visiting OutmoreNI.com. Pictured above: The Foyle canoe trail, which runs through Derry and out to the coast is just one of the trails featured on OutmoreNI.com

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