The Connect Mental Health Glenveagh Challenge is our headline fundraiser for 2019! We are looking for volunteers to join us on a 12km hike through Glenveagh National Park on Saturday 4th May to raise funds for Connect Mental Health.
In the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains, Glenveagh National Park in western Donegal with it’s high granite peaks and tranquil glaciated U shaped valley. It is quite simply one of the most beautiful locations in the country which has the chameleon like quality of completely changing its appearance as the seasons change. Its steep sided faces host some of the last remaining Ancient Oak tree, cousins of the Scottish Caledonian Oak Forest. The floor of the valley is the huge and shimmering Lough Beagh which was carved out when the valley was created during the last ice age.
When: 10am, Saturday 4th May
How long will it take: 4-5 hours
Difficulty Level:This is a gentle 12km walk on good hardcored path and track for the whole length of the walk. The entire walk is either downhill or on the flat.
Total distance walked is 12km
Our Guide: This walk will be guided by Iain Miller and his team at Unique Ascent.
What you need to bring: Food and drink for a 4 to 5 hour walk, warm clothing and good walking shoes or boots are required.
What you need to do to take part:
Each participant is expected to aim for a fundraising target of at least €100 through sponsorship in order to take part. Although if you are part of a group, society or team please let us know on firstname.lastname@example.org and you can set a group target. Upon registering to take part in the event a member of the Connect Mental Health team will contact you to provide fundraising support and guidance to help you reach your target. Included as part of your registration:
– A Wild Atlantic Way goodie bag
– Guided walk by Iain Miller, Unique Ascent
– Coach transfer *
– Refreshments upon completion
* Coach transfer available from Bundoran, Ballyshannon, Donegal Town, Letterkenny. If driving, direction and meeting point will be provided.
More about our walking route:
We are going to traverse Glenveagh by the Bridle Path route from the carpark on the Churchill/Doocharry Road side of the glen. Our route at first descends easy slopes from the road down into Glenveagh with spectacual views down onto Lough Beag and Glenveagh Castle and visitor centre. This is the destination of our walk.
This walk will be guided by Iain Miller and his team at Unique Ascent. Iain Miller is a rock climber, guidebook author and hill walker living, working and playing on the sea cliffs, sea stacks, mountain ranges and uninhabited islands of Donegal. He is a fully qualified mountain instructor, an approved provider of National Governing Body awards with Mountaineering Ireland and is a registered and is a fully insured full member of the Association of Mountain Instructors Find out more about Iain here