Derry’s open spaces feature on new website

Brother and sister Louis and Summer Behan making the most of the remainder of their school holidays at Ness Country Park following the launch of 'Local Outdoors', a new website from Venture Outdoors & OutdoorNI.com which celebrates Northern Ireland's open spaces.
Brother and sister Louis and Summer Behan making the most of the remainder of their school holidays at Ness Country Park following the launch of 'Local Outdoors', a new website from Venture Outdoors & OutdoorNI.com which celebrates Northern Ireland's open spaces.

You don’t have to go far to discover the beautiful scenery and exciting outdoor leisure activities Derry has to offer.

And, now, Venture Outdoors and OutdoorNI.com have launched ‘Local Outdoors’ - an online guide to discovering outdoor spaces to visit across Northern Ireland.

Derry favorites such as Ness Country Park, Banagher Glen and the ancient Prehen Wood all feature in the new site which went live on August 8.

Local Outdoors, which sits within popular website OutdoorNI.com, is a one-stop shop for discovering the many open spaces in Northern Ireland, containing detailed information on facilities and things to do in 85 open spaces.

It’s perfect for families or a group searching for a fun day in the outdoors and the good news is - there’s even more to come.

From the beautiful Ballyarnett Country Park, to the waterfalls at Ness Country Park - you’re only a click away from discovering your next perfect day out in the Northwest by visiting www.outdoorni.com/local-outdoors

The walking, cycling and canoeing trails are taken from award winning websites WalkNI.com, CycleNI.com and CanoeNI.com.

The majority of the spaces featured in Local Outdoors offer recession friendly free parking and free admission - perfect for those on a budget.

The Venture Outdoors project has worked closely with a number of community groups in Derry, such as Foyle Down Syndrome Trust, the Glenshane Community Development Group and Derry Bytes, to encourage them to take part in outdoor recreation and so had developed a ‘Group Leader Guide’ as part of the new website.

The Group Leader Guide contains a wealth of useful information for anyone planning outdoor activities for a group.

Information in this section will assist a group leader in planning an outdoor activity, providing information on funding, transportation, insurance and first aid as well as provide links to downloadable toolkits also developed by the Venture Outdoors.

Speaking about the new portal, Claire Overend, Development Officer at Venture Outdoors, says: “Local Outdoors is a great resource for families and anyone searching for a day out in NI.

“The Group Leader Guide will be particularly useful for the community groups we have worked with when they are planning outdoor activities.

“Local Outdoors showcases the fantastic, inexpensive outdoor spaces to visit which are on everyone’s doorstep – so there’s no excuse for not getting out and about”.

For more information on Venture Outdoors visit www.outdoorrecreationin.com/venture-outdoors