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Saturday 5 September 2015

Take a stroll around Tintern with Lions Club

Published 16/08/2014 | 00:00

Tintern Abbey.
Tintern Abbey.

TINTERN Abbey is one of the venues for the upcoming 'Walk for Wexford' series, organised by Wexford Lions Club.

Participants can choose from a midnight walk at Raven Point, a morning exploring Tintern Abbey and its surrounds, or a Sunday morning amble along the sandy shoreline of Rosslare.

The daytime walks in Tintern and Rosslare begin at 10 a.m. and will finish just in time for lunch.

With all funds raised going back into the local community, walk co-ordinator Seamus Flood said the events were 'an excellent way to enjoy some of Wexford's finest walks and give a little back to the community at the same time'.

Sponsorship cards are available from Westgate Design in Wexford, but registration will take place 30 minutes before each walk and a donation can be made to the Lions Club in lieu of sponsorship.

'It's all about taking part, enjoying yourself and helping the community,' said Seamus. 'All the walks are suitable for beginners, covering reasonably flat terrain and are just 10 km in distance. We ensure all participants are safe and enjoy their experience.'

The Lions Club will be assisted by members of the Equine Search and Rescue during the night time walk at the Raven.

Equine Search and Rescue was set up in 2012 by Eugene Brennan and Aileen O'Connor and is the only mounted Search and Rescue group in the country. Members hold Occupational First Aid Certificates and are frequently asked for assistance by the gardaí and work in tandem with other Agencies. 'We could be on the beaches of County Wexford or in the hills of Donegal,' says founder Aileen O'Connor. 'We can see further, having the height advantage of being mounted, we can also stay out longer than a foot patrol as the horses don't tire as quickly'.

As with the Lions Club, all Equine Search and Rescue members are volunteers and give their time freely to search and rescue operations or, in this instance, first aid support for a large group of walkers.

The walk starts at 10 p.m. and participants will be using headlights and torches, as well as wearing high vis vests and will be accompanied by four horses and their riders.

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