The Big Walk takes to the road again this May and it could be coming your way!
This joint initiative from the Eden Project and National Lottery is designed to bring people together, connecting communities and highlighting the extraordinary things that ordinary people are doing where they live.
Four walkers will embark on four routes starting in Morecambe, in Lancashire, and heading out across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, covering well over 250 miles each, over 21 days. The Northern Ireland walker will spend National Walking Month meeting local people who make their communities stronger, sharing their stories and connecting them up with others, as they weave their own path home in time for The Big Lunch, the annual day for neighbours, on Sunday, June 3.
Last year The Big Walk celebrated and connected a variety of brilliant community projects and Big Lunches of all sizes around Northern Ireland, tracing a route from Belfast through Templepatrick, Larne, Glenariff, Cushendall, Ballycastle, Portrush, Limavady, Derry, Strabane, Sion Mills, Omagh, Enniskillen, Fivemiletown, Armagh, Newry, Newcastle, Milisle and back to Belfast where the walkers were welcomed by a huge intercultural Big Lunch street party in the Holylands. This year you can put your community or project on the map by contacting the Northern Ireland lead Grainne McCloskey to find out how to take part.
“We encourage you to get as creative as you can about joining in The Big Walk – nothing is too outlandish,” said Grainne.
The purpose of the Big Walk is to highlight that it’s ordinary people working together that make communities better places to live. Eden Project Communities are inviting people to step forward and find out how their project can be part of this story of community power and strength in Northern Ireland
Grainne said: “It’s about being there and listening, recognising people’s work, celebrating communities and making connections between them. It is really empowering for communities to think creatively like this, and to make it happen together has been amazing. We can really make a difference in the mood across Northern Ireland and in attitudes here, if we all pull together in the right direction.”
If you would like The Big Walk to visit your community and celebrate the work your project does, or if you would like to get involved in any way at all, get in touch with Grainne McCloskey, Eden Project Communities, on firstname.lastname@example.org 07703189048