International Appalachian Trail
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The International Appalachian Trail- IAT- is a long-distance walking trail that extends beyond borders to the geographic regions once connected by the “Appalachian Mountain” range, formed more than 250 million years ago on the super-continent Pangea.
In addition to connecting people and places, the aim of the trail is to promote natural and cultural heritage, health and fitness, environmental stewardship, fellowship and understanding, cross-border cooperation, and rural economic development through eco-recreation.
On August 31, 2013, the International Appalachian Trail welcomed Northern Ireland’s Ulster Way as its newest member and celebrated the completion of the IAT Ireland Route across the island of Ireland .
The IAT Ireland route stretches from Slieve League in Donegal to Kelly’s Bridge in the Killeter Forest on the border with Strabane. It then continues onwards to Bolaght Mountain where it joins the Ulster Way curving north to the Antrim coast, before turning south through the Glens, and ending at Larne.
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