Castlebar International Four Day Walks

  • The 2020 Castlebar International Four Day Walking Festival has been cancelled.

    The annual event, takes place in July, and is one of the country’s longest running walking festivals.

    In 2001, after 34 years of walking, the event was cancelled in the midst of the Foot and Mouth crisis and bounced back bigger and stronger since then. It is hoped the same will happen in 2021.

    The festival attracts international walkers of all ages and the organising committee felt walkers needed to know where they stood regarding their plans and preparations.

    The President of the Castlebar Four Day Waking Festival is Mick Baynes. Mick is also Tourism Officer with Mayo county council in Castlebar  and he told Midwest News today that the committee appreciates that the advice of the medical experts in the present Covid-19 outbreak is paramount and that the committee is determined to play its part in the international attempt to “flatten the curve.”


  • The 2020 Castlebar International Four Day Walking Festival has been cancelled, due to the coronavirus outbreak.

    Organisers say it's with sadness that they've cancelled the event, but the safety of walkers is paramount.

    The walking festival was previously cancelled in 2001 due to the Foot & Mouth crisis, but returned stronger the following year, and organiser Elaine Devereux says they hope to bounce back also from this present crisis.


  • The Castlebar International Four Day Walking Festival gets underway this morning.

    The annual event, now in its 51st year, is bringing walkers from across the globe to take part in the festival.

    The walkers will depart from the TF Royal Theatre in the county town from early this morning and motorists are being advised that there will be walkers on routes around the town and its environs over the next few days.

    Michael Baynes is the President of the Castlebar International Four Day Walks and told Midwest News this morning that this will be one of the hottest days ever experienced in the history of the festival.

  • Tomorrow, Satyrday, the 53rd Castlebar International Walking Festival will hold a virtual walk for participants around the world.

    The international event that attracts hundreds of walkers annually from around the world was cancelled for 2020 last March at the start of the Covid 19 lockdown.

    Traditionally the Walking Festival that includes road walks and mountain rambles takes place in July in the county town.

    This year, everyone is invited to mark the occasion by adhering to the Covid restrictions, and get out tomorrow and walk wherever you are in the world, and record your walk on the festival’s social media site.

    Michael Baynes a long time organiser of the International Walking Festival has been telling Midwest News more about tomorrow’s event.