Bellarena Challenge Walk

Registration from 9am
Departure Time: 9.30am
Duration: 6/7 hours
Length about 11 miles
Price: £10.00 – to be paid on the day (The rail fare from Castlerock to Bellarena is not included in the price so don’t forget your Smart Pass if you have one)
Walk Type: Challenging

Places are limited so registering is essential, please click on the link Registration

Sign in from 9.00am at Peter Thompson Hall in Castlerock (If travelling by train please see instructions below)  please arrive in time to complete paperwork while enjoying a drink and a scone.

Please wear suitable clothing and bring a packed lunch

Sorry no dogs allowed (guide dogs excepted)

Walk Details

This walk is a challenge in distance, terrain and time.  Using the 09:51 train from Castlerock (after sign in at the Peter Thompson Hall).  From Bellarena  the walk will begin climbing up through the Ballycarton forest, to the nature reserve on Binevenagh with the wonderful Dexter cattle, ponies and sheep. Then to the top with incomparable views over Lough Foyle and beyond.  The guide will lead you along the Gortmore cliffs, to the viewing point with the famous figure of Mananna Mac Lir, continuing on over fields to the top of the waterfalls at Downhill.  After a short walk on the Bishops road, you will cross through Downhill forest before entering the Downhill estate at Bishops Gate and head finally to the Peter Thompson Hall for a well deserved cuppa.

 The walk starts from the Peter Thompson Hall, boarding the train at Castlerock for Bellerena at 09:51. (unless travelling by train from the Belfast direction)

If travelling by train from the Belfast direction on the train that reaches Castlerock at 09.51 do not get off at Castlerock but carry on to the Bellarena stop where you will be met by the guide.

What some of last years walkers said:

‘Really enjoyable walk.  Fantastic scenery along the way.  Leaders were excellent.  Hope to back again sometime.’

‘Good challenge, great views, good company.’

‘Absolutely enjoyable, very friendly group.  Guides were brilliant, see you next year’

 If you require any further information please contact castlerockwalkfest@gmail.com