9Departure Time 09.30
Price £10.00 (includes cost of travel from Castlerock to Bellarena but please bring your Smart Pass if you have one) – to be paid on the day
Distance: c 11 miles
Walk Type: Challenging
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
Don’t forget to register if you would like to go on this walk Registration
Sorry no dogs allowed
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:
‘Fabulous walk, good route with climb at the start. thanks heaps for tea, scones and biscuits in the Peter Thompson Hall’
‘Very lovely walk, stunning views, great leader, fantastic day; the best day ever’
‘Stunning scenery & very informative. Enjoyed short train ride and seeing new vistas. Loved this walk and will definitely do it again.’
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