County Antrim, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, photography, walking

Playing Catch Up & Reflecting!

For various reasons I have not posted anything about my walks so far this year. In an attempt to resolve this I’ve decided to do a “mid-year photo review” of my monthly walks to date. So I’ve picked out a selection of photos from each walk to hopefully give you a flavour of the days!

The year started off with a couple of local walks – one from Coleraine towards Castlerock, taking in the winter sunshine with views of the Bann estuary, and the other from Coleraine to Portrush via Portstewart taking in the amazing coastline.

January Sunshine, Coleraine towards Castlerock, 9 miles

Looking towards the Bann estuary

February Leg Stretch, Coleraine to Portrush, 10 miles

Portstewart Strand, a busy beach for February

Beautiful quote along the convent walk

Made me think of adapting this Winnie the Pooh quote to “Sometimes I walks and thinks, and sometimes I just walks!” What do you think?

Coastline between Portstewart and Portrush
Nice and calm day

Step aerobics!
Portrush in sight

Afternoon sunlight

Who said local is boring or short?

St Patrick’s Day Madness or Slemish in the Mist

A short but challenging walk in many ways!

The base of Slemish, 437m
Slemish shrouded in mist, are we wise?
In for a penny…

We made it to the top and the views were amazing (not!) I’ll just have to return again on a good day! Anyway, safely up just had to negotiate the downhill!

Mist starting to lift as we descended

After a warm bowl of Irish stew we rounded off the day with a walk along the Buttermilk Bridge Riverside Path

Colourful waymarkers
A day for ducks?

Definitely a day for ducks!

Whitehead & Carnfunnock Country Park, 5 miles

April saw us head to Whitehead & Carnfunnock Country Park. We got slightly sidetracked at the Whitehead Railway Museum but had a really enjoyable day all the same!

Thought the sign should read “Beware flying seaweed!”
Colourful houses, Whitehead
Whitehead Excursion Station
The Bunny Express refuelling
The engine sheds

A change of environment at a very busy Carnfunnock Country Park

Bluebells

and books!

May Jaunt, Dungonnell Way, 12 miles

Good tracks over protected blanket bog
Nippy on the fingers but a beautiful fresh day
Dungonnell Dam
The valley below
Artwork to remember iron mining in the area
Perfect spot for lunch!
A bit of cross country on the Moyle Way
Glenariff

North Down Coastal Path, Bangor to Holywood, 10 miles

A journey to Holywood and a train ride to Bangor started our June walk along the North Down Coastal Path.

Busy Bangor
Another great day walking with friends
North Down Coastal Path
and the sun came out!

Great words

So that’s the first 6 months accounted for! It’s been lovely looking back at the variety of walks we’ve fitted in. In July we did Crockbrack Way in the Sperrins and I hope to get back on track with my thoughts on it fairly soon. In the meantime hope you have enjoyed my recap of the first half of 2019!

“talk less, say more” I hope the photos have done the talking!

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