Northern Ireland, photography, walking

2020 – A Year to Remember?

Yet again, despite all my good intentions, I’ve failed to post any photos from my monthly walks this year. Work has been busy (I’m not complaining, I’m thankful to still have one!), then throw in the demands of living through lockdown & adjusting to the new ‘normal’, and time just seems to disappear these days. So, with 2 months left before we leave 2020 behind I’ve decided to look back & reflect on some of my walks earlier in the year.

Weather dictated our walks for the first couple of months, with icy conditions in January followed by Storm Dennis in February resulting in us having to make some last minute changes to our plans!

January 2020, Benone Strand, 6 miles

Washed up!

Black ice inland meant we were forced to head from the mountains to the coast!

Heading towards the iconic Mussenden Temple
We had the beach to ourselves (apart from the shells!)

After a warming pit stop at the Temple Cove Coffee Shop we were ready to face the return journey.

Nippy on the fingers but a great leg stretch from Benone to Downhill (& back) was a great way to get 2020 off to an icy start!

February 2020, Lough Fea, 3 miles

Our Planned Snowdrop Walk – maybe next year?

Storm Dennis forced us to rethink our February walk around Springhill when we arrived to closed gates, so we rediverted to get blown around Lough Fea instead!

choppy water
Beautiful even on such a grim day
A little colour to brighten the day

It wasn’t the best of days & it wasn’t our longest walk by any means, but despite the wind & the rain it was still great to get outdoors.

March 2020, Dunluce Castle, 6 miles

With Coronavirus making the headlines, & lockdown imminent, March saw us staying local and heading to Portrush for a “socially distanced” walk to Dunluce Castle, returning via the White Rocks.

Moody Dunluce
Little did we realise how Covid19 was going to impact our lives
White Rocks & Portrush in the distance
Springlike day
“Look for the rainbows”

Looking back, little did we realise that we wouldn’t be able to see our beautiful coastline again for some time, nor that we’d be looking for rainbows of hope as we experienced the ups & downs of lockdown in the days, weeks & months ahead!

May 2020, River Bann to Camus Cross, 9 miles

Sunshine on the Bann

After 2 months of lockdown, and having to sacrifice our April walk, we were finally able to meet up again! Staying local, and adhering to social distancing rules, we took the riverside path towards Castleroe & the Camus Cross on the west side of the River Bann.

The Cutts at Castleroe
Early Medieval Camus Cross
Blue skies & Magnificent trees
Artwork looking across towards Mountsandel Fort

It was great to get out & about for a good leg stretch, exploring the local area and enjoying the lockdown weather.

June 2020, Slieveanorra Forest, 9 miles

Quiet on the Moyle Way

In June we ventured a little further towards Loughgiel & Slieveanorra Forest. We’d planned to walk Croaghan Way but it was temporarily closed so we diverted towards the forest.

Rainy Waymarkers

The day improved as we went along & apart from some hardy runners we had the Moyle Way to ourselves.

Fantastic views ahead
Easy Social Distancing
Improving weather conditions
Challenging terrain

Well that’s been fun, looking back at the first half of the year & reliving some of our monthly walks – they say a picture tells a thousand words so hope you have enjoyed mine!

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