The Walkers on the Ards Coast

The Walkers on the Ards Coast

 

The fourteen walkers on the Cloghey to Knockinelder walk enjoyed, after a chilly start, beautiful sunny weather with amazing visibility enabling us to see the Isle of Man and behind it faintly, the Cumbrian mountains and of course, the Mournes standing proud to our right. We were pleased to welcome back Derek Manton who hasn’t been with us for some years.

Apart from the stunning views we spied, almost hidden on the track, a beautiful Peacock butterfly. Peacock butterfly

The walk starts at the car park in Cloughey village and takes you along the beach towards a rocky headland. Much of it was on the shore along the tide line and interspersed with lovely small sandy beaches with barely a soul on them. As the trail is linear we did some clever juggling with cars at both ends. It leads through lichen–covered slate rocks and coastal grassland, with the small sandy bays made up of shingle and saltmarsh (and some very nasty smelling seaweed). Eventually we reached the pretty National Trust village of Kearney and from there the path was more civilized most of the way to Knockinelder.

Kearney is a showpiece village carefully restored by the National Trust to give the authenticity of a traditional fishing village which it was in the nineteenth century.

Having retrieved the cars from Cloughey we set off to Portaferry where we filled one whole room of the coffee shop.

The next outing on Sept 2nd is on the north coast from Port Ballintrae to the Giants Causeway with a short visit to the stones and then back, making a total of about 6 miles. Meet at 9am in the church car park.

Added by: RobbieJackson
Added on: Thursday 10th August 2017

Category: Walkers

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