Scone Famine at Mossley Mill!

Scone Famine at Mossley Mill!

The Newtownabbey Way runs for 4 miles from Corr’s Corner down to the sea at Whiteabbey and passes the Mossley Mill Civic Centre, former flax and spinning mill saved from demolition in 1996 by Newtownabbey Borough Council. A major restoration and conversion project resulted in refurbishing the remaining mill buildings and creating a new state–of–the–art Community Arts and Cultural Centre capable of conferences, exhibitions, functions and arts and cultural events. (The theatre would be the envy of many Bangorians!).

So to reach the start at the Mill our twelve strong group took two trains and a short walk brought us to the centre. We had the privilege of watching a swan build a nest at the old mill dam pond. We took the opportunity for morning coffee in the theatre concourse but the kitchen obviously wasn’t expecting a big influx of people and apologised for the dearth of scones. We managed to finish off the supply!

 After an interesting time spent in the Mill Museum where the exhibition charts the development of the linen industry in that area, we set off on the Three Mile Water trail down to the sea. It is also a cycle way and there are public art installations depicting Newtownabbey Heritage. The well surfaced path follows the Three Mile Water through a tree–lined valley before reaching the Conservation Park, an area of parkland popular with local walkers and the local angling club. After a short section in Monkstown, it continues through the parkland and Monkstown Wood, below the hugely impressive Bleach Green Railway Viaduct. The Viaduct was completed in 1933 to allow trains to run between Belfast York Road Station and Ballymena without having to reverse at Greenisland. It carries the mainline to Derry over the Larne Line. There are actually three viaducts carrying the lines from Belfast to Ballymena/Londonderry and Larne Harbour across the Three Mile Water and Valentine’s Glen, to the north of Whiteabbey station. Eventually we ended up on the Shore Road at Whiteabbey where we found picnic tables and had lunch beside a small stone monument engraved with a poem entitled, appropriately, “Down a wandering path I have travelled”. If we had been cycling we could have continued along the Loughshore to Belfast.

The next walk on May 5th is in Loughgall Country Park when we hope to see County Armagh’s apple blossom.

 

Added by: RobbieJackson
Added on: Monday 9th April 2018

Category: Walkers

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