The Walkers on ‘The Green Road’

The Walkers on ‘The Green Road’

Lackan Bog is an old worked out bog and the Green Road is the rampart across it. It lies near Ballyroney between Rathfriland and Dromara in remote typical drumlin country where the Upper Bann winds its way to Lough Neagh. The bog is set in a lowland basin of moss and birch and the track is now fringed with native trees, ferns, wild flowers and grasses. But sadly we saw none of the famed dragonflies.

It was an interesting walk however, with a sign telling us to watch out for rabbit holes, of which there were many and that it is forbidden to take moss! The bog itself was one of the largest single blocks of lowland peat left in County down and has apparently 13 out of 22 Irish species of Dragonflies.

The walk has a couple of dodgy footbridges before reaching the open fields leading to the road which we took back to the start. The route passes over the old Great Northern Railway to Newcastle which opened in 1906 and closed in 1955. We had thought of doing the walk in two parts so lunch was waiting at the parking place but it was so warm and humid we reckoned nearly 5 miles was enough on the day and headed home, some via the Muffler at Killinchy.

Our next walk is in Glenariff Forest Park on August 4th leaving the car park at 9am.

Added by: RobbieJackson
Added on: Tuesday 10th July 2018

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