A walk along the coast and an excellent lunch for the Columbanus Walkers

A walk along the coast and an excellent lunch for the Columbanus Walkers

As is the custom of the Columbanus Walkers, the December outing is a shorter than usual walk followed by a Christmas lunch.

This year some 13 walkers travelled by train to Helens Bay station. The station, which was originally called Clandeboye, was built in the Scottish baronial style by Lord Dufferin. We began our walk on Clandeboye Avenue – the carriageway that was built to enable the inhabitants and guests of Clandboye House to travel to the station, and the coast beyond. Part of Clandeboye Avenue passes over the low bridge on the Ballysallagh Road than has so often been hit by vehicles that are too tall to pass under it.

At the station, between the railway and road bridges, Brian pointed out the turning circle for the horse–drawn carriages and the doorway (now blocked up) that led to the private waiting room for the folk from the big house.

We followed Clandeboye Avenue to the coast and followed the coastal path into Bangor. We noticed that, on a Saturday morning, there were very few other people on the path until we came to Smelt Mill Bay, at the foot of Stricklands Glen. When we arrived at Pickie, we decided there was enough time for refreshments at the cafe before returning home to dress for lunch.

Twenty–four of us enjoyed an excellent lunch at the Royal Ulster Yacht Club and recalled another successful year (the 15th) for the Walking Group.

The next walk is on Saturday 4th January. We will meet at Bangor station at 9.10 in time for the 9.25 train. From Lanyon Place, we will take the Glider bus to Dundonald. We will walk along the Comber Greenway to C S Lewis Square and then to Titanic Quarter station to take a train back to Bangor.

Added by: RobbieJackson
Added on: Tuesday 10th December 2019

Category: Walkers

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