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The walk on Sunday November 20th has been changed from Baronscourt to Portstewart strand and dunes
Our last walk tooks us to the Castlederg - Killeter area called "The
Causeway". An ancient smuggling route used during the 2nd world war to
smuggle milk, bread, meat and butter from Donegal into Tyrone. Photos on this page from this outing
Our next walk is to the Cliffs of Magho on Saturday October 29th
This is a 4 hour circular
route which includes an ascent (path & steps) to Lough Navar View
Point, great views of Lower Lough Erne, Slieve League & the
Bluestack Mountains, followed by a walk through forest, track and road.
Nineteen members of the West
Tyrone Ramblers travelled to Fermanagh, to Ballintempo Forest on Saturday past.
Aghanaglack is part of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark.
The weather was cloudy to start with and soon
turned to light rain and later to heavy rain, clearing up at midday after the
lunch break. It was a circular walk mainly on forest track. The area is steeped
in geology, local myths and wildlife, so there was something for everyone.
Leaving the car park the walkers followed the track to Aghanaglack Double Court
Tomb. The group leader gave some information about the tomb, it is on an
elevated site amongst the conifers, it was constructed when there were fewer surrounding
trees, allowing for spectacular views across the surrounding countryside. It
was excavated in 1938, in its original state the tomb was roofed with large
stones and then covered with stones and possibly clay. The twin galleries of
the tomb are aligned east-west and it was disturbed by previous excavation,
some of the stones being used for farm buildings. The tomb was found to contain
Bronze Age and Stone Age items, pots, arrowheads and the remains of two
children. Some of the items can be found on display at Fermanagh Co. Museum.
The ramblers then moved on past the reedy shoreline of Lough Blockent towards
an area commonly called Brimstone Rock, once used as a mass rock during the 17th
Century when Catholic worship was declared illegal.
Walking along the track on top
of escarpment, in the heavy rain the group found a spot in the forest to have
lunch, the trees providing limited shelter. After lunch the walkers continued
following the track, with the rained stopped and the appearance of blue sky,there
were glimpses of Cuilcagh Mountain, Fermanagh's highest mountain, with its
distinctive plateau-shape and stepped profile. The landscape began to change
from forest to open moorland and blanket bog. The walkers observed the
construction site for Ora More Wind Farm, the building of the giant turbines,
their towers rising from the bog and the enormous crane used to lift the
turbine and blades into position. During the summer the turf cutters had been
busy cutting turf on the blanket bog, an age old tradition on the island of
Ireland, the old and new energy source side by side. After four hours and eight
miles the ramblers returned to the car park after a very enjoyable walk despite
the wet start.
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