ROE VALLEY, BINEVENAGH 4-
For our early Summer break the Club decided to book a luxury weekend at the Roe Resort, just outside Limavady and beside the Roe Valley Country Park. It was an inspired choice given its excellent facilities and proximity to two good walks.
The first of these, on the Saturday, was partially an old favourite but with a difference. We met in the carpark of St Aidan’s church to climb the famous basalt outcrop of Binevenagh with its impressive cliffs. This time our leader, Carol Warke, selected a more gradual route to the summit around the west end of the cliffs thereby avoiding the notorious scramble of earlier years. Lunch was taken beside the tranquil waters of the fishing lake at the summit. We then proceeded by forest paths and part of the Bishop’s Road to one of the foremost tourist attractions in the area, i.e. the statue of the Celtic Sea God known as Manannan Mac Lir, located at the Gortmore viewpoint. Returning to the carpark by a different forest trail we then headed for the hotel to partake of an excellent banquet, a suitable reward for completing what turned out to be a six hour walk.
On Sunday Lorraine Pollock led a rather more sedate walk through the Roe Valley Country Park taking in the usual points of interest such as the Dog Leap and O’Cahan’s Castle. The weather was quite glorious, the best day of the Summer so far, and this helped to show the Park off at its best.
Many thanks to both our walks leaders and a special thanks to Lorraine for arranging the accommodation.(thanks to Ivan for supplying the text and some photos and to Cowan for the other photos)