Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

Gorgeous Glenmore is just perfect for a stroll

For panoramic views over the hillside pastures of Northern Ireland’s largest county, head for Glenmore in Co Tyrone.

This walk runs along the path of the Glen but you can choose a higher level path taking you to a look-out point which commands great views of the pastured hillsides and wider countryside.

Directions

The walk can be accessed from two car parks, but starts and finishes in the car park on Bockets Road.

To get to this car park from the main A4 Ballygawley/Dungannon Road, turn onto the Tullyavern Road following the brown tourist signs for Glenmore Scenic walk. Turn right after about 50m onto Bockets Road. The car park is approx 1.5 miles along on the left hand side. (Grid reference (start) H656605: Grid reference (finish) H656605).

From the car park, go through the kissing gate and follow the path slightly uphill towards the glen. It is is a circular route and can be done in either direction. The walk described here follows an anti-clockwise direction.

Turn right and cross over the bridge, following the path through the glen. The wide unsurfaced path leads steeply uphill for approximately 10 minutes until it meets a junction signed to a viewpoint on the right.

For a short detour, follow the path uphill to the viewpoint where a wooden shelter with seating offers a chance to pause and view the surrounding countryside. Head back downhill to the main path.

Continue along this path until reaching the top car park on Tullyavern Road.

The path continues down the glen back to the bridge crossed at the start. From here retrace your steps back to the car park. The walk takes around 45 minutes to complete.

the backdrop

This pretty walk leads through mixed woodland, following a wide path through the glen and back. As you continue along the path, passing a range of deciduous trees, look out for flowers scattered on the woodland floor and listen for birdsong in the tree canopy.

From the viewpoint look beyond the gorse and bracken and take in the panorama of the Co Tyrone countryside, a patchwork of farmland and hedgerows. A small lake at the top end of the walk offers a short detour from the main path.

The Carleton Trail leads visitors for 48km through the Tyrone landscape, passing many places of interest and highlighting the local history, architecture and ancient monuments of the region. Mostly on road, the Carleton Trail can be driven, cycled or walked.

Not far from the A4 Ballygawley/ Dungannon Road is President Grant’s Ancestral Homestead — a classic example of a 19th century cottage whose grounds remain open all year round for tours and audiovisual show.

You can also visit Parkanaur Forest Park, a great venue for picnicking and walking and famous for the herd of white fallow deer.

Further Information

CAAN endorses the principles of Leave No Trace, which means recreational users can minimise their impact on the countryside whilst still enjoying it. For info visit www.leavenotraceireland.org .

For further information on walking or any other outdoor activity, please contact Countryside Access and Activities Network, tel: 028 9030 3930 or www.walkni.com . Countryside Access and Activities Network (CAAN) in association with Belfast Telegraph have provided this information. Every care has been taken to ensure accuracy of the information. CAAN and Belfast Telegraph, however, cannot accept responsibility for errors or omissions but where such are brought to our attention, the information for future publications will be amended accordingly.

Walk Name: Glenmore Scenic Walk

Area: Ballygawley

Nearest town to starting point: Aughnacloy

Distance: 1.5 miles

Terrain: Unsurfaced paths, steep in places, some steps

Refreshments: Orchard Tea Rooms at the Suitor Gallery, Ballygawley Roundabout ( www.suitorgallery.com ; 028 8556 8653); Askins Restaurant, Ballygawley ( eatsdrinksfortywinks.com ; 028 8556 8910); Killymaddy Restaurant at Killymaddy Tourist Information and Craft Centre.

Publications: This walk is featured on www.walkni.com . Further information about this walk can be obtained from Killymaddy Tourist Information and Craft Centre (028 8776 7259)

Map: Sheet 19 of Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland Discoverer Series, available from Land & Property Services Map Shop ( www.lpsni.gov.uk )

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