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Two New Quality Walks Added to WalkNI


Two brand new walking routes have just been added to WalkNI.com's already extensive list of quality walks. The two walks near Carrickfergus and managed by Mid and East Antrim Borough council are the perfect way for locals and visitors alike to enjoy the countryside and connect with nature. 

One of 60 Diamond Jubilee Woods (the only one in Ireland) to symbolise 60 years of The Queen’s Reign, Whitehead Diamond Jubilee Wood was officially opened in 2012.  The 60 acre woodland near Bentra Golf Course contains 60,000 trees, 2km of path network, 1000sqm pond, a Commonwealth Tree Avenue planted with copper beech; wildflower meadows, picnic area and a sculpture designed by artist Kevin Killen and local school children.  A 1.1 circular route on flat, compacted gravel path walkers will pass a wild flower meadow, tree sculpture and outdoor gym.

Just a ten minute drive away you will find Oakfield Glen and Bashfordland Wood, the second walking route to have been added.  The two woods, managed by The Woodland Trust and Mid and East Antrim Borough council respectively feature a series of well-used paths offering an hour’s leisurely stroll.   All walking routes are on concrete, compacted gravel paths with several short loops off the main 2 mile path to be explored.  

Once a countryman’s residence built in 1805, the house at Oakfiled Glen was demolished in the 1950s however other reminders of days gone by include an old icehouse, which has been uncovered and restored to its former glory. Walkers will also come across a charming burn which bisects this long linear site, while two newstone bridges echo the remains of a much older one, built in Victorian times. 

At Bashfordsland Wood you will find wildlife-ponds, wildflowers and thousands of recently planted native trees – over 20,000 in total. The trees already tower over the tallest of walkers and attract precious wildlife, including sparrowhawks and buzzards. New strategically placed sculptures in the shape of leaves created by artist Kevin Killen, with input from Oakfield Primary School also feature along the walk.

Click on the above links or visit WalkNI.com for full route descriptions, maps and images for each of the walks.