All around Lecale

The little corner of County Down known as Lecale is recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and during the last six days I’ve been able to see why. And I’ve been taking the maximum advantage of this spell of good weather while I’m at it.

On Thursday, as I reported in a previous entry, I walked from Downpatrick to Tyrella Beach and back.

On Friday I took the bus to Ardglass and walked to Ballyhornan and back. I took the path known as the Lecale Way, a path along the coast that is totally free of cars. I also took a lengthy walk along the beach in the surf,

On Saturday I walked to Inch Abbey and I had a nice lunch al fresco at Bon Appetit, a café and restaurant on the Belfast Road.

On Sunday I walked up to Raholp and climbed up Slieve Patrick.

On Monday I took a long walk down the Old Course Road, down Ballyclander Road, back round onto Milltown Road, Bright Road, Carrowbane Road, then back up the Ballynoe Road to Downpatrick.

And today I took a bus to Ballykinler and revisited Tyrella Beach and took another long walk in the surf. I really wanted to visit it again before this present hot spell of weather ends.

Oh, and I don’t know if it’s the salt water or the effect of walking on sand in salt water, but the rough skin I had on my feet is mostly gone.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: sunshine, I love you!