Walk 7 - Moyle Way Stage 2
Date: Sunday 26th February 2006
09:30 and it was warm(7C), dry with a cool wind. I recommend that you have a good ordnance survey map with you at this stage as we did. We left the car at the same point we had stopped last month and proceeded up the forest track to the top of Slieveanorra which took about 40 minutes to walk up by the time we had stopped to take photos and appreciate the views. This must be one of the best viewpoint in the glens as we could see for about 40 miles in every direct - nothing like a crisp February morning for clear air. Knocklayde is quite impressive from this point as is Glenshesk trickling down to Rathlin, with Scotland as a backdrop. Sweeping westwards you can nearly see Coleraine with Ballymoney a bit closer, and then south is the Altnahinch reservoir in the shadow of wind turbines that look pretty small from way up here. Further round to the east lies Trostan (our next summit) the whole of the Antrim plateau with it's many glens and just a glimpse of sea. Had a cup of tea here and enjoyed the view in the shelter of a peat bog dig-out.
Following along the way marked route we descended into bog ground where I discovered the benefits of Gortex when I stepped into a 3ft hole that looked solid, from here on in I made a point of using my walking stick to test dubious looking terrain. The route follows through a forest over a quiet road before proceeding to climb Trostan which leads us down into Glenariff (Queen of the Nine Glens).
Without doubt the best views yet. Take good waterproofs and footwear if you decide to do this one!