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Romantic Walks this Spring

If the weather is kind (no storm warning, ice, too much rain) this Spring, then why not enjoy stunning scenery while spending time together!

Fresh air, the great outdoors and a great companion. What more could you want?

So, get out and about and take a leisurely walk, or a speedy hike if that’s more your thing! Here’s some of our top suggestions!

The Argory

Nested beside the River Blackwater, The Argory a National Trust property is the perfect setting for your outdoor time. The estate is large, and especially at this time of year with trees so bare there is plenty to observe. Robins dart along the paths, and kingfishers can be viewed, if you are patient. The River Walk (2 miles) is the perfect place to try and spot them. The Lime Tree Walk (2 miles) is another enjoyable route weaving around the estate. Admission charge payable to access the estate.

The Argory | Captured by The Argory

Solitude Park in Banbridge

If you are being treated to something nice in one of the independent shops in Banbridge, or perhaps an amazing lunch why not stretch the legs in Solitude Park afterwards? Located so close to the town centre, there is a lot of green space and the gentle meandering of the River Bann through. And if you want to try out the urban sports facility for skateboarding and BMX, well why not?

Gosford Forest Park

The forest park is a go too. There is space, there is nature and some 240 acres of diverse woodland to enjoy and just be. There are approx. 10 miles of trails to follow for walkers, including the 3.7-mile boundary trail which weaves through mixed woodland and past the deer. Watch out for nature, the  birds getting ready for spring. A shorter trail, the Castle Trail will take you past the pretty castle, nestled in the trees. Check out the deer park trail and arboretum trail as well.

And if the zipline playpark is free at the Castle Tower playground, what about a cheeky race to see who is fastest? Looser buys the coffees/hot chocolate at the catering vans!

Oxford Island

Nestled at the foot of Lough Neagh, Oxford Island is a designated nature reserve. The land is chock full of wildlife, including wintering birds. Whooper swans (the common swans) may be seen and for the day that is in it, they are the ones that mate for life. Awww. Swans aside there are trails a plenty to just enjoy fresh, bracing air.

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