Situated on the shores of Strangford Lough, Delamont Country Park is a stunning and beautiful 200-acre area that offers peace, beauty and tranquillity. The views across Strangford Lough and its atmosphere make Delamont a place to enjoy a walk in the nature with that feeling of being apart from the rest of the world. Delamont Country Park is also home of the Strangford Stone – the tallest megalith in Ireland. This was erected on top of a hill in year 2000 to celebrate friendship. The park includes 5 walks: Mullagh Walk (1.0km), Garden Walk (1.2km), Strangford Walk (2.0km), Corbally Walk (4.0km) and Longwalk (7.0km).

This morning Jeff and I left home in a cold and rainy weather. However, as we approached the city of Downpatrick, it stopped raining and the sky started to show some blue patches. Delamont Country Park is a 30-minute drive from Belfast, not too far from Rowallane Garden and Mount Stewart. The day turned out to be very pleasant in spite of being cold: we started following the Long Walk, but then jumped randomly across different paths, attracted by the surroundings and the variety of panoramas. When we got to the top of the hill where Strangford Stone is, we could admire the stunning view of the cloud front opening upon an incredible blue sky. Eventually, we resumed the Long Walk and found ourselves passing by ponds and woodlands. The colours of Autumn were relaxing and we enjoyed admiring the trees and the patterns of their fallen leaves.

A ride on the coal train

While we were walking back to the parking lot, we came across the miniature railway: this is a rail track 1km long run by a miniature coal train. The train conductor was warming it up, so we stopped to talk to him. Ten minutes later, we took a ride on the train… that definitely made our day. Price for our happiness: 2.50 pounds each.

We left the park as happy as children. However, our whereabouts for the day were not over. As we left the park, we passed by the small town of Killyleigh and we decided to make a short detour to the seafront. It turned out to be a pretty good choice. I’ll write about that in the next post!

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