Off the Beaten Track – The River Bann at Glenone
Welcome to the first in an occasional series looking at some of the special places on your doorstep that you probably don’t know about, but that are well worth visiting. This week on Off the Beaten Track – The River Bann at Glenone. The River is the longest in Northern Ireland, stretching from its source in County Down, through Lough Neagh, Lough Beg and the lush countryside of County Derry, before entering the Atlantic Ocean at Portstewart. On its way it passes through or past many historic towns and villages, among them the twin villages of Glenone and Portglenone, divided by the river and by the county boundary of Derry and Antrim.
It is close to Glenone that the local council installed 90 coarse angling bays, stretching for just over a mile along the river’s edge. While the angling can be seasonal, the facility has a year-round attraction for walkers who can enjoy fine views of the river and the foliage that dips its branches into the flowing water.
In the Autumn, the colours can be quite stunning as you can see in this short film that charts the month of October 2016 – a month in 2 minutes! Enjoy.
The River Bann Coarse Angling facility is located off the main A54 road, just outside the village of Glenone on the road to Bellaghy and Castledawson. A brown and white sign directs you down a short driveway to the main car park. The path is well maintained but wear suitable footwear. The walk is open year-round.