Saturday, 15 August 2009

Kearney Beach-Clean

The day began with heavy rain; and ended sunny and temperate. The return journey from home to the National Trust village of Kearney was about fifty-five miles, including a detour to Knockinelder Bay. The best route for me was via Newtownards and Kircubbin; then veering left just beyond Kircubbin, at a well-marked sign-post to Cloughey; through Cloughey, along the coast to Kearney on the eastern side of the Ards Peninsula in County Down.

There were eight of us today. Armed with black bin-bags, gloves and litter-pickers we prowled along the shore collecting a miscellany of rubbish ranging from plastic bottles to bottle-tops.

We all lunched down at the shore - I had home-made egg salad sandwiches today.

After lunch, we motored a bit further along, to Knockinelder Bay which has a fine beach (though stony and pebbly at the beginning. There are fine views across the bay to Quintin Castle from here.

Knockinelder is directly east of Portaferry.

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