Sunday, 29 May 2016
By Jove it was busy at Mount Stewart estate, County Down, today. The overflow car-park in the large field was almost full.
Of course the popular Jazz in the Gardens event has been taking place this afternoon.
My purpose, however, was to explore the Glen in the demesne.
The glen is off the beaten track.
It begins at a junction on the Red Trail, where there's a small bridge.
One can follow the little river along a track till we reach the estate wall or boundary, where a stone arch passes over the river.
At this point the glen terminates.
There are oblong stepping-stones here, though the river is low at the moment and they are unnecessary.
Other features include a little hump-backed bridge and a more recent bridge in need of repair.
I will return to the Glen again in order to search for a former church or chapel, which was in another field beside the Glen.
On my way back I passed the former estate piggery.