This episode of Tracks and Trails is presented by Anna Geary who captained the Cork team to win the All Ireland Camogie championship. In total this trip is 60km long, for the adventurous this journey can be completed in one straight run with a combination of walking, cycling and kayaking. Anna’s journey comprises of three different routes, where she walks and kayaks.
Anna’s first route starts at the northern tip of Lough Neagh, the largest lake in Ireland and follows along a stretch of water just outside the town of Toome. Anna meets Una Johnston who grew up in the area, which has now become well known for the opening sequence of ‘Game of Thrones’. Una directs Anna to the fisherman’s co-op famous for wild eels, where she meets Kathy Chauhan and learns about the eel fishery.
The second part of the route is a short 8km journey to Bellaghy in Co. Derry. She visits the Seamus Heaney’s HomePlace Museum and meets Brian McCormack, who tells Anna about the centre dedicated to the poet’s life. 20km away Anna picks up the trail at Hutchinson’s Quay which runs to Portna Locks. She meets Bradden Baille who makes the wooden spars for the locks and Joe Gilliespie who talks more about the canal.
After leaving Portna the trail can be cycled along the main road or via kayak. At the kayak centre, local Chris Scott is Anna’s guide for the day. This 5km excursion takes her from Portna to Movanagher.
The final stage of this journey is 20km away in Coleraine. It is the largest town Anna encounters and it is near the mouth of the river Bann. Anna finishes her walk in Coleraine’s nearby Mountsandel woods and fort, where she meets group of local walkers.