Walk on the Wild side?

Maybe a little overstated but this walk, which I undertake annually, is a bit wild. The landscape is truly wild and the great joy of this walk is that it can be solitary. The National Trust, who maintain the cliff paths and walkways at the Giants Causeway and Causeway coast, have deemed the lower cliff path out of bounds to walkers. They have barred access to discourage the feint of heart but for those who persist, with caution, the rewards are stunning. The lack of traffic on the path has allowed nature obscure the track, which makes the walk more challenging, the obstacles providing time to observe the land and seascape, flora and fauna that surround you.

The coastline is a succession of bays with names like Portmoon, Port na Tober, and Port na Spaniagh. The Lower Cliff path leads from one bay to the next with spectacular vistas as you round the cliff into the next bay, and heart stopping moments as the path seems to disappear. The geological phenomena of hexagonal basalt columns becomes more evident as you approach the Giants Causeway, the vertical columns forming cliff faces, and The Stacks, where cliff erosion has left isolated columns back dropped by the sky at Lacada Point. I came upon a flock of rust tinted sheep sheltering under an outcrop of rust tinted sandstone as I rounded the cliff through a rock portal into the blaze of evening sun. In the distance the Giants Causeway could be seen dipping into the sea to re-emerge, some 50 miles north, at Fingal’s Cave on the island of Staffa in the Scottish Hebrides.

 

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