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Seahill Station to Cultra

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TYPELinear walk from train station
DISTANCE3.2 miles / 5.1km
SURFACESMixed – significant muddy and rough sections
HEIGHT GAIN / LOSSSeveral gentle ascents and descents
HAZARDS
    Short very exposed sections – spray and waves at high tides with wind.
    Rough underfoot.

This walk features several short interesting sections interspersed with more mundane walking. The seafront north of Seahill is a highlight with diverse shore habit, rocky coves and small rocky islets close to the shore where cormorants and seals can be often seen. A great spot to sit and watch (or even picnic weather permitting!)

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Seahill Station Loop

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TYPECircular walk from train station
DISTANCE1.6 miles / 2.5km
SURFACESMixed – significant muddy and rough sections
HEIGHT GAIN / LOSSSeveral gentle ascents and descents – 200 feet of height gain and loss.
HAZARDS
  • Rough underfoot
  • Some walking on quiet roads without pavements

This is an excellent short walk which gives quick access to the seafront north of Seahill with its diverse shore habit, rocky coves and small rocky islets close to the shore where cormorants and seals can often be seen. A great spot to sit and watch (or even picnic weather permitting)!

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Helen’s Bay to Seahill

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TYPELinear walk from train station to train station
DISTANCE3.1 miles / 5.0 km
SURFACESMixed – tarmac and gravel paths – condition generally good except for short section at Seahill shore.
HEIGHT GAIN / LOSSSeveral gentle ascents and descents
HAZARDS
    Short distance of walking on quiet residential roads

This route starts at a Gothic train station, travels along a hidden wooded carriageway, meets the sea on a spectacular headland complete with big guns and lookouts, follows a varied coast including a ‘mini-Gobbins’ walk way and then turns inland for a final tree-lined section along minor paths to Seahill Station.

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Carnalea Station to Bangor

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TYPELinear walk (with option to return to start via train)
DISTANCE2.4 Miles / 3.9 Km
SURFACESPaved paths throughout
HEIGHT GAIN / LOSSSeveral gentle ascents and descents

This easy and pleasant short walk starts at Carnalea Station and takes you to Bangor Seafront where refreshments may be appropriate, before returning via the train from Bangor station. There is a lot to see in a short distance – all the more reason to take your time and give the possibly familiar a second look.

An even shorter alternative is to start at the car park (or the nearby Bangor West Station) at Stricklands Glen and join the coast path at Smelt Mill bay.

Vertical take-off and landings on display by lapwings and a heron
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