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Forgotten shores & Patrick's fury

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The spring awakens at the Quoile

Bring the riverside walk to life with a series of stories themed around Saint Patrick. Explore the history of the Quoile Nature Reserve with the library of old photos from the National Library of Ireland archive.

Travel through time at the Quoile and listen to the myths and legends of a once busy shipping lane. Through the centuries many have visited this place including Saint Patrick himself. On the route you will learn about the other side of Saint Patrick that inflicted God's wrath onto people.

The route follows a journey made by the log boats of the first settlers and the longboats of Viking raiders and the steamships of yesteryear. Along the way you will learn about the branch of Strangford Lough that washed up around Downpatrick. It was in 1745 that the Southwells undertook the radical drainage scheme. Listening to the Southwells family tale from lordship to ruin, did they too fall to Saint Patrick's fury?

A bonifide Game of Thrones location it was in 1957 that the final change was made that ended the maritime trade. The history is lost in the altered landscape but with Duane's help you will soon have your bearings. On the route you will find an old castle, the old quays and the northern gateway to Lecale, the Quoile Bridge. After the walk a souvenir print showing Downpatrick before the erection of the Quoile barrier is yours to take home!

Further information

- The walk is 3.5 miles and circular, returning to the start point.
- The route includes level terrain, largely consisting of a gravel path.
- The tour lasts 2 hours.


Sensible walking shoes, clothes for inclement weather.

Provider: Walk the Lecale Peninsula

Location: Quoile Countryside Centre, 5 Quay Road, BT30 7JB

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