The Layde Walk

The Layde walk is in and around the village of Glenarm on the Coast Road. This is a signed circular walk, mostly on road ascending to a most rewarding viewpoint.

The Layde walk is in and around the village of Glenarm on the Coast Road.

This is a signed circular walk, mostly on road ascending to a most rewarding viewpoint. The distance is onl 1 mile and should take 25 minutes. Dogs are allowed on a lead.

This is a moderate walk with some hilly sections leading to the viewpoint where there are seats to rest.

Start on the Coast Road, where there is a car park and bus stop.

The village of Glenarm is a Conservation Area and has many quaint shops and pubs, Public toilets are beside the car park. The Tourist information Centre, located on the Coast Road, is open all year.

From the Coast Road, go over the bridge over Glenarm river and turn right into Toberwine Street. Here you will pass the famous Steenson’s silver jewellery workshop and close by is the Barbican Gate, once the entrance to the 17th Century Glenarm Castle. Continue up on Vennel Street as you pause for breath on this steep little street you can admire the unique pebble patterned footpath. Keep going uphill until you see the sign for the Layde Path on the left. This is a short limestone walkway overlooking the village and Glenarm Bay. This walk gets its name from an artificial waterway which took water from higher up the Glen, along this path, down to the Harbour for use in the now obsolete limestone industry. At the end of this delightful path, turn left onto Dickeystown Road. The remains of the old limestone quarry are on the right at the end of this road. Turn left here, back towards the village on cross over to take a tour of the new harbour with its colourful boats. You should also be able to see the Mull of Kintyre and even further afield on a good day.

information gained from Walk NI .

Photo by: Linda Thompson

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