Historic Walk to Grey Point Fort – Report

Posted on September 4th, 2013 · Posted in Latest News

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Date:                    Sunday 22nd September.       

Session Time:     11:00 to 15:00

Location:              Crawfordsburn Country Park

Meeting at Crawfordsburn Country Park Visitor Centre join the Ulster Federation of Rambling Clubs for a gentle guided 3 mile walk through a series of waymarked trails spanned by an impressive railway viaduct of scrabo sandstone. The walk will follow the trail of Lady Dufferin to Grey Point Fort in Helens Bay where we will explore and learn the fascinating history about the military fort which was built in 1904 before returning via the coastal path.

Grey Point Fort is one of the best preserved early 20th century coastal forts anywhere in the British Isles. Situated in Helen’s Bay, Grey Point Fort houses a most unusual hands-on military museum. Completed in 1907, at its heart the fort has two massive 6 inch diameter guns which commanded the entrance to Belfast Lough. While a key part of Belfast’s defences against naval attack, it proved of limited value during the German air attacks on the city in 1941.

Once we have completed the walk we will visit the fascinating museum of military memorabilia created by volunteers, including medals, uniforms, photographs and weaponry from the First and Second World Wars. There is also a unique collection of radio equipment, together with a section devoted to the Titanic.

Please make bookings directly through the Get Outdoors Weekend website, but feel free to contact Ulster Federation of Rambling Clubs if you would like more specific information on the event:

What to Bring

Please wear appropriate footwear for walking on forest trails and also bring a suitable waterproof jacket.

Suitability

This event is suitable for all ages (minimum age is 10) and is particularly suited to families and those looking to learn more about the military fort.

Meeting Point

Crawfordsburn Country Park Visitor Centre.

Directions to Location

From Belfast Down the A2 turn left at traffic lights at the Ballyrobert garage follow the signs to Crawfordsburn country park.