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Bleck Cra
2006-04-03 19:15:01
A New View in Belfast
‘bout ye Michael McA. Divis and them’uns? Now available to you and me, courtesy of The National Trust and other heroes. See www.belfasthills.org. Not least amongst the historic things happening “up (th)’ere”, is the presentation of these novelties to the public: gates, roads, parking spots; the lot. We found ourselves yesterday drawn irresistibly up on to their broad shoulders. Just for a wee dander. Study a 1to50 and you may ask “The Belfast Hills, why?” 1to25 and still no answer. A low flying aeriel shot - no real clues. But visit and the reasons are there, suddenly there, appearing from behind soft, mossy horizons. The views across Belfast to the sea, panning the beautiful Lagan Valley, spotlighting Croob and the dramatic Mournes, to vast Lough Neagh and the strange Sperrins, are nothing short of stunning. I expect that with some vis from atop these bleak items, you will be able to get the whole of NI, the whole unexpected expanse of the thing, on one frame. What New Management has brought, is a Spring Clean and a fabulous network of mat-tracks opening up otherwise inaccessible terrain - terrain from which I envisage emerges a panoply of floral and faunal wonders. Melancholy with the skeletons of ancient fairy thorn hedges, the dead bones of neolithic stoneworks, television and army masts - but kind of magic. Very open and exposed and kin to the Western Border hills of Scotland. There is vehicular access virtually to the tops, so you can do them at a stroll. Myself, I mean to contrive some tough routes from ground level up through the city and shall report back. Find the Upper Springfield Road out of West Belfast and follow your nose and’ ‘ere’s Divis mynt’n National Trust Carpark. Expect little but be mesmerised.
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