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Peter Walker: Track 4361 in area near Gibbs Island, Down Islands (Ireland)
Gibbs Island
Length: 1.5km, Creator time taken: 24m22s, Ascent: 17m,
Descent: 16m

Places: Start at J50812 49943, Gibbs Island, end at Start
Logged as completed by 1

Strangford Lough is the largest sea inlet in these islands, bound into County Down by the long Ards Peninsula. It also has a lot of islands, and one Sunday afternoon myself and Indy the Tripod Wonder Dog decided to pay one of them a visit.
Over the causeway to Gibbs Island

There's a bit of parking space at the end of Island Road near Killyleagh, and from here we strode forth on a wide path leading to the causeway connecting Gibbs Island to the mainland. We (well, I say 'we', I really mean 'I') were excited to be the first MVers to log a visit, and our belief that we might be the first people ever to make landfall was only slightly dented by the dog waste bins, clear paths, the existence of the causeway and the people we could see already wandering around the place; we were the first folk to actually claim a visit, and as we all know it's being the first to tick something on the Internet that really counts.
From the end of the causeway a path skirts a property on the right; the only house on the island. (It should be noted that cattle sometimes graze here, but they weren't present on this day even if there was plenty of 'evidence' on the ground of their irregular presence). We wended around the shoreline clockwise on a gently indented path through the lush grass whilst mentally noting that this would be an excellent place for a picnic; there are a couple of benches to sit on but there's ample opportunity to lay out a blanket and a hamper and inhale the salty air, so long as you check there isn't a cowpat there in advance.
The path around the island

Having completed the circuit we then made the short climb up the highest point; this is located in the kind of copse that often hosts the denouement of M.R.James' ghost stories (its ancient gateway helping a lot in this regard), but on this sunny Sunday afternoon the only dangers were the profusion of nettles either side of the thin path through the trees. Maybe don't wear shorts...
The Lord of Gibbs Island surveys his kingdom

Uploaded on: Sun, 9 Aug 2020 (17:21:16)
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British summit data courtesy:
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