Nature/ Wildlife Areas in Whitehead

Top Nature & Wildlife Areas in Whitehead, Northern Ireland

Nature & Wildlife Areas in Whitehead

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  • Steveodo
    Carrickfergus, UK5,900 contributions
    I was here again to look more closely at the bridges. The first ones here were Victorian ones made from blocks of stone before 1862. When a second railway line was added they put in the "new" 1928 concrete bridge. On the Victorian line, the one that’s on the landward side, they replaced the span of the bridge. You can still see the older stone blocks on the walls to either side. Behind fences you can just about still see other Victorian stone arches that hopped over tramways running from the limestone quarry that operated here in the past.

    Go through all the bridges and you see a great vista across Belfast Lough. Depending on the weather and season you can see Scotland, County Down, and sea birds, or the swimmers, yachts and row boats that come out of Whitehead.
    Written February 17, 2021
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  • John M
    Carrickfergus39 contributions
    A great place to walk and The dogs love it. We would go here regularly Great to have it on our doorstep
    Written August 6, 2021
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  • Steveodo
    Carrickfergus, UK5,900 contributions
    Into the spring of the year 2020 the Black Head Path is being rebuilt, so it is closed. It should be reopened before summer.

    There are many new things to see around Whitehead. The 1969 war memorial on Chester Avenue has been replaced with a new one, which was dedicated on Remembrance Sunday 2019. There is a new circular bench forming a ring around a new monkey puzzle tree where King’s Bridge ends at Chester Avenue. Uphill there is a living willow dome, made by Clive Lyttle of Welig Heritage Crafts. It was an idea from Bill Pollock of the Brighter Whitehead group of volunteers to get one here. It’s like an igloo made from interlaced willow saplings. Its leafy in summer, bare in winter, and is sprouting those pussy willow buds now.

    Brighter Whitehead also brought in a nine-foot-tall lighthouse sculpture to the main road, opposite Cable Road. It came from the Council’s Ballymena Urban Beach of 2019. Painted white with red stripes it’s a very festive landmark on an otherwise empty verge of grass. This is the town with Black Head Lighthouse, after all. It might soon be joined by a woven willow lighthouse keeper.

    A Coastal Promenade Project led by Whitehead Community Association cleaned up the sea wall and resurfaced and re-landscaped the area behind, where day-trippers’ cars and caravans like to park.

    The town’s cinema building, now a community centre, is undergoing a restoration project on its King’s Road façade. It had been boarded and bricked up. Now windows and doors are being put in, and the main street will look great when the work is complete.

    A colourful mural was completed in April 2019 on the wall of Whitehead Youth Club (on Castleview Road, near Whitehead Railway Museum). The young people from the club worked on it with Glenn, a graffiti artist. It highlights environmental issues, and has an image of the local lighthouse which cleverly incorporates a wall lamp that lights up at night.

    Two new interesting shops have opened in the town centre. Inside the Old Tea House at 1a King’s Road is Purple Earth NI - Scoop Shop & Natural Living. They offer ‘zero-plastic’ shopping where you bring your own containers and fill up on food and other domestic products. They also do ‘zero waste’ and recycling workshops. They open Thursday from 4 to 6pm, Friday from 3 to 7pm, Saturday from 11 to 7pm, and Sunday from 12 noon to 5pm.

    At 31 Balmoral Avenue, beside Victoriana Floral, is the new Vintage Time Travellers antiques shop. It’s a treasure-house of books, Dinky toys, clothes, posters, and fabulous items that are stunning and surprising. You’ll discover so many quirky things and enjoy asking Andrew and Lisa about them.

    If you pick the right day to visit the town there is more to enjoy. Bands and poets perform indoors and out during the Music and Mind Festival, from Thursday 7th May to Sunday 10th May 2020. Monday April 13th will see the Whitehead Easter Monday Road Race 2020, sponsored by Wright's Spar - runners have come to race around the town for 96 years. The Whitehead Summer Festival will run from 25th July to the 8th of August. Yarnfolk Festival of Festival of Wool will happen Saturday 10th of October. The famous Victorian Street Fair should be on Saturday November 28th, when you’ll see all manner of costumed characters and can enjoy a wealth of events.
    Written February 21, 2020
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