During a recent visit to Derry/Londonderry, we included a walk along its walls. The city is this year the British City of Culture and from the walls,which are high above the streets and the river, you can see quite a bit of what has been accomplished over the last couple of years to prepare for this. You can see the Foyle river which played such an important part in the history of the city and the country, the Bogside area and the beautiful Peace Bridge spanning the river. These walls were built to fortify the city in the 17th century and are intact today and provide a bracing walk of just over a mile.The original cannons are still in place and each individual cannon has a plaque detailing its origin and maker etc. Also, it is possible to divert from the walk as you wish down various steps leading to the interesting little streets of the city to explore as you go. It is advisable to take a guided tour- Martin McCrossan is an excellent guide, as the walls are brought to life through interpration by a local person who can bring the chequered history of this city to vibrant life. It is wonderful to see how a city which suffered so terribly during the Troubles can be united and how the citizens can now work together in peace to welcome the world into this beautiful city on the Foyle.
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