Ulster Canal. At Jim Murray’s suggestion I undertook some research into the area around Wattle Bridge (Map 27 H425202). This is potentially a very interesting area as the course of the Ulster Canal starts nearby (H419210).
In June 2001 we moored Zillah by the entrance to the canal.[Beware! On one map this is shown as the limit of navigation. On another it is upstream of the limit of navigation. Zillah draws about one metre.]
On a beautiful afternoon we set off in the dingy to explore. We motored quietly as far as Wattle Bridge, a delightful trip and went ashore immediately below the bridge on the western bank. We then headed east along the road to the A3, turned left and proceeded in an anti-clockwise direction back to our starting point at Wattle Bridge. This is an interesting route and the observant walker who uses a map will find much of interest particularly in relation to the Ulster Canal.
Unfortunately the walk is entirely on-road and includes some busy sections with no footpaths. Hence the walk is not included as a recommended walk.
On the way back we explored Castle Lough which is to the west of Castle Saunderson. We returned to Zillah wishing we had more time to enjoy these delightful and peaceful waters. Hopefully a future visit will reveal an attractive off-road walk in this idyllic backwater. In the meantime, suggestions please to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tully Inishmore. On a bright sunny morning in June 2001 we found ourselves moored at the Tully Inishmore jetty (H265276). We decided to explore. We walked to the public car park and then along the quiet and mostly straight country road as far as the junction with the C436 (H285368) from where we retraced our footsteps back to the jetty. A very pleasant 4km walk.