Causeway Coastal Route Challenge

Have you ever driven the Causeway Coastal Route, known as ‘One of the World’s Great Road Journeys?’

On Sunday 30th October we will be taking on this incredible journey on bike, by foot and even kayaking.  You might think to yourself why? Well, let me explain in 2020 I decided to promote the Causeway Coastal, in particular the Binevenagh Area situated on the North Coast of Northern Ireland which is part of the Causeway Coastal Route.  My business Ella Mor is now part of the Northern Ireland Embrace A Giant Spirit Brand for the Binevenagh Area with outdoor activities, local walking tours and experiences. So what better way to promote an area even more is to explore it all yourself so you can share your own personal experiences with any visitors coming to Northern Ireland 🙂

I believe you should constantly challenge yourself and I wanted to offer others the chance to join me.  I asked the question to all my gym members and three incredible ladies – Cherry Love, Amanada Thompson and Judith Smith all stepped up to the ‘unknown’ challenge.

We began our training every Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 6am during July and August combined with gym sessions.  Biking was new to Judith and Amanada but it wasn’t long until they were cycling up Ballycarton Forest and believe me it’s a tough training route.

Next mission was to overcome the fear of kayaking. None of the girls had kayaked before so this was going to be fun lol.  With lots of laughter, achy arms, slightly wet and sore core muscles we had mastered it under the watchful eye of Peter Cole – although at times our steering could be questioned lol.

Our training over the past few months has been fun. We have laughed, we have almost cried, we have grown as a team.  We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses but together we are ‘stronger’.

Let me explain each stage of our challenge:

Our aim is to cycle from Larne along the Coastal Route passing through Ballygally, Glenarm, Carnlough, Cushendall, Cushendun, up over Torr Head into Ballycastle stopping for the famous Morton’s Fish and Chips before making our way to Carrick a Rede – Stage 1 complete.

The next stage of our journey is by foot.  We begin from Carrick a Rede and make our way along the Coastal Path to Ballintoy, crossing White Park Bay to Portbradden, Dunservick, passing through the Giant’s Causeway and onwards towards Portballintrae into Bushmills and Portrush completing Stage 2 in Portstewart.

It’s back on the bikes again as we begin Stage 3.  This stage will take us from Portstewart to Coleraine passing Castlerock, Downhill back on home turf now as we cycle up Bishops Road to Gortmore View Point before descending downhill towards Magilligan Point.

The next stage of our challenge depends on the weather and what time we hit Magilligan Point as the tide is going to play a big part in what we can do.  All being well our aim is to enter the water at Magilligan Point and kayak to Swan’s Bridge – if this fails we do have an alternative which will see us paddle 6 miles along the River Roe.

After our kayaking section the final Stage of our challenge is to hike the Binevenagh Loop hitting the trig point for the final climb.  This stage will test us all mentally as we have to cross the finish line at Swan’s Bridge to continue on the final leg to complete the challenge.

This is going to be one heck of an adventure and to share it with Cherry, Amanada and Judith is pretty amazing. This is going to be a journey like no other – it’s going to be truly Epic and the memories are going to last a lifetime (after the pain fades away lol)

To finish the final stage on Binevenagh is completing the final piece of my Ella Mor journey so far.  For me Binevenagh has a spirit that ignited my soul in 2020 which has taken me on an incredible journey so far and I can’t wait to see where it leads me from here.

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