The Anonymous Widower

A Circular Walk In Derry

In Derry, I took the following circular walking route.

  • I crossed the double-deck bridge Craigavon Bridge, that is South of the station.
  • I  walked along the Western bank of the River Foyle, stopping  at the SFoyleside hopping Centre to pick up a sandwich.
  • I crossed the Peace Bridge.
  • I walked back to the station on the Eastern bank of the River Foyle.

If it had been a bit warmer, I would have probably spent more time on an explore.

But after taking these pictures, a warm train beckoned.

I shall return in the summer sun!

November 29, 2017 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

A Train Trip From Belfast To Derry

Note that I use Derry in the title of this post. This is nothing to do with politics, but just practicality, as it is shorter.

I don’t like towns and cities with dual names, as it makes things difficult for visitors. I wrote about it in Bilingual Signs.

I took these pictures on the way.

The trip along the Belfast to Derry Line is a good one and the train was comfortable.

The line is being improved, with plans including.

  • An improved station at Derry.
  • Faster line speeds.
  • Removal of single track sections of the line.
  • A possible station at Eglinton Airport.

In my view, the route needs an increased train frequency of perhaps two trains per hour.

Just looking at the population of Derry City as a few thousand over a hundred thousand, it would appear to need at least this frequency.

November 29, 2017 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Belfast – A City Of Water And Bridges

I took these pictures as I walked from my hotel in the Titantic Quarter to Belfast City Centre to get some supper.

It wasn’t a difficult walk, although it was rather cold.

I ended up having a very enjoyable gluten-free supper in Made in Belfast, which is close to the City Hall.

November 28, 2017 Posted by | Food, Transport | , , | 1 Comment

Arrival In Belfast

These pictures sum up my arrival in Belfast at George Best Belfast City Airport.

After landing I walked to Sydenham station, from where I took one stop on a train to Titantic Quarter station from where I took a fifteen minute walk to my hotel.

It is not the best walk from the Airport to the rail station and there is a courtesy shuttle bus. Judging by the very few people on the walking route, I suspect most passengers through the Airport, use car or taxi.

One thing that is very noticeable from these pictures is that the two giant cranes; Samson and Goliath, from the Harland and Wolff site are constantly visible.

November 28, 2017 Posted by | Transport | , | Leave a comment