Tollymore Forest Park Part 2

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Approaching the entrance and the Barbican Gate, from 1780.

 

I spent most of my day in Tollymore Forest Park along the River Trail, and I have a lot left to explore on future visits hopefully.  I did pass through some other parts of the park on my way in and out however, including many intersting structures.  In the short October days, it was fairly dark as I arrived and left, and I definitely got the best light while in the forest, but hopefully this selection will give an idea of some of the sights to be seen outside the wooded area.

 

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Inside the park, looking back at the Barbican Gate.

 

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The car was parked up now, and I was ready to start walking, stopping for this wide view towards the obelisk and the Mournes.

 

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A handy pointer to some of the surrounding landscape features.

 

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Approaching Horn Bridge, built around 1780.

 

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On the way out of the park again, later in the day, and the best of the light had passed, darkness was approaching, but I took a few shots anyway.

 

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On the path back up towards Horn Bridge.

 

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Back at Horn Bridge.

 

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The Lion’s Mouth Fountain, dating from 1810.

 

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Intricate detail on the Lion’s Mouth Fountain.

 

Back in the car, as I made my way towards the exit, I made another stop for a remarkable building.  The Clanbrassil Barn, (yes – a barn!), was built in 1757, and although it was always intended to be a barn, it was deliberately built to look like a church.  It continued to be used as a stable and storehouse right up to 1971.  Must be one of the most elaborate barns ever built!

 

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View of the Clanbrassil Barn from the rear.

 

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The front end of the Clanbrassil Barn, with the Mournes in the distance.  I was pleased to get a last glimmer of light to bring out some of the Autumn colour before I left.

 

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Leaving via the attractive Bryansford Gate, built in 1786.

 

 

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