Some days, my hiking plans just work out. It’s very rare, but it does happen. This was not one of those days, but I had a great time nonetheless. The Humber Valley Heritage Trail is a great place to explore for a quick jaunt or a full day.
This is the portion of the Humber valley Heritage Trail that I ended up completing on this trip. (Click the map to see the rest of the trail). There is some lovely roadside parking on Castlederg Side Road, to enter the trail both north and south.
I took the north route, but this is a picture of Sully at the south route, just to confuse you.
This is trailhead at the north route of the Humber Valley Heritage Trail – the one that I did complete today!
It’s starts off with a bit of a drop and a little bridge to cross over – one of many.
You can still see the old bridge to east as you cross.
The paths are wide and relatively easy going at this point. And dry. It doesn’t stay like that for too long.
I guess it’s not too bad on the north side, to be honest. It’s the south side that was drowned out and turned me back.
A lot of work goes in to the maintenance along the Humber Valley Heritage Trail. There are many man made features to help you get up and over some more difficult areas.
And some markers, in case you have an idea of where they are counting from. I don’t. That’s why I count for myself. Just past this post is an old foundation and fireplace. I don’t think the fireplace is standing of its own accord. It looks like the branches have taken hold of the bricks.
The north end of this piece of the Humber Valley Heritage Trail closes in a bit. It does get a bit wetter here as well. My lens got a little speckled. But then you’re up at Duffy’s Lane and it’s time to turn around. Then you get to do it all over again on the way back!
I tried to take the south route but I didn’t get very far in to it. The trail was flooded out at the first bend and I didn’t wear my waterproof boots. That’s a trail for another day – maybe a frozen day. But those yellow flowers sure are pretty!
187m elevation gain