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Laminated Guide Maps are provided for guests use.
5 Different walks have been mapped for Magheramore Courtyard and surrounding areas.

Wetland Lane
Guests are free to wander along the farm's own private laneway - the wetland lane. It is appropriately named because of the many natural springs rising in the farmland along both sides. Evidence of environmentally friendly hedge planting will be experienced along the lower reaches before rising to the heather moorland. The gravel lane starts at a level of 400 feet rising to the summit of over 1000 feet giving excellent viewing opportunities along the way. What the occasional stroller will be unaware of is the immense amount of history along their way. The 'wetland' was once home to many families and their memory still survives. Six cottages were once occupied - some have disappeared, the wallsteads remain in three and the most recent one is still intact. Today we still remember some fields as 'Jane's ground', 'Tam's hill' and 'Boughin's hill'. The foundations of Magheramore AOH (Ancient Order of Hibernians) have been just recently covered over. In its heyday the local membership had a flute band and at least twice a year enthralled the neighbourhood with their airs. Perhaps the most famous inhabitants who lived up the lane were the Murphy family. Being a family of little means they were allowed by our ancestors to graze their cow along the grassy ditches in the early part of the last century. In search of a better life the family moved to Ballymena in County Antrim where one of the children, Paddy, became a well known businessman with respect throughout the community to the extent that he was elected the first Catholic Mayor of Ballymena in 1947.
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