‘Step out on the Strand’ - Guardian

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A DANDER along Portstewart Strand has been voted as one of the best of British Family Walks, according to the Guardian newspaper.

In a recently published guide of the top 100 walks, Portstewart Strand was described as “a meandering, looping route along a stretch of County Derry’s fabled northern coastline.

“Walk first through age-old dunes, generously dusted with tufts of pale green grasses, then down to the soft terrain of the Bann estuary, where the path follows the river’s edge and returns to the wide, golden beach. Sand dunes, being sand dunes, can be quite heavy going while you’re on them. Good boots and strong legs will help, but buggies and wheelchairs are impossible.

“Why it’s special

“The 6,000-year-old dune ecosystem is teeming with wildlife, certain to delight any child with a keen eye and a gentle step. There are rabbits to be spotted nibbling at the marram grass, and a multicoloured carpet of bird’s-foot trefoil, wild pansy and thyme.”