Helen's Bay Beach - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties

Paddy and Plunkett’s Seaside Adventure!

Paddy on the Rocks - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
Autumn may be in full swing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a day by the sea! And this isn’t any old seaside – Paddy and Plunkett took a day trip to my childhood stomping grounds, where I spent many happy hours (at all times of the year) clambering over the stones and poking around in rock pools. Come and see for yourself!

Our tour starts at the local railway station. Getting here from Belfast only takes about half an hour, and then it’s just a short walk to the beach!
Plunkett at Helen's Bay Station - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
Helen's Bay Beach - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
Plunkett’s certainly enjoying the view!
Plunkett at the Beach - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
The next stop if you carry on along the coast is Crawfordsburn Country Park. Formerly a private house and grounds, the park is now open to the public year-round, and is great for walking, cycling and picnics! It’s also home to all kinds of wildlife, since it contains a variety of different habitats – you’ll find seashore, woodlands and meadows here. Paddy and Plunkett bumped into a couple of the local residents at the Countryside Centre when they dropped in for a quick cup of tea!
Paddy and Plunkett meet a Friendly Fox - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesPaddy Hugs a Hedgehog - YEOWCH! H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties

Since it was such a lovely sunny day (we’ve really been enjoying some very un-Irish weather these last few weeks), the boys decided to carry on walking. There’s a coastal route that takes you all the way around to Bangor, a seaside town which was a popular local holiday destination back in the day. Of course, there’s a proper human-sized path you can use to get there, but the lads thought it would be more fun to take the scenic route…
Paddy and Plunkett Take the Scenic Route - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
Much later (they do only have little short legs, after all) they arrived at journey’s end! They resisted the urge to set sail on one of the swan boats at Pickie Fun Park…
Plunkett Considers a Voyage by Swan Boat - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
… But they were really kicking themselves when they found out that
they could have done part of their travelling on the Beastie-sized Pickie Puffer train!
Paddy, Missing the Train - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
Oh well, at least they still had time to enjoy the walled garden at Bangor Castle before they had to head for home!
Plunkett at the Walled Garden - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesPlunkett in the Flowerbeds at Bangor Castle - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties

All in all, a great day out! Where was your favourite childhood haunt?