April 8, 2019 Update: I plan to begin my peace walk on Wednesday April 10 at 9:00 a.m. from Belfast City Hall. My outward march will follow the following streets:
Donegal Pl., Royal Ave., Clifton St., Crumlin Road, A55, Lionel Road, Ballyhill Road, Lylehill Road, Ballyutoag Road (A52), to B39 and onwards to Antrim. This is an approximate route the 1969 People’s Democracy marchers may have followed out of Belfast. I will make adjustments as I go along to stay true to the original route as much as possible.
Beginning the march on April 10 is significant because it is the 21st Anniversary of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement which ended decades of hostilities and ushered in the peace that remains today. The 114 kilometer (70 mile) walk will cover two Ulster counties between Belfast and Derry, County Antrim and County Londonderry. Between Belfast and Derry I will pass through the following townships.
Day 1: Belfast City Hall to Antrim
Day 2: Antrim to the greater Maghera area via Randalstown, Toome, Bellaghy, and Gulladuff.
Day 3: Maghera to Feeny via Dungiven
Day 4: Feeny to Claudy
Day 5: Claudy to Derry via Altnagelvin