The first phase of the new Devenish pathway “The Wide Awake Way”, a 5km looped pathway in the Devenish area. The pathway is being delivered as part of the Lough Erne Landscape Partnership scheme in partnership with Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and Devenish Partnership Forum and supported through funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Sport NI and Ulster Wildlife.
Fermanagh and Omagh District Council Chair, Cllr Erol Thompson opened the pathway with representatives from the funders, LELP Programme Board and Devenish Partnership Forum. Catherine Scott, Development Officer – Learning & Access Museum Services, Fermanagh & Omagh District Council provided those in attendance with a guided wake along the pathway explaining the heritage of the pathway.
The path follows the riverbank and is steeped in both natural and built heritage reflecting the rich history and biodiversity of Enniskillen. The Wide Awake Way is called after the Wide Awake cargo boat, once a frequent sight on the shores of the pathway in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Owned by a local shopkeeper Jack Lemon the boat travelled the waterways of Lough Erne carrying cargo to the island town. Unfortunately the cargo boat sank in the Back Lough, Cornagrade with a heavy cargo and due to its weight could not be lifted from the Lough. The boat is still in the Back Lough and you may even be able to spot the mast in the Lough whilst walking the pathway.
Phase 1 has now been complete leading from Enniskillen Health centre to the Devenish Nature Reserve. The pathway offers visitors the opportunity to walk along the beautiful shoreline and take in the many markers along the way that provide information on the heritage of the area. Heritage walking guides are also available and can be obtained from the LELP office or Enniskillen Townhall.
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