Category Archives: Walking

Where to walk

Walking Group – Granite Trail

Our next walk will be this coming Thursday, February 22nd. We will be walking The Granite Trail on the lower slopes of the Mournes. We have walked this route once before and walked variations of it twice but I think it is worth doing again as it is a lovely easy walk. The walk starts in Donard Park Newcastle and after the Granite Trail we follow an easy track along the mountain and easy forest tracks back to our cars. After this walk we should all know the difference between a Bogie and a Slipe, knowledge which could help us some day in a Pub Quiz.

Walking Group – Rooskey Loop

Carol and Ita will lead the walk next Thursday, January 25th. This will be the Rooskey Loop, an easy walk of 7km along minor roads laneways and tracks lasting 2 to 2.5 hours and not to be confused with The Roosley Loop, a much longer and more strenuous walk in the Mournes. Our walk will begin and end in the church car park in Grange ,near Carlingford We will need boots and walking sticks if we have them. We wont be passing any pubs or cafes so we need to carry our snacks and drinks. We will stop for refreshments in the village ruins at the foot of Barnavave and weather permitting there will be the option {FOR THOSE WHO WISH ) to do the half hour walk to the top of Barnavave and back.

Walking Group – Barnave

Our next walk, weather permitting, on this coming Thursday, November 30th, will be a loop walk around Barnave. We start and finish on good quiet roads in Carlingford. The remainder of the walk will be on tracks, some rough and mucky, so boots and sticks are strongly advised. If the weather is good and not very windy we will have our break at the highest point, if not we will continue to the remains of the old (famine ?) village that some of you will know. The walk will last about 3 hours.

Walking Group – Annaloughan Loop

Our walk next Thursday, November 2nd, will be The Annaloughan Loop. We did this route about 2 yrs ago. The walk starts near Fitzpatricks bar and restaurant on the Dundalk – Greenore road. Most of the walk is on good forest tracks and takes about 3 hrs. Part of the walk is on boggy and mucky ground. Boots and sticks are helpful here and if you have gaiters they are useful in keeping your trousers clean. After the walk we can have soup in Fitzpatricks after having a look at their Halloween exhibition.

Walking Group – Donard Park.

Our next walk is due on Thursday, October 19th. Because of the forecasts I can’t be certain of the conditions by Thursday. We hope to start in Donard Park, Newcastle and do an anticlockwise walk through Donard Wood to the top of the Granite Trail. We will then walk down the granite trail or continue our loop back to Donard Park. Walking poles and boots are necessary.

Walking Group – Dates through to December 2017

Our remaining walks up to Christmas are on October 19th, November 2nd.,16th. and 30th and December 14th. Take a note of these dates and if there is a walk you would be interested in leading or, indeed a walk you would like to be led on, just let me know. To justify the drive , walks should be over 2 miles. You might have noticed that we don’t have a walk on October 5th. We will be coming back from our short break in Donegal on that day.

Walking Group – Kilbroney Forest

Our next walk, the last one until after the summer, will be on this coming Thursday, July 6th. We will walk in Kilbroney Forest Park, Rostrevor. The walk will last for 2 to 3 hours. We will be on good forest tracks all the time so boots or trainers will do.

Walking Group – Mournes

Our next walk,led by Stephen and Margaret, is on Thursday, June 8th,leaving at the usual time from our usual assembly point. This is a lovely walk with magnificent scenery all around.

Blue Lough and Percy Bysshe Hill. Stephen and Margaret.

An opportunity to walk in the Mournes without significant climbing.
The track is quite rough so boots are recommended.
Nice cottage cafe at Carrick Little car park.

Walking Group – Bangor to Holywood

Our next walk, from Bangor to Holywood, will be on this coming Thursday, May 25th. We won’t assemble in Armagh but will all make our own way to Portadown to catch the 9.15 train to Bangor, arriving about 10.45. We will then walk to Hollywood, have something to eat/drink and take the train back to Portadown.