Category Archives: Walking

Where to walk

Walking Group – Doan

The walk for Thursday November 8th will be Doan. After meeting at the Palace we park at the Ott/Blue Quary car park, cross the road, over a stile and up a stony track. Then up a muddy slope to another stony track overlooking Lough Shannagh. Then take a steepish track to summit of Doan. It is wet and muddy in places so definitely recommend poles and boots. Also quite an exposed walk so wrap up well!

It will be approx 3hrs and Peter and Carloine will lead us.

Walking Group – Silent Valley

Our next walk will be on Thursday 25th October. Declan will lead us in the silent valley. We will walk to the Ben Crum Dam. This will give those who missed this same walk earlier in the summer to enjoy the beautiful scenery and to marvel at the skill of the engineers who planned it and the men who built it. There is an entrance fee of £4.50/car and a cafe where we can get coffee etc.

Walking Group – Newry Greenway

Our walk on 11th October, weather permitting, will explore the Greenway from Victoria lock to Newry, taking a peep at the maritime history associated with the ship canal. Meet at usual time 9.30 at the palace car park. Bring a few Euros in care we fall into a hostelry!

Walking Group – Pierce’s Castle

Our next walk will be this coming Thursday, September, 27th. Leaving at usual time. We will start from Leitrim Lodge car park in the Mournes and walk to Pierces Castle and back. The route will be decided accorded to the weather on the day and will last from 3 to 4 hours. Boots necessary and walking poles recommended.

Walking Group

Welcome back to our walking season. Our first walk will give us a gentle walk to start the season. Carol will lead us around Craigavon lakes. You can wear either trainers or boots and the walk should last about two hours.

As usual, we will assemble in the palace playground car park and leave at nine thirty. We would like some new walk leaders to add a bit of variety to our walks. If you have a favourite walk which will last two hours or more we would be delighted to include it. It can be on country lanes, river or forest tracks or mountains.

Our dates from now to Christmas are September 13, and 27th, October 11th and 25th, November 8th and 22nd and December 6th and 20th.

If you are willing to lead a walk just let me know date and venue and I will slot you into calendar.

Walking Group – Ben Crom Reservoir

The next U3A walk is this Thursday 28th June. As this is the last walk before the summer break it will be a gentle affair to be enjoyed. The walk is a linear walk from Silent Valley to Ben Crom Reservoir and back again. The terrain is gravel path and gradual incline outwards . There is no climbing involved other than when we get to Ben Crom Dam where we climb 260 stone steps to the top of the dam . This bit is optional, but highly recommended, as its not every day that you can stand on the top of a dam. There are amenities which include toilets / cafe / visitor centre. I am sure that we would want to pause at the memorial to the men who died during the construction of the dam, so that Belfast could have its water.
Estimated walk time is 2.5 hours. I will meet drivers at the usual place on the hard shoulder just as you exit Hilltown. It is about 10 miles from Hilltown to the Silent Valley.
There is an entrance fee to Silent Valley of £4.50 per car. And the weather looks pretty good as well.

Walking Group – Leitrim Lodge

Carol and Ita will lead our walk next Thursday, May 31st. The walk will begin at Leitrim Lodge car park and proceed over Tievedockarragh and Pierces Castle all on good paths and good dry slopes over the mountains. The walk should last about 3.5 hours and boots and walking poles are recommended.

Walking Group – Lumford Glen and Knockmany Forest

Mark, Rowena Bailey and Deirdre will lead a bluebell walk in Lumford Glen and Knockmany forest next Thursday (17th). We hope the bluebells will still be at their best. We plan to keep within the forest park for the walk and cut out the long walk along the road to the far side of the Forest. Afterwards we hope to stop at Souter’s cafe for some coffee and scones.
Meet as usual 9.30 am at the palace car park. Small picnic for the top of the hill. Time about 2 1/2 hours walking.