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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Thursday, 19th April Declan will lead our next walk up Cave Hill in Belfast. Very good paths and views when we get to the top. There is a good choice of refreshments in Belfast Castle at the finish of our walk.
Our next walk will be held this coming Thursday, April 5th, and will be led by Deirdre in Rossmore Forest Park outside Monaghan. Deirdre is a mine of information on the history of Rossmore so we can expect a good workout for our legs and our minds.
Our other walk, on Thursday, 19th April will be over Cavehill, Belfast and will be led by Declan Moane. Declan usually unearths some interesting facts about his walks. I will remind you about the Cavehill walk nearer to the time.
Some of you may have walks that you would be interested in leading. Walk dates up to our summer break are May 3rd,17th and 31st, June 14th and 28th.
Our walk next Thursday 22nd March will be in Kilbroney Forest Park and will last about 3 /3.5 hrs. We had hoped to have a hill walk but the conditions underfoot at present are very poor. We hope for an improvement in the weather but if there is none we will just have to get our boots muddy. If any of you are interested in leading a walk we would like to hear from you.