Category Archives: Walking

Where to walk

Walking Group – May walks

Our walk on Thursday next (3rd May) will be to Jenkins Lake which is close to the Crocknagrally walk we have previously visited ( Haunted house ).  The walk takes about 2 1/2 hours and is mainly on forest tracks.  Mark and Rowena Bailey know this area well and report that there is only one patch close to a lake that can be boggy and so boots are preferable.  They will also have their dog with them as this area has no livestock and is suitable for dogs if anyone else is interested.
As the season is so late we imagine that the bluebells in Knockmany are not out yet, so the next walk on 17th May will be to Knockmany and Lumford Glen when we hope they will be in full flower.  That takes about 3 hours if we take the road around to the back of the glen.
Picnics needed for both walks and meet in the usual place at 9.30 am.

Walking Group – Cave Hill

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.

Walking Group – April walks

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.

Walking Group – Kilbroney Park

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.

Walking Group – Castlewellan Forest Park

Weather permitting, our next walk will be this coming Thursday, March 8th. Carol will lead our walk in Castlewellan Forest Park. Recently, the weather has been, to say the least, changeable so an e-mail will be sent on Wednesday to either confirm or cancel our 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.