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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our next walk on Thursday, 11th May will be to Lumford’s Glen and Knockmany Forest Park following the route we did last year, to see the bluebells in the beech woods. The walk is about 3 hours plus stopping time for a picnic. David and I walked it yesterday and the bluebells were at their best. We hope they are still in full flower next week. Meet at the usual time and place at he Palace car park Armagh. If anyone wants to go straight to Knockmany, travel to Augher and take the road at the crossroads signed to Knockmary 3 1/2 miles. We will meet in the car park up the lane to the foresters hut accessed sharp right from The crossroads. We have spoken to Suitors Gallery about teas and coffees after the walk.
Our next walk will be on Thursday, April 27th. Declan will lead us over Divis and Black Mountain overlooking Belfast. This is a lovely scenic walk along good clean paths so that our boots will be nice and dry for travelling to Cork the next day.
Our next walk on Thursday, April 13th will be in the Cooley mountains in Co. Louth. These hills are for the most part lower and gentler than the Mournes but can be wet in places. Walking poles strongly recommended, boots necessary. To get to the start we go onto the Newry by-pass towards Dublin and come off at the sign for Ravensdale. After a few hundred metres we turn right. We drive for a few miles to the Lumpers pub on the left. There is a small hill just before it so don’t go too fast. We hope to drive in convoy so hopefully these instructions won’t be necessary.
Our next walk will be on Thursday 16th March. In Kilbroney Forest Park, Rostrevor. The weather looks a bit iffy towards the end of the week. We will have a good long walk on forest tracks to the back of Slieve Martin and then if the weather is suitable we will leave the forest and come back across the mountain.Food and drink are available in the café. Our walk should last about 4 hours.
Our next walk will be on Thursday, March 2nd and will be led by Deirdre and David. It will be to Favour Royal and St Patricks chair and will last about 3.5 hours. There are muddy patches so boots and sticks are necessary. Salleys in Aughnacloy is the most convenient place to stop on our way home. We can vote before or, (not and), after the walk