Our walk this Sunday, 1st December sees us staying local, in the Ravensdale area. We will have 2 groups out a B and C, both walks will be 4/4.5 hours and routes will vary with the B Group taking in a few extra climbs!!
There is plenty of history along the way as groups follow routes taking them from Callan’s sawmill, to Ben’s Rock, then along the Cadger’s Pad to Clermont Cairn and finally B Group will stop off at Cairnawaddy, (translated as cairn of the dog and reputedly the burial place of Cuchulainn’s faithful hound Bran).
We can’t guarantee the same weather as when this picture was taken at Cairnwaddy on one of our past Family Summer walks!
The Cadger’s Pad according to local tradition is the route taken by the herring girls of Omeath who carried creels of herrings on their back over the mountain to meet fishmongers from Dundalk at Ravensdale.
As usual we meet at 10 am in the Gap pub Jonesboro’ for tea/coffee, to organise car pooling and meet with our walks leaders for a safety/route briefing. It is Club policy that all walkers are properly kitted out with deep tread walking boots and a water proof jacket as a minimum, walking poles and gaiters are always recommended. Bring a packed lunch, hot drink and water. It is advisable to carry an extra fleece/layer of clothing.
In line with Club Policy all new walkers or those returning to walk with us after an absence must walk with the C Group. We hope to see all those who joined us for their first time on our Forkhill walk back this Sunday, if for nothing else but for the delicious bowl of stew which always awaits our return to the Gap !!