Slieve Martin

This Sunday, 15th of April our Leaders, Adrian and Aidan are leading  walks on Slieve Martin, Kilbroney. They have scouted routes giving both a  B and C Group walk. Both Groups will be out for around 4 hrs, C Group will walk around 8/9 km the B Group 12.5 km with significant difference in pace between the two Groups.

Depending on the routes Leaders decide upon on the day, if the weather holds up no matter what the route the scenes will be stunning!

As always walking boots, a waterproof jacket and a packed lunch are essential. Expect it to be several degrees colder on top, so layers are advisable and carry an extra layer of clothing in your rucksack.

We will be driving to Kilbroney, C Group will park in the upper car park, B Group in the bottom one, car pooling will be organised on Sunday morning, so please could everyone be punctual, so that we can get this organised. Meet at the Gap O’ the North Pub, Jonesborough for 10 am. New walkers are always welcome but must walk with our C Group for their first walk.

Members please note membership is now due, it remains at £20 OR 25 Euros for the year. New members are very welcome.

If you are interested in joining us on our planned Boyne Valley Walk on Saturday 28th of April, the cost is 30 Euros and must be paid asap, there are still a few places available but they are filling up fast and only money paid in full secures your place. Check previous post for details.

Easter Monday Walk

Easter Monday Walk

A view of Anglesey Mountain which we will be climbing Easter Monday, 2nd of April, if you fancy joining us we will meet at The Gap O’ the North Pub, Jonesborough at 10 am. We will set off on foot to our starting point, behind the Carrickdale Hotel. The walk will take us to the summit of Anglesey where we will have spectacular views of Carlingford Lough. We will descend through Ravensdale Forest before coming out onto the road again at the Carrickdale. It will be a one Group walk of around 4 hours. It is mostly on good trails but there are one or two wet places! You will need walking boots, a waterproof jacket and a packed lunch.

Members please remember Membership is now due and I am taking deposits for our October Away Trip and our Boyne Valley Walk.

Thanks Paula

 

Boyne Valley Walk

Boyne Valley Walk

Sadly for the first time ever we have cancelled 2 consecutive walks due to weather conditions, we hope that Spring has finally arrived and we are back to hill walking… however there are changes to our normal routines for a number of walks as follows.

Easter Weekend Walk: Our next walk was due to fall on Easter Sunday, so as always when this happens, we are walking on the Easter Monday instead, Monday 2nd of April, more details of the route to follow but we will meet in the usual place, Gap O’ The North Pub, Jonesborough, at the usual time 10 am.

Knockshee Walk: Sunday 15th of April, we will be walking Knockshee, Kilbroney. For this walk we will meet at 10 am at the Gap as usual.

Boyne Valley Walk : On the subsequent walking weekend, we have an Away Trip organised, to the Boyne Valley, so we will be walking on Saturday 28th of April instead of the Sunday of that weekend.

Places are available if you would like to join us, details are: leaving Jonesborough by bus around 9.30 am, travelling to Oldbridge, where we have an hour’s long, guided tour of Oldbridge House, followed by a 4 hour walk (approx) lead by one of our own Gap leaders, then we adjourn to The Glyde Inn, Annagasson for drinks and a bite to eat, we will leave for home around 8 pm.

Cost is 30 euros, which includes bus, tour of Oldbridge and choice from a prearranged set menu in the Glyde Inn. The walk is predominately on the flat, with options for the less experienced walker to drop back and enjoy the gardens and coffee shop at Oldbridge House whilst others take the longer option. If you are interested payment must be made in full, before the day and bus will be filled on “a first come, first served” basis. 

The usual conditions for walking with us apply, you will need walking boots and a waterproof jacket. Bring a drink and a packed lunch. If interested get in touch with us through our email or send us a message through our Facebook page.

Members please note: Membership is now due: it remains at £20 or 25 Euros. 

Annaloughlin Loop Walk

Annaloughlin Loop Walk

Our walk this Sunday, 18th of March will take us past the site of the worst WW2 air crash, in terms of loss of life, on Irish soil. 15 of the 19 Allied Air-force crew on board perished. It occurred on the 16th of March 1942, when an American-built B24 bomber on its way from North Africa, to Dorset, England, crashed on Annaloughan in the Cooley Mountains, due to bad weather conditions. 
Not all of the bodies were repatriated for burial, the Australians and the New Zealander on board were buried in Belfast City Cemetery and two of the Canadians were interred in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newry. 

If you are interested in joining us, on this poignant walk and visit the site almost 76 years to the day after the event, then meet us at the Gap O’ the North Pub, Jonesborough at 10 am on Sunday. We will have 2 Groups out, with variations in pace and distance. All walkers must have walking boots and a waterproof jacket, bring a packed lunch. Expect to be out on open hillside for 4/4+ hours and in possibly cold and wet conditions, so wrap up well, layers are best, no jeans.

Members please note I will be taking 30 Euro deposit, for the upcoming Boyne Valley Walk, scheduled for Saturday 28th of April, bus will be filled on a first come first served basis.

Thanks Paula

Slieve Gullion Walk

Our next walk is on Sunday, 21st of January when we will be taking a new route on an old favourite… Slieve Gullion.

We will take in Killeavy Old Churches, St. Monninna’s or Bline’s  Well and then after a bit of a pull up onto the summit, the North Cairn and the Calliagh Berra’s Lake, before descending by “the wire” and back to the cars.

It will be a 4+ hours walk, and on rough open hillside, all walkers will need as a minimum, walking boots and a waterproof jacket. Expect rough, boggy terrain so gaiters and walking poles are recommended. Remember it will be considerably colder at the summit so layer up and don’t forget gloves and a hat.

Meet at the Gap O’ the North Pub,  Jonesborough at 10 am, car pooling will be a necessity as there is limited parking at our starting point. Bring a packed lunch.

We will be in 2 Groups, routes are similar but pace will greatly differ. New walkers are very welcome to join us, but must walk with our C Group for their first walk. Check out our FAQ page on our website, for information about fitness, kit etc.

http://gaponorth.co.uk/faqs/

For more information about Killeavy Old Churches and St. Moninna check out the Ring of Gullion website at the link  below.

https://www.ringofgullion.org/archaeology/killeavy-old-churches/