Our Annual Away Trip takes place next weekend, 13-15th of October. We will be travelling to Co. Mayo to climb Croagh Patrick, at 762m above sea level the 3rd highest mountain in Mayo after Mweelrea and Nephin.
Croagh Patrick’s history as a place of worship reaches back in time as far as 3,000 BC. The mountain’s popularity among religious pilgrims dates to the time of St. Patrick, who is said to have completed a forty-day Lenten ritual of fasting and penance here. Legend also has it that Croagh Patrick is the mount from which he banished snakes from Ireland forever! But Croagh Patrick was also a place of tremendous importance in the pre-Christian era, as indicated by the discovery of a Celtic hill fort encircling the summit of the mountain.
All those travelling with us the bus is leaving from The Gap, Jonesborough at 2 pm on Friday. Be sure to pack your walking boots, a waterproof jacket, and walking poles, in addition bring an extra fleece, hat and gloves in your rucksack. Remember only those who regularly walk with us can climb Croagh Patrick with us on Saturday. Despite it’s being a popular pilgrim route, conditions underfoot are not great, loose shale and a well eroded path make this a walk not to be undertaken lightly.
Our next walk is Sunday 1st of October, when we will be staying local and walking on Anglesey Mountain, in the fabulous Cooleys/Ring of Gullion area.
We will have 2 groups out, following a similar route but with variations in pace and distance. New walkers are always welcome to come along and join us, you will need walking boots, a water proof jacket and a packed lunch…a sense of humour is always useful!
We meet at the Gap O’ the North Pub, Jonesborough at 10 am for a cup of tea/coffee whilst registration, information on our routes and a safety briefing are dealt with. As a group we have purchased and carry items of equipment such as: 1st aid kits, shelter tents, foil blankets/ mats… even a defib…all in the unlikely event of a member of our group having a mishap. These items are distributed amongst walkers and collected back by the leaders at the end of a walk.
We walk in all weathers, as the photo below shows…. this was our Group Leaders scouting Anglesey for a walk in January 2013, check out the album on our Facebook page
Just a month to go until our Away Trip 2017… our Away Trips are the high light of our walking year and are legendary for not only the walking but also the craic !!! This year we are heading to Co. Mayo, taking the pilgrim trail to the summit of Croagh Patrick, which rises a majestic 762 m above sea level, and over looks the beautiful Clew Bay.
The dates are Friday 13th of October until Sunday 15th. Price is 200 euro which includes: bus, 2 nights B+B, evening meals on the Friday and Saturday as well as a packed lunch for our walk on the Saturday. This will be our second visit to Westport, as our very first Away Trip 6 years ago was spent here.
Our trip is open to all members and their partners, but only those who walk regularly with us and have been out on our more recent walks are allowed to walk…but in the beautiful setting of Westport there will be plenty for non walkers to do.
All members are reminded that final payment is due this week.
We are in the Mournes this Sunday, 3rd of Septmeber. The Spelga Skyline Walk is one of the toughest we do taking in 6 peaks and covering around 12 km. We will have 2 Groups out a B and C both groups will be following the same route but B Group will be at a much quicker pace.
All walkers should meet at the Gap O’ the North Pub Jonesboro’ at 10 am for registration. We will be driving and parking at Spelga Dam. All walkers must have a waterproof jacket, walking boots and a packed lunch. We would not recommend this walk for beginners.
This year on the weekend of 13th-15th of October we have our Annual Away Trip, this year we are heading to Croagh Patrick, over looking Clew Bay in Co. Mayo. The tradition of pilgrimage to this holy mountain stretches back over 5,000 years from the Stone Age to the present day without interruption. Its religious significance dates back to the time of the pagans, when people are thought to have gathered here to celebrate the beginning of harvest season. It is one of the highest peaks in the West of Ireland, rising just over 750 metres (2,500 feet) into the sky above County Mayo. There are just a couple of places still remaining…so any member thinking of making the trip would need to get their names down and money paid asap!
Watch out for information about our “Night Walk”on Saturday 28th of October, ending back in the Gap for a bit of a Hooley with a ghostly theme!!