Sunday 10th Spelga Hike

Can’t wait for the weekend some very mystical pictures from the scouting at the weekend.

Next Sunday we will walk a new and relatively easier route around Spelga. We will explore the hills to the north – Spelga, Spatha, Craigdoo, Butter mountain and Slievenamuck. If the weather is clear expect great views of the Mourns and Down.  And as always if there is a bit of rain we still have mad craic! The walk will be 3hr+ with not much climbing but stick and garters recommended.

All walkers should meet at the Gap o’the North Pub at 10am for registration and a walks/safety briefing.

🚩All walkers must have walking boots, a waterproof jacket &hat.

🚩Bring a packed lunch.

🚩Sticks are highly advisable for this walk, and every walk.

🚩Enjoy!

Sunday 10th Spelga Hike

 

Can’t wait for the weekend some very mystical pictures from the scouting at the weekend.

Next Sunday we will walk a new and relatively easier route around Spelga. We will explore the hills to the north – Spelga, Spatha, Craigdoo, Butter mountain and Slievenamuck. If the weather is clear expect great views of the Mourns and Down.  And as always if there is a bit of rain we still have mad craic! The walk will be 3hr+ with not much climbing but stick and garters recommended.

All walkers should meet at the Gap o’the North Pub at 10am for registration and a walks/safety briefing.

🚩All walkers must have walking boots, a waterproof jacket &hat.

🚩Bring a packed lunch.

🚩Sticks are highly advisable for this walk, and every walk.

🚩Enjoy!

New walkers are very welcome to come along, a basic level of fitness is all that is needed, (a rough guide is if you can walk from the Courtyard car park to the top of Slieve Gullion and down again in around 3 hours you are fit for our lowest level group, the C Group).

Check out the FAQ section of our website www.gaponorth.co.uk for further information.

 

Wicklow Trip 11th-13th October 2019

It’s that time again our annual trip away!! Friday 11th to Sunday 13th to Glendalough Wicklow. Friday 11th bus will departing from Gap O’North Pub at 3pm…. We need to beat the traffic so if you are not there we will be leaving without you!! All those who are going will receive details in an email.  Parking is restricted, please park in field at back of pub or church car park.

There will be no Sunday walk from the Gap this weekend, our next walk will be Sunday 27th Oct Cooley/Blue Cross.

Kitting Yourself Out

Clothing

  • Deep threaded ankle supporting boots (a must)
  • A heavy pair of socks
  • Trousers that are made from a material that will dry out quickly (not jeans0
  • Gaiters are great for keeping the bottom of your trousers dry and keeping  vegetation out of your boots.
  • On top you should build up on layers, so you can put on or take off an needed.
  • A base layer should be made from breathable material, the next layer should be a type of fleece, then a waterproof coat on top (a windcheater or plastic mac is not good enough)
  • A hat to keep your head warm.
  • Good to  have a pair of water resistant gloves (not woollen)

What To Take With Your On A Walk

  • A rucksack, you should line this with a heavy plastic bag.
  • You should at the very least carry a spare base layer (stored in the liner to keep dry).
  • Your should also be able to  carry your coat, hat and gloves in the liner.
  • Liquids should be packed outside the liner ad should be easily accessible.
  • Everyone must carry a packed lunch.
  • It is recommended that all walkers carry a stick to aid balance.

 

Four Further information visit www.gaponorth.co.uk  There are some very useful Do’s and Don’ts and the kitting yourself out page.

 

The Brandy Pad

Our next walk Sunday 29th September, we will have the privilege of hiking an old smuggling path, “The Brandy Pad” through the mountains of Mourne.  Brandy as well as tea, coffee, tobacco, soap and wine were all loaded onto pack ponies which then trekked from Bloody Bridge River, through the Mournes to their destination in Hilltown.  We will be following in the footsteps of the smugglers on this linear route. Bus will leave us at Trassey Track, we will head to Hare’s Gap picking up the Brandy pad to Bloody Bridge.  B’s will do similar route but also covering Slieve Commedagh.  Walk will be aprox. 3.5 hrs.  Please note that there is a lengthy road distance between the starting and finishing points, the bus will not be available to drop people back to the starting point. The bus is £7 and will leave promptly from the Gap at 10.15.  Its recommend to do this walk to keep the fitness up for our Wicklow trip! There only a few places left for Wicklow if you want to go contact the club.

The amazing pic is of Hare’s Gap.

🚩All walkers must have walking boots, a waterproof jacket &hat.
🚩Bring a packed lunch.
🚩Sticks are highly advisable for this walk, and every walk.
🚩All new walkers are welcome but must walk the first walk with C’s.😉

Killeavy Walk

Killeavy Walk

The ruins of a homestead on the slopes of Slieve Gullion, one of many we will pass on our walk this Sunday, 1st of September. Following a new route, we will take in St Moninna’s Well, Killeavy Old Church, the Northern Cairn and the lake, on a 8+km looped walk.

Interested in joining us ? You will need walking boots, a water proof jacket and a packed lunch, expect to be out for around 4 hours, we will be walking on paths, tracks and open hillside and in places it will be boggy underfoot… we’re not sure that even a prayer to St Moninna will keep the feet dry… so we would strongly recommend gaiters.

Meet at the Gap O’ the North Pub, Jonesborough, at 10 am, we ask everyone to be on time, it’s All Ireland Day and we want to be back in plenty of time for “Kick Off”… we will car pool, as parking is limited at our starting point.

A reminder to all members: we are taking payment in full, this Sunday, for our Annual Away Trip, which takes place on the weekend of  11/13th of October. This year we are heading to Wicklow. Places are limited and filling up fast, so if you don’t want to miss out be there with your payment this Sunday!!!