The world famous author C.S Lewis, who wrote, `The Chronicles of Narnia’ was inspired by the Mourne landscape. He wrote “it made me feel that at any moment a giant might raise its head over the next ridge”. On our next hill walk, this Sunday 27th May, we might spot a giant among the inspiring rocks on the summit of Slieve Binnian the 3rd highest peak in Northern Ireland.
Our B and C groups, respectively led by Aidan and Peter, will walk at different paces and return along different routes. After a short bus trip, both groups will climb to the unique rock shapes and view spectacular scenery including Silent Valley and Crom reservoirs, most of the central Mournes and much of the north-eastern coast and the Isle of Man.
The walks will be about 4-5 hours duration starting and returning to Carrick Little car park on the head road near Annalong. If we get away from the ‘Gap’ sharply by 10.30am we should be back there between 5-6 pm. Dry sunny weather is forecast so wear sun cream and a hat and bring sufficient water and food for the whole day as well as the standard walking gear. A walk not to be missed!!!
Our walk this Sunday, 13th of May is a local one, taking in Feede and Faughil Mountains. We will be leaving the Gap O’ the North, Jonesborough on foot. Meet at 10 am, for a safety briefing. All walkers will need walking boots, a waterproof jacket and a packed lunch. This walk will be on rough ground and a degree of scrambling will be required. Conditions are expected to be very wet underfoot, so gaiters are recommended. It will be a one group walk lasting around 3/3.5 hours.
The next walk is Binnian on Sunday, 27th of May, we are organising a bus at a cost of £7/head, this will be filled on a first come first served, and only payment in full secures a place. There will be 2 Groups walking on the day.
Saturday 23rd of June is the date of our Away Trip to the Glens of Antrim, a super walk is planned, followed by music and a BBQ, cost including bus transport, £30/head, now taking bookings!!!
October weekend Away trip is to the Galtees, taking depositis of 50 Euro/head.
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.
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.
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.