Pierce’s Castle

Pierce’s Castle

We are walking in the Mournes this Sunday, 17th of February, taking in Pierce’s Castle an outcrop of granite overlooking the Rocky Water valley with spectacular views out over Hilltown and beyond.

We will have 2 walks, a B and a C, varying in pace and distance. New walkers are very welcome, but must walk with our C Group for their first walk with us.

All walkers should meet at the Gap o’the North at 10 am for registration and a walks/safety briefing. Walkers must have walking boots and a waterproof jacket, we would also recommend walking poles and gaiters. Bring a packed lunch. Both Walks will be around 4/4.5 hours on open hillside, (remember to allow travel time of approx 1 hour to and from our walks’ starting points).

Members please note …A.G.M takes place on Sunday, 3rd of March following our walk on that day and is open to all fully paid up members.

Membership will be up for renewal on that date, cost remains at £20 or 25 Euro. 

Slieve Gullion

Slieve Gullion
A mill stone on the shore of the Cailleach Beara’s Lake, Slieve Gullion

Join us this Sunday, 3rd Of February when we will have 2 Groups out taking different routes to the Cailleach Beara’s Lake and the North Cairn on Slieve Gullion.

Walk information is as follows:

B Group Walk: is an initial steep climb involving a scramble over rough and wet terrain following a stone ditch to the summit. B walkers note this is not our usual “Famine Wall route” but a route we have not taken before…

C Group Walk: will take the route known locally as ” Up the Wire”, which will lead directly to the Cailleach Beara’s lake. This is also across rough and wet ground.

Both groups will cross the summit from the lake, to the remains of the North Cairn and descend following first the Ballard track and then cutting across the bog by our own self styled “kesh” back to the cars. Both groups will be out for 3.5/4 hours, walking around 9 km, climbing around 450 m.

All walkers should meet at the Gap O’ the North Pub, Jonesborough, at 10 am for a safety briefing and registration. New walkers are always welcome but must walk with our C Group for their first walk. Walkers all need : walking boots, a waterproof jacket and a packed lunch. We recommend walking poles and gaiters.

To find out were the lake on the summit gets its name follow the link below:



Camlough Mountain

Camlough Mountain
View down onto Camlough Lake.

Tomorrow, Sunday 20th of January we will have a one Group walk on Camlough Mountain. With some of the best views in the Ring of Gullion, we will be taking a new route onto the mountain from the village itself. If you fancy joining us you will need walking boots, a waterproof jacket and a packed lunch. We will be on the road for the first mile or so, but then it’s onto open hillside, we’ll cross over the mountain towards the Keggal side and then loop back around the lower slopes back to our starting point. We will be out for around 3.5 hours, the weather is looking promising, but it will be colder on the hillside so layer up, bring hats, gloves an extra fleece and remember no jeans!

For those interested …The rock that makes up Camlough Mountain, Slieve Gullion and the other hills in the Ring of Gullion, is called granodiorite. It forms from the cooling, deep underground, of molten magma. However unlike the rocks that make up Slieve Gullion and the Ring of Gullion in general, the granodiorites of Camlough Mountain are around 410 million years old, making it much older! For more information check out the link below:


Meet at Gap O’ the North Pub Jonesborough, at 10 am for registration and a safety briefing.

Albert Basin/Flagstaff Walk

Albert Basin/Flagstaff Walk

A New Walk for the New Year, this Sunday, 6th of January we will be following the new Newry- Greenway from the town to Victoria Lock before taking to the hills above Fathom.

For those who don’t know the history of Newry Canal, construction began around 1730 and took almost eleven years to complete at a cost of £1,000,000 (around £19 billion in today’s money!) It was undoubtedly a great piece of engineering and resulted in Newry becoming one of the most important ports in Ireland during the eighteenth century, beginning three miles south of Newry it runs parallel to the Newry – Omeath road, and it is this section that we will be following on Sunday. Northwards it continues for another 18 miles to the upper Bann River.

In 1750 the Albert Basin at Newry and Victoria Lock were completed. The lock is 205 ft by 50 ft. With the exception of the iron sheeted outer gates installed in the 1930’s, it has changed little since it was completed to Sir John Rennie’s design. Carlingford limestone was used for the walls and the original gates had English oak frames. Intrigued???

If you are intrigued and would like to see for yourself why not come along and join us? We meet at the Gap O’ the North Pub, Jonesborough at 10 am for registration, before car pooling and driving to our starting point. You will need walking boots, a waterproof jacket and a packed lunch. Whilst this walk starts out on the flat, please note there is a steep pull up into the hills at Fathom, so a reasonable level of fitness is needed, you can check out our website FAQ Page for more information on fitness and kit recommended.



Festive Family Ramble

Festive Family Ramble

All at the Gap O’ the North Hill Walking Club would  like to take this opportunity to wish our Members and friends a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas and Best Wishes for an active 2019. 

We would like to extend a welcome to everyone to come join us on Friday, 28th of December for our Annual Festive Family Ramble. This is open to Members, their family and friends as well as Non -members. So if you’re tired of the festivities and want to stretch your legs come along and join us, registration is from 11.30 am at the Gap O’ the North Pub, Jonesborough we will be setting out at 12 noon and will be out for 3/3.5 hours.

 Our route is a leisurely 10 km walk on forest trails and roads. But please note it is not suitable for pushchairs or very young children and no dogs allowed. Children must be accompanied by an adult whose responsibility they remain. 

Bring a packed lunch and a waterproof jacket, comfortable footwear a necessity!!

If you’re very good Santa himself might join us in the forest for some mulled wine/ hot chocolate before he returns to the North Pole for some well deserved rest.

Afterwards we’re all back to the Gap for a bite to eat and entertainment, with a magician for the kids around 4 pm and music for the grown ups.

No cover charge, raffle tickets and an honesty bucket on the day to cover costs, so come join us for some festive fitness and fun!