Greer’s Quay is the starting point for our B Group on this Sunday’s Walk, 9th of December. The Quay was commissioned by Robert Walker Greer, a local landowner, in the 1840’s to help develop Carlingford Lough’s fishing industry. He also built the nearby Ballyoonan House- (later St. Michael’s College and then the Tain Holiday village) -which is situated on 14 acres on the shores of Carlingford Lough.
Our C Group will be starting at another well known Omeath landmark St. Jude’s Shrine.
Both groups will be taking in looped walks on Slieve Foye. New comers are very welcome to join us, as always we meet at the Gap O’ the North at 10 am. We’ll carpool and drive the short distance to Omeath. Walkers must have walking boots and a waterproof jacket, whilst Sunday’s looking to be the best day of the weekend it is always colder on the hills, so it’s advisable to wear layers and bring a hat and gloves. We will be out for around 4 hours so bring a packed lunch.
This is the last Sunday walk of the year, our next walk will be a Family Christmas Walk on Friday 28th of December. More information will be posted closer to the time.
This Sunday, 25th of November we are walking in the Ravensdale area following the old walls of the Clermont estate. We will have a B and a C Group out, a rough outline of both walks is given below.
B Group Walk: will be a faster paced walk of around 7.8 miles with a height gain of 516 m, taking around 4 hours. From Ravensdale car park we will walk along forest trails rising steadily to the Park boundary wall up to Ben Rock. This is a good 40 minute stiff climb. Then we head North to Clermont Cairn. From there, our route takes us to the road. We will walk the boundary between Clermont and the Forest Park, crossing the border at the Clontygora road cattle grid.
Once more we will follow the boundary wall and cross a stile to pick up the trails to a deep, beautiful gully and from there back to our cars.
With clear weather we will see great views of the Cooley Mountains, Dundalk Bay and possibly Dublin Mountains. Carlingford Lough, the Mournes and the Ring of Gullion should also be seen.
C Group Walk: will also be around 4 hours, but will take a slightly different route at a slower pace.
New walkers are very welcome to join our C Group, you will need walking boots, a waterproof jacket and a packed lunch. Expect to be out for 4+ hours, and whilst some parts of the walk will be on paths, parts will be on open hillside on rough terrain.
Gaiters and walking sticks recommended as well as the essential boots and suitable hill walking clothing.
We meet at the Gap O’ the North, Pub Jonesborough, at 10 am, for registration and walk’s briefing.
Spectacular views in store for our walkers this Sunday, 11th of November when we travel to the Mournes and take on the 3 Slieves: Loughshannagh, Meelbeg and Meelmore. Both walks are 4+ hours and both routes guarantee great views and the forecast is looking promising for Sunday!!!
Meet at the Gap O’ the North, Jonesborough for 10 am, we will be leaving promptly at 10.15. As always we will be car pooling, but please note Groups are starting from different points.
All walkers must have a waterproof jacket, walking boots and a packed lunch. As it’s always colder on the hills, (even if the sun is shining), please layer up and bring a hat and gloves.
We head to the Galtees in Co Tipperary this weekend for our Annual Away Trip… and a popular trip it has turned out to be, with around 65 heading off!
Our B Group walk is a strenuous, horseshoe, looped walk starting and finishing in the Glen of Aherlow. It takes in 4 peaks: Cush, Galtymore, Galtybeg and Cushnabinnia. C Group will start on the opposite side of the range and climb Galtymore via the Black’s Road route and descend also into the Glen of Aherlow. Both groups will meet up in Moroney’s Pub of Lisvernane to swap stories and partake of a well deserved drink or two.
The forecast over the next few days is stormy but we are hopeful it will have blown over by Saturday morning. The Committee will make a call on the planned routes if the storm tracks more slowly, alternative routes offering greater shelter may be taken.
Walkers are reminded to pack plenty of layers of clothing, waterproofs and gaiters, both routes are likely to be slippery and muddy in places.
Bus leaving from the Gap at 2.15 pm Friday, we won’t be waiting on anyone!!!