Annaloughlin Loop Walk

Annaloughlin Loop Walk

Our walk this Sunday, 18th of March will take us past the site of the worst WW2 air crash, in terms of loss of life, on Irish soil. 15 of the 19 Allied Air-force crew on board perished. It occurred on the 16th of March 1942, when an American-built B24 bomber on its way from North Africa, to Dorset, England, crashed on Annaloughan in the Cooley Mountains, due to bad weather conditions. 
Not all of the bodies were repatriated for burial, the Australians and the New Zealander on board were buried in Belfast City Cemetery and two of the Canadians were interred in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newry. 

If you are interested in joining us, on this poignant walk and visit the site almost 76 years to the day after the event, then meet us at the Gap O’ the North Pub, Jonesborough at 10 am on Sunday. We will have 2 Groups out, with variations in pace and distance. All walkers must have walking boots and a waterproof jacket, bring a packed lunch. Expect to be out on open hillside for 4/4+ hours and in possibly cold and wet conditions, so wrap up well, layers are best, no jeans.

Members please note I will be taking 30 Euro deposit, for the upcoming Boyne Valley Walk, scheduled for Saturday 28th of April, bus will be filled on a first come first served basis.

Thanks Paula

Slieve Gullion Walk

Our next walk is on Sunday, 21st of January when we will be taking a new route on an old favourite… Slieve Gullion.

We will take in Killeavy Old Churches, St. Monninna’s or Bline’s  Well and then after a bit of a pull up onto the summit, the North Cairn and the Calliagh Berra’s Lake, before descending by “the wire” and back to the cars.

It will be a 4+ hours walk, and on rough open hillside, all walkers will need as a minimum, walking boots and a waterproof jacket. Expect rough, boggy terrain so gaiters and walking poles are recommended. Remember it will be considerably colder at the summit so layer up and don’t forget gloves and a hat.

Meet at the Gap O’ the North Pub,  Jonesborough at 10 am, car pooling will be a necessity as there is limited parking at our starting point. Bring a packed lunch.

We will be in 2 Groups, routes are similar but pace will greatly differ. New walkers are very welcome to join us, but must walk with our C Group for their first walk. Check out our FAQ page on our website, for information about fitness, kit etc.

http://gaponorth.co.uk/faqs/

For more information about Killeavy Old Churches and St. Moninna check out the Ring of Gullion website at the link  below.

https://www.ringofgullion.org/archaeology/killeavy-old-churches/

New Year Resolutions!

New Year Resolutions!

The evenings are lengthening and the mornings brightening so it’s time to get serious with that New Year resolution about getting fit, or fitter and join our motley crew!

To get you started you could try out our first walk of the New Year this Sunday, 7th of January, it is a local Ring of Gullion Walk, Sugar Loaf Mountain, one we haven’t done in a couple of years. We meet at 10 am in the Gap O’ the North Pub, Jonesboro’ for registration and a safety briefing. Your first walk with us is free, then if you wish to join, membership is £20 or 25 euros for the year with membership running from the first of April to the end of March. 

Here are a few pointers to get you started…

Fitness- As a baseline if you can walk from the Courtyard Car Park, to the Cairn at the top of Slieve Gullion and back within 3 hours you could comfortably walk with our C Group. So if you’re more “couch potato” than “super athlete” you will have to put in some personal effort to attain the necessary level of fitness before walking with our B or C Groups.

Kit- From the outset get used to carrying a rucksack. We recommend one with a waist strap as this helps distribute the weight on your hips rather than pulling on your shoulders and back. You should be carrying: a personal 1st aid kit with the basics- plasters, blister patches, headache tablets etc., a whistle and head torch, a dry layer of warm clothing, and at all times of the year, even Summer, a hat and gloves. In addition always carry food, a hot drink and water, it takes only the slightest mishap to turn a gentle 3-4 hour walk into a mammoth 6-8 hour hike!

The following are non-negotiable:

Boots- deep tread walking boots, these protect and support the ankles from sprains and breaks

Jacket– a proper outdoors water/wind proof jacket- all jackets designed for outdoor activities carry a rating for precipitation, anything with a rating over 10,000 is the ideal.

Clothing– layers of clothing is best, avoid cotton and denim as they get wet and stay wet. Most outdoors wear is made with quick drying properties.

Optional Extras:

Walking poles– poles take the pressure of the knees, the most common problem for avid hill walkers is bad knees!

Gaiters- these clip onto your boots and cover the lower leg, thus keeping feet and trouser bottoms dry when you are crossing streams or as invariably happens, step into a bog hole!

Our leaders and members are always happy to share their experience and advise new walkers on fitness and equipment, alternatively check out the F.A.Q. section of our website-www.gaponorth.co.uk for more information. Good luck with the training regime and we look forward to welcoming you on one of our Walks!

 

Come join us for a Festive Family Ramble on

Thursday  28th of December

(Registration from 11.30 am )

All are welcome

So get your Santa Boots and Christmas Hat and join us for some festive fitness and fun,

Then back to the Gap for entertainment

From afternoon to late at night!! 

(Bring a packed lunch and waterproof jacket)

You’d never know who you might meet,

Ho, Ho, Ho!!!!!

Doan Walk

Doan Walk

Why not join us this Sunday 10th of December, for the last but spectacular hill walk of  2017. We’ll meet at the Gap o’ the North Pub at 10 am and after a cuppa and a walk’s briefing we’ll share cars to Ott Car Park near Spelga, in the Mournes.

From there we’ll trek via Lough Shannagh to the summit of Doan 594 m right in the heart of the Mournes. From there your views of the rest of the peaks, Silent Valley and the eastern coast will be fabulous, providing the mists don’t flow in too much. Even they do, it will only add a bit of mystery!
After lunch at the summit ‘restaurant’ we’ll ramble back through the gap between Slieve Loughshannagh and Meelbeg. You’ll discover a new and interesting route downstream to Fofanny Reservoir. A short return to the cars should see us depart for the Gap o’ the North by 3 pm.

All walkers will need walking boots, a waterproof jacket and a packed lunch. It is likely to be very cold, so be sure to have a spare layer in the rucksack. We will be keeping an eye on the forecast for the Mournes, over the next few days and if the weather is likely to make the journey unsafe or difficult to drive, we may choose to walk closer to home probably in the Ravensdale area. Our man in the Mournes, Louis will do a recce Sunday morning and let us know what road conditions prevail and a decision will be made when we meet Sunday morning.

Keep the date, Thursday 28th of December…for our Annual Family Christmas Walk, setting off from the Gap at 12 noon.