This weekend, Saturday, 23rd of June, we are travelling to Antrim and to the “Queen of the Glens”, Glenariff were our walk will begin. In total we will walk for around 4 hours, covering around 10 kms and climbing around 400 m. The first section will be the steepest, but that won’t matter as we will be taking in the spectacular views, along the Glenariff waterfalls . Once onto the open moorland on top Lurig Mountain, we should have panoramic views across the Glens and coast and if we are lucky with the weather, across to Scotland!
We are leaving Jonesborough by bus at 9 am, we are aiming to be walking shortly after 11.00 and back into Cushendall before 4 pm. A BBQ is organised for 5 pm, music is lined up in Mc Collum’s Pub between 6 and 7 pm and the bus will be leaving for home between 7.30/8 pm, we should be arriving back at “The Gap” around 10 pm. So another action packed, fun filled day, for only £30!!!
All walkers must have walking boots and a waterproof jacket, bring a packed lunch. Midges may be a problem so you might like to bring some midge spray along.
For more information about The Glens of Antrim check out the link below…
This Sunday, 10th of June we are staying local and walking in the Forkhill area on Croslieve. Great views of the area and lots of geological and historical interest, with: a glacial erratic, Jackson’s Folly, Glendesha Mass Rock and old cottages!
If you’d like to join us, we meet at 10 am in the Gap O’ the North Pub, Jonesborough, for a walks/safety briefing and to car pool. All walkers must have walking boots, a waterproof jacket and a packed lunch. Your first walk with us is free, thereafter membership is £20 or 25 Euros for the year.
Members please note this will be your last chance to get your name down for our Glens of Antrim Walk on Saturday 23rd of June, our walk will take us from Glenariff Waterfalls up onto Lurig mountain and into Cushendall. The price is £30 which includes, bus, BBQ and music in the pub afterwards! The bus is filled on a first come, first served basis with only payment in full securing a seat, with a limited number of places still available, you wouldn’t want to miss out!
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 SilentValley 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.