Gap Christmas Message

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 2020.

We would like to extend a welcome to everyone to come join us on Saturday 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 3.30pm and the McCollum Brothers playing in the back bar at around 4pm. Music until late.

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!

Walls of Clermont

This Sunday, 22nd December we are walking in the beautiful Ravensdale area following the old walls of the Clermont estate.  As 2 Groups B and a C, we will walk up Clermont Wall, to Ben Rock and by the Mast. Heading over Anglesey to take in sky views of all the areas we walk in (Cooley’s, Ring of Gullion & Mournes). This walk will take approximately 3.5hrs and is muddy in places so please remember your wet gear and gators.

If you would like to join us we meet at 10 am at the Gap O’ the North Pub Jonesborough, you will need walking boots and a waterproof jacket, gaiters and walking poles are optional. Bring a packed lunch. Expect to be out for 4/4.5 hours.

 ☃️Reminder of the Christmas walk on the 28th of December all is welcome 🎄

Walk Sunday 8th Dec….Surprise!!

Surprise!!! You are just going to have to turn up to see whats happening on this week walk!
But it’s a new walk. Its one group. And some emergency services! 🤔😯😮. And a few other wee surprises 💝.  It’s very highly recommend as many of our walkers attend this walk, it’s a great opportunity for us to learn something new and to observe some life saving scenarios and will be great fun.

Expect to be out around 3.5/4hr near  Ravensdale, you must make sure to have enough warm clothes – hat, gloves, extra layers, as we will be standing for a short period.

All walkers should meet at the Gap o’the North Pub at 10am for registration and a walks/safety briefing.
🚩All walkers must have walking boots, a waterproof jacket &hat.
🚩Bring a packed lunch.
🚩Sticks are highly advisable for this walk, and every walk.
🚩Enjoy!

They build it, we walk it!

Next hike Sunday 24th we will be heading for Slieve Gullion, C will be heading up the Famine Wall. B will possibly take a route close to Killeavy Castle.  Both groups will summit Gullion then the Southern Cairn, over to Calliagh Berra’s Lake, the Northern Cairn and the King’s Table.  Check out the scouting pictures of the Kings’ Table and the new path from the submit to the lake, this is a delight to walk on as in recent years it has become extremely difficult to cross. Expect to be out 3.5 – 4 hours walking mostly on thick heather so take the sticks and put the garters in the bag.

Check out the video of building the new path on top of Slieve Gullion to the lake.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-49933753

All walkers should meet at the Gap o’the North Pub at 10am for registration and a walks/safety briefing, we will have a quick cuppa then arrange car pool.

🚩All walkers must have walking boots, a waterproof jacket &hat.

🚩Bring a packed lunch.

🚩Sticks are highly advisable for this walk, and every walk.

🚩All walkers are welcome back to the pub for some stew, Enjoy!

 

New walkers are very welcome to come along, a basic level of fitness is all that is needed, (a rough guide is if you can walk from the Courtyard car park to the top of Slieve Gullion and down again in around 3 hours you are fit for our lowest level group, the C Group).

Check out the FAQ section of our website for further information.

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

Sunday 10th Spelga Hike

Can’t wait for the weekend some very mystical pictures from the scouting at the weekend.

Next Sunday we will walk a new and relatively easier route around Spelga. We will explore the hills to the north – Spelga, Spatha, Craigdoo, Butter mountain and Slievenamuck. If the weather is clear expect great views of the Mourns and Down.  And as always if there is a bit of rain we still have mad craic! The walk will be 3hr+ with not much climbing but stick and garters recommended.

All walkers should meet at the Gap o’the North Pub at 10am for registration and a walks/safety briefing.

🚩All walkers must have walking boots, a waterproof jacket &hat.

🚩Bring a packed lunch.

🚩Sticks are highly advisable for this walk, and every walk.

🚩Enjoy!