Ravensdale Ridges

Ravensdale Ridges

Don’t worry about walking interfering with your viewing of the All Ireland Final this Sunday, 2nd of September, we are staying local so that we are back in plenty of time for kick-off! This week we take to the Ravensdale Ridges with a mix of forest trails and open hillside you will be guaranteed spectacular views both back towards the Ring of Gullion and out over Dundalk Bay.

We meet in the Gap O’ the North Pub, Jonesborough at 10 am for registration and walk/safety briefings before we head off to our starting point… just down the road. All walkers must have walking boots and a water/windproof jacket, bring a packed lunch and expect to be out for 3+ hours.

A reminder to everyone travelling to the Galtees on our Away Trip this October all outstanding money must be paid in full this Sunday.

Away Trip 2018

Away Trip 2018
Top of Galtymore, at 919 m the 14th highest peak in Ireland and the highest peak of both Counties Tipperary and Limerick, one of the Irish Munros!!

This year we are off to the Galtees, 12-14th of October for our now legendary, “Annual Away Trip”! Our scouting teams have been down Tipperary way and the routes for both an amazing B and C walk  finalised, with Galtymore the highest inland peak at 919 m, the pinnacle of both walks!

Briefly our B’s will walk the Galty Horseshoe, starting on the Northern side of the Range, taking in Cush (639 m), Galtybeg (799m), then Galtymore (919 m) before descending by Slievecushnabinnia (766m).  Our C’s will start on the Southern side taking a track called the Black Road, leading to the coll between Galtybeg and Galtymore, from there they will climb Galtymore, cross the top and take the same descent route via Slievecushnabinnia as our B Group. Both are long strenuous walks, around 5/5+ hours, but will end as always in a local pub for a well deserved pint and a bit of craic!

Please note, we are nearly at full capacity on this trip… even before we have advertised… so anyone intending to walk with us and not already on our list with their deposit paid, would need to get in touch asap! Cost is 200 Euros, which includes: bus to and from Tipperary, (and to and from walk starting/ending points), 2 nights B+B, 2 evening meals in the Cahir House Hotel, and a packed lunch for the walk. Places are filled on a “first come, first served basis” and only payment in full secures a place. All money must be paid in full by mid September.

Please note anyone intending to walk on this trip, must be out walking with us in the lead up to the trip away.  Our walks over August/September are purposefully planned to be more challenging walks to prepare everyone for the event ahead.

Thanks Paula

Summer Social Walk

Last year’s Summer outing, when we took the Carlingford Ferry across from Greencastle and walked from Greenore to Lily’s!

A reminder to everyone, that this weekend we are walking Saturday, (4th of August) and not Sunday. This is our Summer Social Event ending at Lily Finnegan’s Pub, Whitestown. The walk is a 15 km track starting in Ravensdale, taking the forest trails across Moneycrockroe, descending into the valley on the other side where we pick up the road for 2/3 km before reaching Glenmore, Barnavave and the deserted famine village. From there we will take the Mass trails into Grange, where our bus will be waiting to transport everyone on wards to Lily Finnegan’s for a BBQ and evening of craic.  The walk will be in and around 4 hours, all walkers must have walking boots, a water/wind proof jacket and a packed lunch.

Cost is £20 which includes bus to and from starting/finishing points and BBQ. Bus will leave Gap O’ the North Pub, Jonesborough at 11.30 sharp and will return to Jonesborough around 8 pm. Anyone interested please message and drop money off as places are filling up quickly!

Thanks Paula

Summer Social Walk

Our “Summer Social Event 2018” takes place on Saturday 4th of August, with a walk and get together in Lily Finnegan’s Pub, Whitestown.

The walk will be around 3.5/4 hours, starting in Ravensdale and taking the forest trails across Moneycrockroe, before descending into the valley on the other side and picking up the road for 2/3 km then reaching, Glenmore, Barnavave and the deserted famine village pictured above. From there we will follow the Mass trails into Grange, where our bus will be waiting to transport us onwards to Lily Finnegan’s, for a BBQ and an evening of craic!

If you’re interested cost is £20/person which includes, bus to and from our base at the Gap O’ the North, Jonesborough and BBQ in Lily’s.  Meeting at the Gap O’ the North Pub, Jonesborough at 11.30, bus transfer to the starting point and leaving Lily’s around 7.30 pm for return to The Gap O’ the North, Jonesborough.

Check out the pictures on our Facebook page showing last year’s trip or go to Lily’s Facebook Page or website at the link: http://www.lilyfinnegans.com/ 

Names and money now being collected, please bring along to this Sunday’s, Long Woman’s Grave Walk. Only payment in full secures a place and the bus will be filled on “a first come, first served basis!

Thanks Paula

Long Woman’s Grave

Long Woman’s Grave

Our walks this Sunday, 22 of July, will start from the Long Woman’s Grave in the nearby Cooley Mountains. The story of the Long Woman makes interesting reading…

The Long Woman’s Grave is the grave of a Spanish noble woman who married Lorcan O’Hanlon, youngest son of the Chieftain of Omeath.  Lorcan owned a ship and on one of his voyages to Spain, he bravely saved the lives of a Spanish nobleman and his daughter. Lorcan was enchanted by the daughter Cauthleen, falling in love with the 7 ft beauty. Wooed by his professions of love and the promises of the “good life” in his kingdom in Omeath, the pair eloped and traveled back to Omeath. Lorcan eager to show his bride his kingdom, took her along the mountain path until they came to the Lug or Hollow in the rocks. Lorcan bade his bride to stand in the centre and look around as far as she could see as he “Was Lord of all she could survey”.

Cauthleen looked around, so great was her disappointment by what she saw that she fell to the ground and died. Lorcan, it is said, was horrified and flung himself into the murky waters of the marsh. His body was never recovered. The locals found the long woman’s body, and dug a grave for Cauthleen in the “Lug Bhan Fada” (Long woman’s hollow) where she lay.

All walkers to meet at the Gap O’ the North Pub Jonesborough for 10 am, for a walks’ briefing and carpooling. We would like to remind all walkers that we strictly adhere to a “Leave no Trace Policy”, taking nothing but photographs leaving nothing but footsteps. Further information can be found on our website page www.gapothenorth.co.uk.

The forecast is giving a warm but cloudy day, but it will be cooler in the hills, so please ensure you have a water/wind proof jacket. All walkers must be wearing walking boots, walking poles are recommended but not essential, bring a packed lunch.

We will have 2 Groups out, B Group our higher level, will take in Foxes’ Rock, Ravens’ Rock, the Split Rock, and on to Slieve Foye, before returning along the northern slope of Carlingford Mountain and tracing their steps back to the starting point. This route will be around 4.5 hours.

C Group will take in a different route from the same starting point, heading towards Carnawaddy and the mast at Black Mount, they will return by the Cadger’s Pad the  pathway used by the herring girls carrying their baskets from Omeath to the market in Dundalk.

New walkers are always welcome, for their first walk they must walk with our C Group, our slower paced group.