We’ve two groups out walking this Sunday, 2nd of April both in the Rostrevor area. We will meet at the Gap O’ the North Pub, Jonesboro at 10 am. Following a walks’ briefing and the distribution of our Safety and Group equipment we will car pool and drive to Kilbroney where both Groups will start their walks.
New walkers are very welcome to join our C Group, our lowest level Group for their first walk with us. Only experienced walkers who have walked with us before can join our B Group. Both Groups will be out 4/4.5 hours and will have steep climbs. Expect to be on open hillside with rough uneven ground in places. All walkers must have walking boots, a waterproof jacket and a packed lunch.
Membership is now due, £20 or 25 euros.
It’s been awhile since we have been at the Blue Cross, but our next walk on Sunday 19th of March will take us in that direction. We will have two groups out in the same general area, with variations in distance and pace. If you’d like to join us meet as the Gap O’ the North Pub, Jonesborough, at 10 am. All walkers must have walking boots, a waterproof jacket, bring a packed lunch. Expect to be out for around 4 hours on open countryside.
Our AGM will follow the walk and is open to all fully paid up members. Membership is up 31st of March, and forms for renewal or for new members will be available on the first walk in April, Sunday 2nd April. Membership remains at £20 or €25.
Anyone wishing to join us on our Dublin Skyline walk on Saturday 29th of April, the cost is £20 which includes the bus and food in Taylor’s Three Rock Inn, at the end of the walk. This must be paid Sunday if you have not already done so. The walk is around 12 km mostly on good tracks and takes in splendid views of both Dublin City and the Wicklow Mountains. A few places are still available, but will be filled on a “first come, first served basis”.
Our walk this Sunday, 5th 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 75 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 £20 deposit, for the upcoming Dublin Skyline walk, scheduled for Saturday 29th of April, bus will be filled on a first come first served basis.
This Sunday, 22th January, our walk takes in 4 Townlands on the North Eastern slopes of Slieve Gullion. It leaves one Landlord’s residence, Chambre’s and shortly afterwards crosses into a neighbouring Landlord’s grounds where looking down we’ll see Bell’s castle. The opulence of this strata of society, in total contrast to the many abandoned tenant farmers’ houses that we will pass later on in the walk.
The walk continues on an ancient winding pathway through a magical broad leaved forest before cutting out onto mountain loanans eventually onto the open mountain proper. Here we will have a look at the remnants of Booley sites, a long forgotten way of agricultural subsistence that followed the seasons. The faint remains of lazy beds can be seen high on these mountain slopes.
If the weather is kind, we’ll be having lunch with fantastic views overlooking the Northern end of the Ring of Gullion valley. We’ll eventually cut back crossing the bog by “a kesh” and home by the “march” wall that marks the boundary between mountain and cultivated land.
This will be a one Group walk, roughly 8 km in length with a height gain of around 333 m, expect to be out for around 3.5 hours. Conditions are very wet and muddy in places, leaving conditions slippery underfoot. Proper mountain walking boots with a deep tread sole will be insisted on.
Meet at the Gap O’ the North Pub, Jonesborough for registration and coffee at 10 am we will drive the short distance to our starting point.
Newcomers are very welcome, boots and a waterproof jacket are a must, bring a packed lunch.
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 2017.
We would like to extend a welcome to everyone to come join us on Wednesday 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 4 pm and then Kevin Kearney playing from 8 pm 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!