Clermont Wall Walk

Clermont Wall WalkThe bluebells were looking fabulous on the scout of our, Clermont Wall Walk, last week, hopefully they will still be looking glorious next Sunday 14th of May, when we will have 2 groups out following the boundary walls of the old Clermont Estate.

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The former Clermont Estate House, Ravensdale.

B Group Walk: will be a fast paced walk of around 7.8 miles with a height gain of 516 m, taking around 4 hours. From their parking spot they will walk along forest trails to the Black Gates. Then they cut through the native woods, (which hopefully will still be full of bluebells), and climb along the Park boundary wall up to Ben Rock, this is a good 40 minute stiff climb. Then they head North to Clermont Cairn. From there, their route takes them to the road, then they will walk the boundary between Clermont and the Forest Park, emerging at the cattle grid entrance from Edentubber. Once more they follow the boundary wall ending up looking down on the Carrickdale Hotel. From there they traverse broken ground, before picking up the trails to a deep, beautiful gully and from there back to their cars.

C Group Walk: will also be around 4 hours, but will take a slightly different route at a slower pace. New walkers are very welcome to join our C Group, you will need walking boots, a waterproof jacket and a packed lunch. Expect to be out for 4+ hours, and whilst some parts of the walk will be on paths, parts will be on open hillside on rough terrain. We meet at the Gap O’ the North, Pub Jonesborough, at 10 am, for registration and walk’s briefing.

Members please note, membership is now due for the year running, 1st of April 2017 to 31st of March 2018. Cost remains  £20 or 25 euros, please pick up a form at registration and return with your payment asap.




Poet’s Trail Walk

Ballykeel Dolmen

We are helping out with a walk happening this Saturday, 22nd of April, in our very own stunning Ring of Gullion. Whilst not our usual type of walk… (as this 8 mile walk is on roads and lane ways), it takes a loop around the foothills of Mullaghbawn and follows in the footsteps of poet, Art Bennett. We’ll stop off at the Ballykeel Dolmen, Belmont Barracks, the Whipping Lane and listen to the poetry of the South Armagh poets.

The complete Poet’s trail is made up of 3 sections: The Urney Loop, the O’ Neill Loop and the Ballykeel Loop. In total around 22 miles through the stunning South Armagh countryside.

Each of the 3 Loop Walks follow in the footsteps of one or more of the great Celtic Bards, ranging over 200+ years from the birth of the first, Mc Alinden in 1666, to the death of the last, Art Bennett in 1879.  On Saturday we will complete the 8 miles of the Ballykeel Loop.

There are places still available, if interested check out the information given and register with the Ring of Gullion at the hyperlink below.

Poet’s Trail



Remember we have no walk this Sunday, as it is Easter Sunday. Instead for members we have a walk on Easter Monday, details of which members should have received by email, if you haven’t drop an email or message and I’ll forward the details to you.

On Saturday 29th of April, we are away for our Dublin Skyline walk, so we won’t have a Sunday walk that weekend either.

Our next Sunday walk therefore is Sunday 14th of May and it is a local walk, our “Clermont Wall Walk” more details will be posted closer to the time.

Happy Easter Everyone



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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.

Blue Cross Walk

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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”.