Annaloughan Walk Sun 1st March

Our walk this Sunday, 1th 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 then meet us at the Gap O’ the North Pub, Jonesborough at 10 am on Sunday. We will have 2 Groups out both taking in the peaks of Annaloughan and the fantastic view over Dundalk bay. All walkers must have walking boots and a waterproof jacket, bring a packed lunch. Expect to be out on open hillside for 4 hours and in very cold and challenging conditions, so wrap up well, be sure to take an extra layer or two, and take the sticks.  As always looking forward to the challenge!

Mournes Walk Sun 16th Feb.

Hi!  anyone not booked on the bus tomorrow will not be able to go as the bus is full 😀. Due to the high winds we will be staying lower down than normal. But expect equally beautiful views ⛰⛰⛰.  See you at 10am Gap o’the North Pub Jonesborough.

This is a good time to remind everybody of what you must have to walk with our club.

It will most likely still be very windy and cold so you must have the following gear:

 Must Have

  • Fully water proof and breathable coat
  • Warm layers of clothing (no cotton)
  • Proper Mountain boots with a good deep tread
  • Suitable walking trousers, definitely no jeans.
  • Warm Hat
  • Gloves or Mits
  • Extra layers of warm clothing , fleece for example in your bag
  • Lunch and a flask of hot drink.
  • Bottle of water
  • Rucksack to carry it all in with either individual dry bags or a big plastic bag liner inside keeping everything dry. Highly Recommended
  • Gaiters and Walking sticks strongly recommended.
  • Water proof and wind proof over trousers strongly recommended
  • Buff
  • A sit-mat, for the lunch stop.

Slieve Gullion – Ballard Track

This Sunday 2nd Feb. we will be staying local and heading for Slieve Gullion walking behind the beautiful Killeavy Castle. There will be 2 groups B & C. Both will walk 3.5 – 4 hrs in total, both heading for the North Cairn, across Ballard track and kesh. Dont forget the gaiters and flask of out ta!

We are also collecting for the Mournes bus for following walk, Sunday 16th Feb, this is £7.00 for those who would like to come. Its filling up fast so come on down this Sunday and get your name down!

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.

🚩 See the link for FAQ – http://gaponorth.co.uk/faqs/

🚩Walks schedule –  http://gaponorth.co.uk/calendar-walks/

🚩Enjoy!

Victoria Lock Sunday 19th Jan 2020

The 2nd walk of the New Year, this Sunday, 19th of January 2020 we will be starting near the Victoria Lock before taking to the hills above Fathom.  

For those who don’t know the history of Newry Canal, construction began around 1730 and took almost eleven years to complete at a cost of £1,000,000 (around £19 billion in today’s money!) It was undoubtedly a great piece of engineering and resulted in Newry becoming one of the most important ports in Ireland during the eighteenth century, beginning three miles south of Newry it runs parallel to the Newry – Omeath road, and it is this section that we will be following on Sunday. Northwards it continues for another 18 miles to the upper Bann River.

In 1750 the Albert Basin at Newry and Victoria Lock were completed. The lock is 205 ft by 50 ft. With the exception of the iron sheeted outer gates installed in the 1930’s, it has changed little since it was completed to Sir John Rennie’s design. Carlingford limestone was used for the walls and the original gates had English oak frames. Intrigued???

If you are intrigued and would like to see for yourself why not come along and join us? We meet at the Gap O’ the North Pub, Jonesborough at 10 am for registration, before car pooling and driving to our starting point. You will need walking boots, a waterproof jacket and a packed lunch.  Please note there is a steep pull up into the hills at Fathom, so a reasonable level of fitness is needed, you can check out our website FAQ Page for more information on fitness and kit recommended. www.gaponorth.co.uk