Enjoy The Lovely Weather🦋

We have no scheduled walks.  But as you enjoy the outdoors this weekend, please be mindful that car parks and outdoor recreational spaces will be busy. If possible, walk or cycle to your starting point. Check if a car park is open before travelling. If on arrival you find the car park is full or closed, have an alternative plan. Park in a way that will not obstruct the emergency services (who may need to use forest entrances), local residents accessing their homes, or local farmers who need to enter fields or farmyards.  Stay safe, be kind and respectful to each other and enjoy the outdoors responsibly.
The 5km rule applies to ROI.

Ring of Gullion on our Beautiful Bluebells

Check out the great post from Ring of Gullion on our beautiful  Bluebells, click on the link on the Spanish Bluebell you might spot these in gardens, very pretty.
Also the common Foxglove, we see these on many of our walks in June. I use to enjoy popping the closed flowers but on reading, the plant is toxic if ingested 🤢, so be careful with young children or animals dont eat these.

Thank you to the Fire Fighters

Members of the firecrew pictured today with Club members. Thanks guys for saving our precious hills.

Here at The Gap O’ the North we are missing hiking the beautiful hills in the Ring of Gullion and futher afield and we have been saddened by the gorse fires over the past days and weeks. Our local Newry fire squad have been busy tackling the fires and we are so appreciative of all the hard work the firecrews have been doing to protect our precious hills. Today as a show of apprectiation from all at The Gap O’ the North we treated them to lunch, we hope they enjoyed!

Important Club Update

Hi Guys,
As we are all aware public events are being curtailed at the moment as a prevention measure to curtail the spread of the Coruna Virus. After much deliberation the Committee have decided to cancel this weekends events.  That is the ‘Get into Hillwalking’ event which was organised in conjunction with Slieve Gullion AONB on Saturday, the walk on Feede mountain this Sunday, and our AGM to follow.  The committee looked at various options, such as meeting outside the Gap o the North pub to prevent close proximity of members and allotment of safety equipment there. It has been decided to cancel this walk.
It has also been decided to postpone our AGM as this would not allow for the recommended practice of social distancing. We will communicate new date for this in time.
Members may, if they wish organise a walk independently of the club on Sunday themselves, in smaller groups.
As a committee we realise our membership will be disappointed with these actions, as are we but we see this as the most responsible course of action to take. ‘Prevent and protect each other’.