This Sunday, 25th of November we are walking in the Ravensdale area following the old walls of the Clermont estate. We will have a B and a C Group out, a rough outline of both walks is given below.
B Group Walk: will be a faster paced walk of around 7.8 miles with a height gain of 516 m, taking around 4 hours. From Ravensdale car park we will walk along forest trails rising steadily to the Park boundary wall up to Ben Rock. This is a good 40 minute stiff climb. Then we head North to Clermont Cairn. From there, our route takes us to the road. We will walk the boundary between Clermont and the Forest Park, crossing the border at the Clontygora road cattle grid.
Once more we will follow the boundary wall and cross a stile to pick up the trails to a deep, beautiful gully and from there back to our cars.
With clear weather we will see great views of the Cooley Mountains, Dundalk Bay and possibly Dublin Mountains. Carlingford Lough, the Mournes and the Ring of Gullion should also be seen.
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.
Gaiters and walking sticks recommended as well as the essential boots and suitable hill walking clothing.
We meet at the Gap O’ the North, Pub Jonesborough, at 10 am, for registration and walk’s briefing.