We decided that it might be too wet underfoot in the mountains so brought next week's walk (30 November 2017) forward.
Mike led a walk on Newtownabbey Way. We caught the 9:15 train at Portadown except that it left 12 minutes later than timetable and as (had it been on time) we only had 11 minutes spare at Great Victoria Street station to catch the 10:10am Derry/Londonderry train to Mossley West we were on tenterhooks as the train approached Belfast. All seemed well until we pulled into the station only to see the Derry/Londonderry train pull out. So we reverted to plan "B", or was it "C", anyway we ran round to catch the 10:15am train to Whitehead which fortunately was leaving on time - only three minutes after we arrived) and got to Jordanstown half an hour later to start are walk in the opposite direction to that originally intended.
It was a fortuitous choice because not only did we get a bit of a climb but when we arrived at the beatifully restored Mossley Mill, home to Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council's Civic HQ, we were able to use the facilities at the adjacent Theatre at The Mill for "comfort" and refreshments.
We started with 32 walkers and approximately half of our party chose to catch the next train back to Belfast after lunch but the rest of us braved the weather and on reaching Corr's Corner (about a mile from the theatre), we set off down the picturesque A8 Ballynure Road, where the heady aroma of diesel fumes was mixed with a refreshing spray from HGVs. 1,317 metres later we turned down the B59, Old Carrick Road, past Asher's Bakery and on to Mossley West Station. John and Brian chose to take the 1A Metro Service and enjoyed an oddysey (a long and eventful or adventurous journey or experience) through parts of Belast which we hadn't visited in 50 years, if ever. A great day was had by all even though the wall to wall sunshine which had been promised for the afternoon failed to materialise.
The leaders welcome suggestions for new walks.
We had lots of options on 16 November, all starting from Leitrim Lodge.
Mike led a more challenging 7 mile mountain walk starting at 10:30am while the rest of us started at 10:35am, some for a loop taking in Pierces Castle, Tornamrock and (optionally) Rocky Mountain while others enjoyed a 10 mile walk along the Ulster Way. All returned safe and happy. It was agreed that giving more detailed information about walks on the web site was a success.
If you are taking photographs for the web site please ensure that they are taken in "landscape" mode i.e. wider than they are high. This minimises the risk of cropping out important bits!
Portadown Rugby Football Club: each week "PRFC people", i.e. those that want to car share from Portadown, will depart at 09.30am unless walk is a short/long distance away - in which case I will endeavour to advise of alternative times. The club is at 287 Bridge Street, Portadown, BT63 5AR nearly opposite Bachelor's Walk on the "Lurgan Road" - walkers should use the lower car park only.
Level walk: As is our custom in early November we walked the delightful 8 mile route from Helens Bay to Whitespots Country Park and the Somme Centre. This distance was taken from the WalkNI web site but careful measurement of the walk confirms that the actual distance is less than 7 miles UNLESS you add in the bonus loop pioneered by John which includes a sortie into Cairn Wood where the paths have been paved with enough pallets to build a mega bonfire!
Nearly everyone travelled by train and bus so a big thumbs up for your contribution towards saving the planet. As always, some of our walkers had the problem of finding a parking space in time to catch the train but the walk itself was excellent despite the muddy conditions underfoot.
For some pics of the walk from Helen's Bay to Whitespots Country Parkclick here.
Hill walk: Mike led a walk including Pigeon Rock (534m), Slievemoughanmore (559m) and Wee Slievemoughan (428m) including a semi-aquatic adventure round Spelga Reservoir. For pics of the walk click here.
We had walks to suit all tastes on 02 November. Pictured above are most of the group led by Mike on to Slievenabrock and, for some, on to the summit of Commedagh.
We had a great day, great walks and good food at Gosford on 26 October. And nobody fell in the river. Thanks to Edna for some additional photographs.
Our walks from Carlingford were as planned except that low cloud kept us off Slieve Foy and instead some of us tackled Barnavave (8.8 Km/5.5 miles and 372m ascent - maximum speed, approaching PJ's, was 8 Km/hr). Others walked along the Greenway to Greer's Quay before returning to Carlingford through the woods. Unfortunately the low cloud coupled with perspiration on my phone resulted in a poor set of pics which don't do justice to the great walk we all enjoyed. If you have some better ones I'd love to receive them.
Cedars Walkers enjoyed great walks at Scawt Hill and Sallagh Braes.
We had a great walk along the North Down Coastal path from Holywood to Bangor and numerous variants. Perfect weather for it too but I'm afraid I have no pics worth showing. I recorded a distance of 16.1Km from station to station, almost exactly 10 miles but that included a few detours for refreshments after the walk.
Lesley, Kathleen, Yvonne and Pauline arrive safely at the top of the Grey Man's Path at Fairhead - to view some more pics of our walk click here
Our Mourne walks were are as per programme - Lough Shannagh:Banns Road, Ott Track and (for the more adventurous) Doan.
Our first walks were through Tipperary Wood and, for the more adventurous, up on to Millstone above Newcastle. Click here to see some pics of the walk with thanks to Millie and Harry.
Walkers enjoy Cedars Taster day at Tollymore on Thursday, 07 September 2017. Click on pic for more.
Click to view pics of the final XCedars walk for the summer from Kilfeghan to Knockshee and beyond on 31 August 2017. Well done Derek and Ronnie for a great summer season of walks.
It's a tough job but somebody's got to do it.Click to view XCedars pics for summer 2017.
Meelmore Lodge to Ben Crom Reservoir - 03 August 2017
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