13 June 2019
Photograph by Yvonne
Pit stop at "the Big Stone" - 20 June 2019.
John attempts to start abandoned Drott.
Cedars Walkers are led by a group of trained and experienced walk leaders under the umbrella of the Jethro Centre in Lurgan.
It is a cross-community group and its members are generally in the 55+ age group. One of our most active walkers is over 80!
After a great walk from Trassey car park to Luke's Mountain a group of happy walkers heads back to Meelmore Lodge for a welcome cuppa.
Thanks to Paddy Mac for spotting the monsters hiding at the bottom of the cliff under Raymond - click on pic to enlarge!
To view our walks from January 2019 through to the residential in Donegal click on the buttons below.
We had some great walks, good craic and a mighty feed for our last walks of the season. Thanks to everyone who sent pics - may not be able to upload in near future.
We had expected rain as we arrived at Trassey car park, indeed the roads had obviously just had a good soaking and Trassey Track was littered with puddles, but the rain stayed off for the duration of our walks and everyone had a good time despite the unseasonably cold weather - so it was another perfect day for walking.
It was raining as we left Lurgan and there was a bitingly cold wind as we started our walk at Dunnywater. John was under the weather with man flu so he felt very cold after sitting down for lunch but a brisk walk soon brought the colour back to his cheeks as Reuben and Ruth led their party back through Rourke's Park, clambering over Round Seefin with its special granite long favoured for the making of granite sets. Mike led his group on a 6.3 mile adventure up Rocky and back to Dunnywater via Annalong Buttress and Hare's Castle. All returned happy, so despite an unpromising start it was another perfect day for walking after all.
The forecast was for wet weather particularly in the north and west of the province so using the trusted "Cedars" algorithm the main group of walkers decided to head south and east to Castlewellan whilst smaller parties went to Peatlands Park and Doan. We had been in Castlewellan relatively recently but the day didn't disappoint - it started damp but this only lasted for a few minutes and we had a virtually rain-free walk with occasional glimpses of sunshine. So contrary to our fears it turned out to be yet another perfect day for walking!
Three exceptional walks on a perfect day for walking. Everyone was able to tick off at least one peak during the day. To view some pics of the walk from Ott Track to Happy Valley via Slieve Lough Shannagh and round or over Meelbeg (708m) click on button below:
Meanwhile Mike led an exhilerating 8 mile trek to Ben Crom. Clearly a great time was had by all.
As promised it was another perfect day for walking from Carrick Little Café. More about walks and some more pics if and when time permits. If any Cedars members would be interested in helping with the web site please talk to John T.
Cedars walkers meet weekly on Thursdays and try to provide a range of walks to suit the varied wishes of our members. Most of our mountain walks are in the Mournes but we also like to walk in the Cooleys, Sperrins and Antrim Hills. Locations for our "level" walks include forests, public parks, tow paths and National Trust property such as Castle Ward.
Application forms can be obtained from the Jethro Centre, Lurgan. There is a long waiting list of people wishing to join. We would particularly welcome applications from individuals with walk leader qualifications or suitable experience.
We hope you like the new-look web site. To view the old site click on the link below.