Cedars Walkers

About us

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!

Millie and friends at the Gobbins

Millie and friends arranged their own walk at the Gobbins coastal path. Click on pic to enlarge.

Cedars is more than a walking group - it's a group of friends sharing their love for the outdoors, exercise, great scenery and a bit of craic. We walk all over the north of Ireland occasionally travelling further afield down Ireland's east coast.

In May each year we go for our walking residential, usually in Counties Donegal or Mayo, and we also fundraise for good causes - in 2018 it was Mourne Mountain Rescue

To view some of our walks from January through to end of March 2019 click on the button below.

Take the Stairway to Heaven

The following is provided for information only and is not part of the Cedars programme of walks.

Take the stairway to heaven
Cuilcagh Boardwalk - click to enlarge

Sponsored guided walk on Sunday 12 May 2019 in support of Tiny Life the premature baby charity for Northern Ireland. Contact Valerie Cromie - valerie@tinylife.org.uk if interested.
Phone office: 028 9081 5050
Mobile: 077 0238 4790.
Facebook: tinylifecharity.
If any Cedars Walkers are planning to go on this walk I can help promote any request for sponsorship through our web site.

Bluebells at Knockmany Wood and Rourkes Park to the Brandy Pad - 25 April 2019

Gordon and Herbie are offering two additional walks this week.

Gordon's walk is at Knockmany Wood, Augher for a fantastic display of bluebells. At the summit of Knockmany Hill is the Knockmany Chambered Cairn, said to be the burial place of Queen Aine, Queen of Oriel, a 6th century kingdom whose centre was Clogher. The cairn is a passage grave dating from Neolithic times. We had planned to do this walk on 23 May but, as a result of the early spring and very hot Easter, the bluebells will be well over by then. Meet at Jethro Centre for car share at 9:45am - you may have to use the adjacent supermarket car park if the centre is closed. If going direct congregate at crossroads (turn right) beside the old railway station/café by 10:13am.

Herbie will be walking at Rourkes Park above Annalong - he will head up to Rocky Mountain, then along the Mourne Wall as far as Bog of Donard where the Brandy pad will take him round to Annalong Buttress and the return route via Hares castle and the edge of Annalong Wood.

It will be cooler than of late with sunny spells, a moderate breeze and just a chance of a shower so perfect weather for walking.

The walk is about 8 miles long so more challenging than most Cedars walks but apart from Rocky (525m) there is no significant climbing involved. It takes a little over one hour to drive from Jethro Centre to Rourkes Park where Herbie will be starting the walk at 10:00am - which will suit the Bridge players! Meet at Dunnywater gates (OS ref.: J 354 222) on Head Road above Annalong for briefing. For directions to Dunnywater click here.

Cave Hill, the Gobbins and Meelmore - 18 April 2019

Easter walks - 18 April 2019

Three groups of Cedars Walkers took advantage of great weather to enjoy three very different walks. We return to our planned walk programme on 2nd May with a visit to the spectacular Glenariff Glen - good preparation for the residential the following week. For extra walks on 25 April see above.

Knockchree - 11 April 2019

On the summit of Knockchree - click for more pics

Sutton to Howth - 04 April 2019

Lighthouse at Howth Head
Bertie stops to admire the view. Click on pic for more photographs of a great walk.

Ballymoyer and Slieve Gullion - 28 March 2019

Ruth and Mike enjoyed fabulous weather for two great walks - Ballymoyer and Slieve Gullion respectively. Click on pics for some great pics of the walks.

Ballymoyer Woodland Walk
Slieve Gullion
Slieve Gullion

Ballyhornan Coastal Walk and Lumpers - 21 March 2019

BEFORE - work in progress
AFTER - job well done

Some of the litter lift at Ballyhornan. Congratulations to everyone who took part for a really worthwhile job well done. Sir David Attenborough would be proud of us.

Meanwhile Raymond and Ronnie led a successful walk for a group of intrepid hill walkers starting at Lumpers. For pics of this walk click on the pic.

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 welcome applications from individuals with walk leader qualifications or suitable experience.

Our old web site

We hope you like the new-look web site. To view the old site click on the link below.