Kilbroney - 11 January 2018

Cecilia Daly came up trumps for our second walk of 2018 by under-promising and over-delivering with the weather. Forecast was for another cold and murky day with persistent fog, very slow to disperse. But she did suggest there was just a chance of sunny spells too later in the day with the best weather around the coasts and over the hills.

So we put off our planned trip to Cave Hill and headed for Kilbroney which seemed to offer a more favourable location for another "perfect day for walking" i.e. Thursday. More than 50 Cedars Walkers turned up to be rewarded with wall-to-wall sunshine and two great walks. Thank you Cecilia.

In the glorious and unseasonal weather we ventured through a doorway into Narnia before climbing up past Fiddlers' Green to the Big Stone (Cloughmore) and thence to Slieve Martin and Slieve Meen before returning to the car park - a total journey of 10km or 6.25 miles.

Workers on the transmitter mast watched us as we enjoyed lunch and, at the summit of Slieve Martin, Paddy entertained us with some Irish dancing. On our way down we were given an impromptu demonstration of shadow puppetry, an ancient form of storytelling and entertainment, at the big stone. We finished off a perfect day with refreshments in "The Church" on Cloughmore Road, just below Kilbroney Park.

Shadow puppetry demo at Cloughmore - for more pics click HERE.

And a date for your diary

Saturday 27 January 2017 - Cancer Research fund raising Burns Night Supper – complete with bagpipes, haggis, kilts (not obligatory) and Scottish dancing. It’s a great night out in Portadown Golf Club and in a good cause. More information later or talk to Gordon, Carol P or Mary P to book your places. Don't miss it.

Antrim Loop - 04 January 2017

It's 2018 so our first walk of the new year had to be the Antrim Loop, our traditional route for this time of year. The day was wet but the craic was mighty. 23 intrepid walkers turned up to prove that it takes more than the remnants of storm Eleanor, Baltic temperatures and a downpour to deter a keen walker. Well done to those that made it. We even had a poet in our midst - top marks Heather!

Twas the fourth day of New Year, when all round Lough Neagh
Only swans were a-stirring, the sky was dark grey;
When out of the drizzle some 'creatures' emerged,
All hoping that no one would soon be submerged.

The walkers were nestled all snug in their coats,
While visions of hot coffee kept them afloat;
With John T and Gordon leading the way
Sure how else would you spend a wet winter’s day!

Some hooded, some shrouded like monks on retreat,
The brave Cedars athletes made good use of their feet,
Avoiding the puddles and Eleanor-downed trees
By the mighty brown river that raged like the seas.

Bedraggled and damp but with smiles on our faces,
We felt so much better being put through our paces.
The festive excesses with much Christmas cheer
Have ended and here’s to a Happy New Year!

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