Another perfect day

Keep safe, keep well, keep walking.

What a super day. Perfect weather for Ruth guiding us from Helens Bay to Bangor Castle- before relaxing over lunch in the courtyard Café. Then enjoying the walled garden in the afternoon sunshine (the colours were simply outstanding) with the bonus a sculpture exhibition- exploring art in nature. Thank you Ruth for the 6/7 mile ramble- and we heard the woodpecker

HG

Meelmore

A motley group of keen walkers started from the Meelmore carpark. Any doubts about whether we'd make the top of Meelmore were soon dispelled by the humour and enthusiasm of the group - slow but sure, we made progress to the top. Lunching by the wall is always our well-earned treat. An added bonus to our day was meeting a group of Mourne Heritage workers. With the help of volunteers from Citibank they were setting out to repair the well-worn stiles. Before we made our descent, the more curious of us headed off to inspect and try out a newly-completed stile. Our adventurous day was rounded off by one of the volunteers sharing tea and biscuits with the thirsty climbers from the luxury of his car boot. Ronnie got an extra treat of ice cream from Grahams in Rathfriland.

KL

Cock Mountain
Forth Meadow Community Greenway
Forth Meadow

Mike led a small party on a groundbreaking urban exploration of the Forth Meadow Community Greenway, pictured here under the Carry Each Other sculpture by Sara Cunningham-Bell.

Hillsborough Forest

Undeterred by the poor forecast and a lack of walking companions John completed a solo circuit of Hillsborough Forest with only occasional light showers of rain.

Ott and Carn

John O. led a walk on a new route sometimes over rough terrain but with some spectacular waterfalls - starting on the Ott Track, climbing over Slieveloughshannagh, round Doan and down to the Silent Valley before returning via Carn and Ott Mountains. 11.5Km and 735 metres ascent.

Glenariff
Oxford Island

Some photographs from a very enjoyable 4 mile walk from Kinnego Marina with a fine view of the heron, Thank you Ruth and Reuben.

Balancing Lakes

Gordon led a group on a local walk round Craigavon's Balancing Lakes. The anticipated strong winds failed to materialise and after 7Km and 40m ascent we returned to the South Lake Leisure Centre in time for a welcome coffee.

Errigal
Horn Head
Errigal

John and Ann enjoy a quiet moment together on a truncated version of McSwynne's Gun Loop. 6Km and 150m ascent - longer if a walk of up to max. 2Km along and back on Tramore Strand is included.

Horn Head

Tom leads the descent down a sandhill on McSwynne's Gun Loop.

Blue Lough

Another perfect day for our walk to the Blue Lough.

Doan
Doan

Cedars Walkers enjoy the view over Lough Shannagh and Silent Valley.

Dundrum
Dundrum

Mark and Peter stroll along Ardilea Road during our walk at Dundrum.

Gosford

Ladies who lunch.
Dorothy and friends ignored the weather warnings and were rewarded with a dry walk at Gosford followed by an early lunch at the courthouse.

Benburb

A lovely walk in Benburb, a special place to me. We walked from the Priory downhill to the river Blackwater past Benburb Castle, built by Sir Richard Wingfield around 1615 on the site of a stronghold of Shane O’Neill. Crossing the river using the old white metal bridge, we followed the path between the Ulster Canal and the river which has carved a glorious gorge through the countryside. Stopped for a while to view the waterfalls from the river’s edge. On return we had lunch at the picnic tables in front of the Priory - such beautiful surroundings. Thanks to Ruth for leading the walk and John for driving - enjoyed the chat along the way.

MT 

Rocky
Ott Track

A coats on / coats off sort of a day.

Glenariff (from Irish Gleann Airimh meaning the Glen of the ploughmen). A great walk on the Scenic Trail with amazing views over the U shaped valley carved out, like the other glens, by glaciers. Then dropping down to the gorge and the boardwalk (first constructed 100 years ago - that's the boardwalk, the gorge is even older), and up to the waterfalls before coffee in Laragh Lodge. And for a few well seasoned world travellers, their first visit here didn't disappoint. Thanks to our leader, Gordon, the expert driving of Paddy Mc and the navigational skills of Paddy C. And, the ----- banter!!

Gola

A spectacular day out on the tiny island of Gola which boasts what is arguably one of the best tea rooms in Ireland - a very welcome sight after a day in the hills.

Granite Trail

A splendid day in the Mournes with Shirley and Ronnie leading a walk on the Granite Trail with a diversion on to the Drineevar Loop and a stop off at Drinahilly and Rapunzel's tower. Clocking up more than 10Km and 320m ascent, the happy smiling faces tell it all.

Burtonport Railway
Burtonport Railway

Brian leads the way on the magnificent newly tarmaced path along the line of the Burtonport railway with Muckish in the background. Trains ran between Burtonport and Letterkenny from 1903 to 1940.

Slieve Snaght

Cedars Walkers enjoy some glorious May weather on the summit of Slieve Snaght (Irish: Sliabh Sneachta, meaning Snow Mountain) - but no snow visible on day of walk.

Errigal
Errigal

On the summit of Errigal.

Horn Head
Horn Head

The descent to Tramore Strand, Dunfanaghy.

Spelga
Spelga

Shirley led a great walk at Spelga. Well done Shirley.

Peatlands

John led a 7Km walk through Peatlands with Reuben giving a masterclass in the identification of birdsong and plants. A great walk in lovely weather with Peatlands looking at its best.

Doan

Herbie led a large group in perfect weather up the Ott Track and over Slieveloughshannagh to Doan.

Eagle

John O. led a tough but enjoyable walk from Leitrim Lodge to Shanlieve, Eagle and Wee Slievemoughan - 11Km and 600m ascent.

Blue Lough

Gordon and Ruth led another great walk from Carrick Little up to the Blue Lough.