We had a superb warm and occasionally even sunny day for our final walk of 2015 followed by a great Christmas Dinner at the Wistledown in Warrenpoint. Some walkers even managed to make it to the dizzying heights of Cloughmore where the views were spectacular - just like John's glasses! Another perfect walking day.
Happy Christmas everyone.
Some great walks were had at Gosford and Drumahilly in the Mournes on Thursday, 10 December 2015. Sunshine and showers had been expected but those who turned out were rewarded with a beautiful dry day and smiles all round. Many thanks to Jennifer (centre) for the picture. Click on pic to enlarge. For some pics of the successful ascent of Millstone led by Derek click HERE.
December already and the forecast turned bad just as we were planning a long awaited return to Carlingford, Slieve Foy and PJ's. But Castlewellan, which had been our programmed walk anyway, didn't disappoint - despite incessant rain and a good soaking we had a great walk, a successful ascent of the mighty Slievenaslat, and a warm welcome in the Life adventure Centre / bike hire establishment in the courtyard at Castlewellan where some of us had our lunch in comfortable, warm(ish) and dry surroundings while others got a founderin' huddled in doorways.
Next week Lagan Tow Path is in the programme but as we walked it recently we hope, subject to weather of course, to also offer an alternative walk in the hills. Watch this space ...
One lesson that we could all learn from the day is to wrap your mobile phone up well in a waterproof bag when it's raining - it could save a hefty repair bill. It wasn't my phone!
Forecast was for great walking weather and even though waterproofs were recommended the day stayed dry, except for some unfortunate walkers who took a tumble in the stream! For some pics of the walk click HERE.
Thursday, 19 November lived up to it's forecast and we all enjoyed a great day out. We walked at Loughbrickland Historic Trail ( Whyte's Estate - 2½ miles ) visiting the historic Coolnacran Fort and Johnston's Fort. The bigger walks started at Leitrim Lodge (beside BB hut) and were along the Ulster Way path or up to Pierce's castle, some going via Tormanrock. For some pictures of the walk to Pierce's Castle click HERE.
A big gale was expected on Thursday afternoon so the planned walk from Helens Bay to the Somme Centre at Conlig via the iconic Helen's Tower was replaced by a walk closer to home at Peatlands Park. Although wet underfoot the walk was enjoyable and we avoided the worst of the weather which arrived later in the day.
Thanks to Paddy C. for the pics. More welcome if there are any out there.
The 5th of November 2015 will be remembered for the incessant rain which fell through the middle of the day during our walks at Oxford Island and along the Lagan towpath from Drumbo.
For those at Oxford Island the surprise appearance of Black Santa brought a little light relief.
Some of the brave souls who walked from Drumbo Church, all the way past Shaw's Bridge to the Lockkeeper's Cottage where we received a warm welcome and some shelter from the rain. John even enjoyed some steak pie and chips - he'll have day-old sandwiches for lunch tomorrow! Click on image to enlarge
For more pictures of the walk at Gosford click HERE.
One of the highlights of our year is the annual Hallowe'en walk at Gosford when Cedars Walkers have a proud record of raising money for charity. We did it again in 2015 for Kamatungu School for the Deaf in Kenya. As well as a great feed we had a lovely walk in the sunshine to give us a healthy appetite. Helen thanks everyone who supported this event for their attendance and generosity, especially those who provided the delicious soups and apple pies or helped in other ways - cooking, setting out tables, serving, showing slides of Kamatungu, clearing up afterwards - and especially Ruth for arranging use of the Guide House . Helen has sent a text to say:
'Many many thanks for all your help - much appreciated. We collected £1100!! Wonderful help for the children! Many thanks again:-)'
When Helen Moorehead talked officials into allowing her to open a school for deaf children in the heart of the African bush, she was taking a big step of faith. She had no staff, no building, no supplies of water, equipment or food - she didn't even have any pupils. What this irrepressible teacher (and also latterly Cedars Walker) did have was the heart of a lion and a God-given conviction that there were needy children out there who desperately needed her help.
To read Helen's inspirational and heart-warming October 2015 newsletter about Kamatungu School click HERE. To support her work, be sure to come along and join us on Thursday.
We enjoyed spectacular views and unseasonably fine weather (despite a strong wind) on our walks from Kilbroney and Kilfeaghan. Photographs to follow.
Sheelagh and Millie take a rest on way to the Blue Lough via Annalong River - 15 October 2015.
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Reuben led the gentler walk at Hillsborough while the other leaders walked to the Blue Lough and beyond by a variety of routes including a new one to many along the Annalong River led by Derek. Fabulous weather was enjoyed by all.
We travelled to Tollymore where a variety of walks were on offer ranging from a stroll in the woods through to a climb up onto Slievenabrock. Wall to wall sunshine was promised and delivered - a great day was had by all.
For more pictures of the walk on Slievenabrock click HERE.
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The ascent from Trassey Track to the Hare's Gap - 01 October 2015. Click on image to enlarge.
Jim led the gentler walk along Dundrum Old Railway Line on 01 October while the tougher walks started from Trassey Car Park on Trassey Road. Ruth, Reuben, Derek, Mike, Joe and John led a variety of walks into the high Mournes including, for a group of six intrepid walkers led by Mike, an ascent of Bearnagh.
For more pictures of the Trassey Track walk click HERE. Good pictures are welcomed for inclusion on the site. Landscape orientation and high resolution is generally preferred for viewing on computer and tablet.
Portmarnock's Velvet Strand - 24 September 2015. Click on image to enlarge.
We had a perfect day's walking at Portmarnock and Malahide on 24 September.
Joe, who had come up with the idea for the walk originally, wasn't looking for a fight afterwards - he was showing off his well plastered hand. He suffered a break during his recent training course for the Hill and Moorland Walk Leader qualification.
As if the course wasn't tough enough already!
As the 2015/16 season starts new boy Paddy enjoys his first walk in the Mournes with Cedars.
For more pictures of the walk click HERE.
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