Referendum Day - 23 June 2016

The waiting is nearly over and at last you get the opportunity to cast your vote - will it be sausages or burgers. Come along to Kilbroney on Thursday to find out the result but bring your own grub to be sure you get the outcome you want. Bar-B-Ques are provided - together with shelter if required.

North Coast Walks - 16 June 2016

On the rocks at White Park Bay, approaching Portbradden

Despite a rather grim weather forecast (and lots of rain in the Craigavon area) we had an almost perfect walking day with the longest walk going all the way from Larry Bane Bay back to Bushfoot Golf Club via Ballintoy Harbour, White Park Bay, Portbradden, Dunseverick, Benbane Head and the Giant's Causeway. Everyone seemed to have a great day rounded off with a buffet feast at the Golf Club.

Rourke's Park - 09 June 2016

We had two great walks from Rourke's Park to the foothills of Rocky and beyond.

Near Hare's Castle - click on pic to enlarge

Benburb and Pigeon Rock - 02 June 2016

Great day was enjoyed as per weather forecast and super walks at Pigeon and Benburb - sorry, no time for pics ...

Pigeon Rock - summer 2014

Helen's Tower - 26 May 2016

A great walk was had by all.

Knockmany - 19 May 2016

Sticking to the programme again we will head west to Augher and Knockmany Wood, famous for its chambered grave at the summit of the hill. For a map of Knockmany showing its relationship with Augher click here - ignore the red line showing the Carleton Trail.

For car share and minibus meet at Jethro by 10:00am or if going direct meet at Augher cross roads (beside the old railway station) at 10:44am

Forecast is for rain easing off as day progresses with a chance of some sunny periods after lunch. So it's to be another perfect walking day.

Westport Residential - 08 to 13 May 2016

John having a good time on Achill with Kathleen, Rosemary, Geralyn, Mary and Phyllis.

A great time was had by all at Westport. To view some pics of the residential click HERE - if you have good pics that you would be happy to share send them to John (but not too many please).

You may also like to click on the links below to get a flavour of what we did.

Brandy Pad and Loughgall - 05 May 2016

We had successful walks at Loughgall where the bluebells were magnificent and in the Mournes. Thanks to everyone who sent me pics. To view some pictures taken in the Mournes click HERE.

Howth - 28 April 2016

Fantastic coastal and cliff top walks on Thursday although timings were a bit tight - we'll try harder next year. More pics to follow.

Antrim Hills, Carnfunnock and Oxford Island - 21 April 2016

Great walks on 21st at Canfunnock Country Park, the Antrim Hills and Oxford Island in perfect walking weather.

Ballyhornan Coastal Walk - 14 April 2016

Great walk along this beautiful coastal path but unfortunately I don't seem to have received any photographs - perhaps everyone was enjoying the day too much.

Millie prepares to push Kathleen off a rock on Spelga!

Happy Valley - 07 April 2016

Cedars offered four different walks on Thursday, 07 April. There was a flatter walk into Tollymore Forest, two different ascents of Meelmore and a great new cross-country trek over from Fofanny Road over Craigdoo, Spaltha and Spelga before our final descent to Spelga Dam Reservoir. A great day was had by all.

To view some paictures taken on the walks click HERE.

XCedars conquer Bearnagh - 31 March 2016

Six members of Cedars Walkers (the XCedars) squeezed in an Xtra walk over the Easter break climbing Slieve Bearnagh on a glorious spring day. A good time was had by all.

John and Derek plan the route down from the summit ...

while Eleanor enjoys the view.

Divis Mountain on Saint Patrick's Day
17 March 2016

We returned to Divis Mountain for one of our great walks with spectacular views over Belfast. More than 50 walkers from Cedars turned up and were rewarded with a great day out.

Robber's Table / Gortin Glen and Armagh Palace Grounds
10 March 2016

Thursday's big walk was to Robber's Table / Gortin Glen, led by Joe and friends. It was great weather and a great walk - well done Joe.

The gentler Armagh City walk was well attended and equally successful.

Helen, Harry and Reuben at Lough Shannagh with Silent Valley to the rear.

On the way up to the summit of Carn - click to enlarge

The group who made a successful ascent of Carn Mountain from Banns Road - photographer was John.

Oxford Island and the Mournes - 25 February

Forecast was good again and Ruth led a well supported local walk at Oxford Island. A large group went to the Mournes where three different walks were tackled sincluding a successful ascent of Carn Mountain - another one ticked off the list!

Enjoying glorious sunny weather on the Hen Track. Click to enlarge.

Spectacular scenery at the summit of Rocky on 18 February 2016.

Clare Geln and Hen Track - 18 February

Forecast was for great weather on 18 February including, could you believe it, sunshine at lunch! And great weather was what we got. Walks were at Clare Glen where a total of seven people turned up to enjoy a great morning out. The bigger walks was at Hen Trackwhere a small party conquered Rocky to enjoy the spectacular views.

Carlingford and Slieve Foye (Sliabh Feá) - 11 February

We postponed our walks at Slieve Gallion and The Argory and instead returned to an old favourite - Carlingford. A great day had been forecast and was delivered. For some great pics of the walk click HERE. More pics welcome.

Castle Ward - 04 February

It was another perfect day for walking at Castle Ward with its eccentric 18th century mansion where the gothic and classical styles collide on a rolling hillside looking out over the tranquil waters of Strangford Lough.

Click on pictures for enlarged view (where available). For some more pics of the walk click HERE.

Lagan towpath - 28 January

Forecast of a windy day with heavy rain in afternoon drove us back to the Lagan towpath - only a few took the green option of starting of the journey by train but a good day was had by all. For some pics of the walk click HERE.

Pictured left is Joe, standing beside a Wallace fountain, an example of the public drinking fountains designed by Charles-Auguste Lebourg that can be seen throughout Paris - at least 50 were made. They were named after the Englishman Richard Wallace, who financed their construction. a large part of his fortune came from the rental income from his South Antrim estate which amounted to £60,000 annually. He built Castle House in Castle Street (now a listed building and part of Lisburn Institute), acted as MP for the area, donated land for a school to be built (now called The Wallace High School), gave the people a park (now Wallace Park) and donated five drinking fountains of which two remain - this one is in Castle Gardens, just above the Island Centre.

Richard Wallace's greatest memorial is perhaps the Wallace Collection, a national museum in London which displays the wonderful works of art collected in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by the first four Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace, who was the son of the 4th Marquess. It was bequeathed to the British nation by Sir Richard's widow, Lady Wallace, in 1897.

Murlough - 21 January

FORECAST for Thursday was a cloudy day with outbreaks of rain ... a perfect day for a coastal walk! We had a wet and windy start but finished more or less in dry weather, albeit with a stiff breeze from the south. We had lunch at the twelve arches and a good time was had by all, especially by those who retired to the Maghera Inn after lunch! For some pics click HERE.

For those who didn't fancy driving so far on a damp day, there was a shorter walk round the Balancing Lake(s) - beside Rushmere Shopping Centre.

Second walks of 2016 - 14 January

Fabulous walking weather on Thursday, 14 January 2016 - freezing cold and icy underfoot but great fun on Slieve Croob despite the odd slip. For some more pics click HERE.

Nineteen turned out at Lurgan Park and enjoyed nice weather and a good walk also although again it was sometimes a little slippery underfoot.

Two new walkers have now joined us - Patricia and Carroll. Wecome both.

First walk of 2016 - Tollymore

Tom and Doug enjoy lunch beside the Spinkwee River

We had perfect weather and a great choice of walks at Tollymore on Thursday, 07 January 2016. For some more pics click HERE.

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