XCedars summer season enjoyed a fantastic summer season in 2016 with walks led by Derek, Mike and Ronnie. Well done all!

Carnavaddy -Thursday, 08 September 2016

Derek led a first class walk of 12.5km on lane, track and open mountain to Carnavaddy (475m) reputed burial place of Cuchulain's dog Bran. Strong winds and hail in the middle of the walk as we ascended Carnavaddy only added to the joy of the walk - Grade 3. We enjoyed refreshments and craic after the walk sitting outside Lumpers.

Annalong Buttress - Thursday, 01 September 2016

Despite some challenging weather Ronnie and Derek led a very successful walk from Dunnywater Gates to Hare's Castle and Annalong Buttress, returning via Long Seefin and Round Seefin - a Grade 3 walk.

Walking trip to Portpatrick - Thursday, 25 August


Departing Belfast at 7:30am and returning from Cairnryan at 7:30pm it was a long day but Mike organised and led a group of XCedars on an unforgettable trek around the Scottish coast and across south west Scotland from Portpatrick to Stranraer on Thursday 25 July. The group enjoyed a great walk, great weather and good food at the end of the walk. Perfect planning - well done Mike.

Omeath - 18 August 2016

Met at Esso filling station - first on left in Omeath at 10:30am and headed into the mountains in mist and rain. At Long Woman's Grave the mist and rain eased off and we had a perfect day for walking and a perfect walk. Well done Derek. Still having trouble uploading pics to BT's web site but's here are some examples.

Walk was about 8km (5 miles) on - minor road, track and open mountain. Some steep, wet and uneven parts on mountain sections - a Grade 3, 5 star walk. White Bog, Eagles Rock, Split Rock, Ravens Rock, Foxes Rock before descent to car park at Long Woman's Grave at The Windy Gap.

Carntogher Way - Slí an Chairn - 11 August 2016

Our Xcedars walk on historic Carntogher Mountain above the Glenshane Pass was supposed to give views across Lough Foyle to Errigal and Muckish in Donegal, Sawel and the high Sperrins, and south-east to The Mournes and Slieve Gullion. Unfortunately the mist prevented this. Mentioned in the early Iron Age tale Táin Bó Cuailgne, the area is rich in mythology and archaeological heritage and a number of monuments remain visible in the landscape - well, they do when the mist clears!

To view some more pictures taken on our walk, click HERE.
Sorry - trouble with BT web hosting - link isn't working as I can't yet upload pics.

Click here to visit the WalkNI web site or here to download the Carntogher History Guide.

Fair Head - 04 August 2016

Despite a rather unpromising start with mist and rain on our journey to the coast we were treated to what was arguably our "best walk ever" at Fair Head in perfect weather. Thanks once again to Derek for his impeccable organisation - which included a mystery tour on our journey out to the start of the walk and a choice of venues for our evening meal.

The day before our walk, 3 August, marked the 100th anniversary of the death of Roger Casement (pictured right) who, on on that date in 1916, was hanged in Pentonville prison having been convicted of treason, sabotage and espionage against the Crown. You can read more about Roger Casement, his involvement with the Irish Volunteers and a failed German gun running expedition just prior to the Easter Uprising in Dublin. Casement's last dying wish to be buried at Murlough Bay, Co Antrim, would never happen due to Unionist opposition, however, a sod of turf was removed from Murlough (the resting place of St Maloge) and placed in his coffin when he was re-interred in Glasnevin Cemetery. Find out more about Casement by clicking here.

The headland of Fair Head rises 196m above the sea. Wild goats and deer roam among the rocks beneath the clifftops, where a walkway called The Grey Man's Path winds around the rugged coastline. From the road, a manmade Iron Age island or crannóg can be seen in the middle of a lake, Lough na Cranagh. Much of the land at Fair Head is owned by the National Trust, so ensuring that its natural beauty is preserved. The cliffs are composed of dolerite, giving a mixture of steep cracked walls, corners and, in many places, sets of columns reminiscent of organ-pipes. The area is very popular with climbers.

To read more about the walk at Fair Head (from a BBC download) click HERE.

To view some more pictures taken on our walk, click HERE.

Slieve Lough Shannagh, Meelbeg and Meelmore - 28 July 2016

To view some more pictures taken on the walk, including pic of Iris's dramatic rescue, click HERE.

Lumpers Pub to Slieveslucan and The Castle - 21 July 2016

Starting at Lumpers Pub Derek led us on another superb new loop walk in Ravensdale.

Xcedars enjoy Ravensdale

More pics to follow. Thanks for those who have sent me some.

Binnian Lough and Binnian - 14 July 2016

Xcedars enjoy a great walk to Binnian Lough and beyond

Slieve Martin - 07 July 2016

Mike led a successful hill walk starting at Kilbroney Park. A great (if rather exhausting) time was had by all.

Ravensdale and Black Mountain - 30 June 2016

Eleven Xcedars enjoyed good weather at Ravensdale, a first class and varied walk, spectacular views, Ulster history and legend, but most of all a great time with friends. To view some pictures taken on the walk click HERE.

Led by Derek, Xcedars enjoy a great day at Ravensdale and on Black Mountain


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