We returned to Kilbroney for all our walks and the annual Cedars Bar-B-Q. There were sunny spells during day and we managed to escape the showers during the afternoon to enjoy an excellent Bar-B-Q.
This was be the last of our programmed walk for 2016-2017 season but, as in previous years, we continued with some extra walks during the summer, exploring some new territory and going back to some old favourites.
Another super walk in the Cooley Mountains, led by Derek in blazing sunshine. Joan won the prize for counting the most bridges (29). Not just as warm and sunny on the coast at Murlough but a great walk there too.
A great time was had by all and, for those who went to Rathlin, we enjoyed a stress free coach trip there and back, superb walks on the island in good weather, calm seas for the crossings and a delicious evening meal at Ballycastle Golf Club.
We even spotted some puffins! Click on the pic (left) to enlarge.
There will be two walks tomorrow as per the programme plus a third, of which more later.
Great walks. Many thanks to Nora, Joe's sister, for stepping into the breach.
Perfect weather made this a residential to remember.
Here's a pic of Joe making a speedy exit from Aghla Beg - now that really was a day to remember! Click on the pic for an enlarged view. More info and pics to follow if and when I find time.
Joe led a walk on Belfast's new and exciting Connswater Greenway taking in Victoria Park, CS Lewis Square and the recently opened Connswater Link within the Connswater Retail Park. It included the bridge in "The Hollow" which is reputed to be one of the oldest in Norhern Ireland and features in the Van Morrison song, Brown Eyed Girl.
Both the bridge and the river take their names from a sixteenth-century Irish chieftain called Conn O'Neill, who held riotous parties at his stronghold in the Castlereagh Hills. Legend has it that Conn and his clansmen often crossed this bridge carrying refreshments for their activities.
Click on pic (right) for enlarged view of Derek in CS Lewis Square. "Look out. He's behind you!"
Volunteers wanted: can you (yes you) help make life a little easier for the leaders by offering assistance on walks e.g. as sweeper to ensure that nobody gets into difficulties at the back of a walk or, heaven forfend, gets left behind! Talk to one of the leaders if you are willing to assist.
Photographs for the web site: I'm sure lots of you will take nice pics on the residential - if you are submitting some of them for the web site please ensure they are taken with a steady hand, that everyone looks their best, that they are maximum size possible and format is landscape, i.e. wider than high, as that's the way they are usually displayed on the site. There are exceptions for nice pics.
Minibus drivers wanted - young persons within the club (preferably under 70 years of age) wanted to drive minibus from time to time. Full professional MiDAS minibus training (one day) given to suitable candidates.
On 20 April, during the Easter break, Mike with assistance from Derek and Joe led a small (but perfectly formed) group to the misty summits of Slieve Lamagan (Sliabh Lámhagáin) and Cove Mountain, returning along the Annalong Valley. To view Brighdin's pics of the walk click HERE.
We had a great day in Howth on Thursday 06 April with a choice of the magnificent cliff-top coastal loop or a shorter trek over the hill from Sutton to Howth. Gordon led a shorter walk at Clare Glen. For pics by Anne K of the Howth trip click HERE.
Unless advised otherwise by text assume that we'll stick to the plan and return to the Lecale Way with a walk on the marvellous Ballyhornan Coastal Path. There will be no emails or web site updates this week. For directions to Ardglass and Ballyhornan click HERE.
Walks were as per programme on 23 March with shorter walk at Oxford Island and the bigger walk over Slieve Gullion. It was a perfect day - some more pics later when time allows! But here's one of "The Boys" - Mary and Brighdin (the photographer) were honorary boys for the day.
We stuck to our traditional route on the eve of Saint Patrick's Day (almost literally at times due to the mud). Weather didn't let us down with just a little shower to tell us it was time to finish lunch and move on.
A great day and a great walk of over 6 miles round the trail at Glenariff where we enjoyed spectacular views of the waterfalls and Scotland.
Dorothy confirms that we made a good decision today - torrential rain in County Antrim until 3 o'clock and probably snow in the hills. Made our trip to the sun drenched banks of the Blackwater even more enjoyable! Ballyboley Forest and Agnews Hill can wait for better weather.
North Down Coastal Path on Thursday, 16th. Train at 9:15 Portadown, 9:21 Lurgan or 9:28 Moira.
For directions to Sea Park click HERE.
A number of different walks were on offer on 09 February from Leitrim Lodge AKA the BB Hut and a good time was had by nearly all despite the Baltic weather!
Sorry about lack of pics - too busy with other things just now. If anyone would like to provide a write up of walks for the web site I'd welcome their assistance.
We had a great walk at Peatlands with even a spot of sunshine to brighten up our lunch.
Thursday was cloudy, windy and very cold, but at least it remained dry. In other words a perfect day for an invigorating walk on Divis and Black Mountain.
Weather on 19th lived up to the forecast - mainly dry and cloudy but feeling a little less mild than of late. So a perfect opportunity to tackle Slieve Gallion from Carndaisy.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane?
No, it's only Mountain Mike and his merry band stopped briefly for a photo opportunity on the snow clad col between Slieve Donard and Commedagh!
Ronnie, Derek, Nancy, Siobhan and Mike on top of the world. Click on pic to enlarge.
On a very cold 12 January 32 Cedars walkers set off through Tipperary Wood with many of us getting up to Drinnahilly before returning to Donard car park via the forest paths and/or the Glen River. For nine brave souls who wanted more of a challenge Mike, Joe and Derek led a climb to the summit of Ulster's second highest peak, Slieve Commedagh (767m), where they "enjoyed" artic blasts, some bright sunshine and spectacular views before returning to earth just as the minibus departed for Lurgan. A good day was had by all. More pics to follow.
We enjoyed fine weather for our traditional new year route on 05 January 2017. Paddy set a cracking pace and the faster walkers managed to include a detour along the Six Mile Water to Muckamore where we visited the historic graveyard where John believes his grandfather was buried - died 1916 aged only 42.
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