Another perfect day for our last walks before the Christmas break. ⛄

Here are some pics from Millie of the team who tackled the Trassey Track, looping round the back of Bearnagh and back through the Hare's Gap - capably led by Derek, Herbie and Ronnie. Well done all.

Last walks of 2019

While most of our walkers finalised their Christmas shopping a few brave souls ventured out to the Trassey Track and Benburb where they enjoyed some great walking.

Kilbroney and the Whistledown - 12 December 2019

Millie at Cloughmore

Cedars Walkers enjoyed another great walk at Kilbroney before heading to the Whistledown in Warrenpoint for Christmas Dinner. Click to view pics of the dinner.

Delamont - 28 November 2019

Another perfect day for walking - a blustery day but drier than had been expected and great craic on a 4.3 mile ramble over this lovely coastal location.

Silent Valley - 05 Dec 2019

Giant's Ring and Millstone - 21 November 2019

We had some great walks on 21st. Thank you to everyone who sent me pics. Click on links in title above to view slide shows of the walks.

Hen Track - 14 November 2019

Helen's Tower - 07 November 2019

Some pics from our walk.

Chimney Rock Mountain - 07 November 2019

Ten brave souls enjoyed an excellent, if rather damp, walk from Bloddy Bridge up to the lower slopes of Chimney Rock Mountain.

Tollymore - 24 October 2019

To view more pics of the walk in Tollymore click here

Slievenaglogh - 24 October 2019

To view more pics of the walk to Slieve Corragh and Slievenaglogh click here

Barnavave - 17 October 2019

Paddy on the move. Click for more pics of our great walk on Barnavave.

Cave Hill - 10 October 2019

Another perfect day for walking? Thanks to Ronnie for the pics.

Donard Park - September 2019

Cedars Walkers reach the summit of Drinnahilly on their first walk of the 2019/2020 season.

Another perfect day for walking. The weather held (mostly) for a great walk at Kilbroney before our Christmas Dinner at the Whistledown, Warrenpoint. ⛄

THANK YOU to everyone who submitted pics for the website this year - the standard just gets better all the time! If you are sending pics please make sure that they are maximum size possible, unless you have already trimmed and resized pics in widescreen format, i.e. 16:9 ratio, in which case they should be maximum 1920 x 1080 pixels. Although it doesn't follow the 16:9 ratio 1400 x 750 pixels is generally preferred for speed of loading and formatting (see pics above in this size). We are now happy to accept pics with either portrait or landscape orientation.

Carrick Little - 05 December 2019

We are very grateful to Mourne Mountain Rescue for a textbook evacuation of one of our walkers after she injured herself during our walk from Carrick Little. It reminded us of the need to carry shelter tent(s), bivvy bags, blankets, maps, apps, walkie talkies and mobile phones (all fully charged) when out in the mountains. And it helps to bring along a cheerful nurse in a high-viz hat as well.

The casualty is up and about again. So it turned out to be another perfect day for walking.

Silent Valley - 28 November 2019

It was another perfect day for walking in the Mournes with two great walks starting in Silent Valley. To view these pics full screen click HERE.

Hen Track - 14 November 2019

Chimney Rock Mountain - 07 November 2019

Nine of the ten Cedars Walkers who opted for the high road. Click to enlarge.

Helen's Tower - 07 November 2019

Helen's Tower - 07 November 2019
Cedars Walkers stop in front of the "underpass" to Helen's Bay railway station. Click for more pics.

Gosford and Alzheimers - 31 October 2019

It was another perfect day for walking in Gosford and we had a great turnout with a few guests who were made very welcome. Thanks to all the volunteers for the catering. Thanks to Millie and Yvonne for the pics. A collection was made for the Alzheimers charity - total collected will be confirmed shortly.

Tollymore and Luke's Mountain - 24 October 2019

Lukes Mountain - October 2019
Another great day for walks from Trassey Car Park - click for more pics.

It was another perfect day for walking in the Mournes and we enjoyed three great walks. Derek and Herbie led an ambitious walk up to Slieve Corragh and Slievenaglogh while Brian led a great walk on to the summit of Luke's Mountain (see above). For those who preferred something a bit tamer Tollymore provided the perfect "level" walk although some queried how level it really was. To view more pics of the walk in Tollymore from Cecil and Hazel click HERE.

Carlingford Greenway - 17 October 2019

Carlingford Greenway - October 2019
Another great walk along the Carlingford Greenway - click for more pics.

It was another perfect day for walking in Carlingford and we enjoyed two great walks - for those who preferred to keep to the foothills and shore line we had the forest and greenway and for those who preferred a bit of a climb we had Barnavave (350m). Both gave spectacular views over Carlingford Lough. The rain promised for the early afternoon didn't materialise so a great time was had by all.


Cave Hill - 10 October 2019

Cave Hill - October 2019
Another great walk on Cave Hill - click for more pics.

Leitrim Lodge - 03 October 2019

Another great walk from Leitrim Lodge - click for more pics.

Despite the pessimistic forecast a large group of Cedars Walkers managed a great walk along the Ulster Way to Yellow Water with smaller groups making it up on to Pieces Castle. We welcomed new members Ann, Gerry and Sean.

Despite the pessimistic forecast a large group of Cedars Walkers managed a great walk along the Ulster Way to Yellow Water with smaller groups making it up on to Pieces Castle. We welcomed new members Ann, Gerry and Sean.

Eagle and Shanlieve - 26 September 2019

Another great walk at Eagle Mountain and Shanlieve - click for more pics.

Twelve brave souls set out from Attical and walked to Windy Gap before making the tough ascent up to Eagle and from there on to Shanlieve. There was some wind and rain but it didn't spoil the views or dampen the spirits of those taking part and they soon dried out in front of the fire at the Downshire Hotel in Hilltown. We welcomed new member Yvonne on this walk.

North Down Coastal Path - Part 2
Orlock Point to Bangor - 26 September 2019

Another great walk from Orlock Point - click for more pics.

It was another perfect day for walking as the main party of Cedars Walkers tackled the second half of the North Down Coastal Path from Orlock Point to Bangor. Thanks to Paddy C. for the pics and for acting as sweeper to ensure everyone got back safely.

North Down Coastal Path - Part 1
Holywood to Bangor - 19 September 2019

Another great walk from Holywood - click for more pics.

Donard Park and Millstone - 12 September

Another great walk at Tipperary Wood and Drinnahilly - click for more pics.

Despite somewhat mixed weather on 12 September, the first day of our new term, we had some great walks and, just as importantly, an opportunity to catch up on what our friends had been up to over the summer months. Nearly 50 walkers turned up at Donard Park where we welcomed new members, Esther and Mary. We were sorry that some regular walkers weren't able to walk with us and wish them a speedy return to full fitness.

Those who made the ascent to the mast at Drinnahilly with John walked a little over 5 miles (5.16 to be exact) and climbed a little under 1000 feet (983 to be exact). Those who couldn't face the final ascent thought they were taking the short route back to Niki's but Reuben ensured that they got a proper walk arriving at the café after John's party had collared all the best buns. Meanwhile Herbie and his merry band had conquered Millstone (460m which converts to 1509 feet). Well done all.

Cedars Walkers meet weekly on Thursdays and we try to provide a range of walks to suit the varied wishes of our members. Most of our mountain walks are in the Mournes but we also like to walk in the Cooleys, Sperrins and Antrim Hills. Locations for our "level" walks include forests, public parks, tow paths and National Trust property such as Castle Ward.

Joining

Application forms can be obtained from the Jethro Centre, Lurgan - details below. There is a long waiting list of people wishing to join. We would particularly welcome applications from individuals with walk leader qualifications or suitable experience.

  • The Jethro Centre, 6 Flush Place, Lurgan, Craigavon BT66 7DT.
  • Phone: 028 3832 5673