Date

 

Walks

Grade

Notes

Sept

15

Castlewellan Lake /  Perimeter Walks

1 & 2

 

2016

22

Clare Glen

Hen Track 

1

2 & 3

 

 

29

Ballymoyer

Bessy Bell

1

2

 

Oct

6

Carlingford Greenway / Carlingford Forest

Ravensdale

1 & 2

3

 

 

13

Tollymore

1 & 2

 

 

20

Murlough

Chimney Rock

1&2

4

 

Mike Taggart

 

27

Gosford             (HALLOWE’EN)

 

 

Nov

3

Lough Fea

Carndaisy

1

3

 

 

10

Helen’s Tower

1 & 2 & 3

 

 

17

Broadwater

Mourne Way Section 3

1

2 & 3

 

Joe Nicholson

 

24

Armagh City

Slieve Croob

1

2 & 3

 

Dec

1

Coalisland Canal

Trassey Track

 Blue Lough

1

2

4

 

 

8

Scarva Tow Path

Lough Shannagh

1

2 & 3

 

 

15

Fairy Glen, Rostrevor

Ulster Way Rostrevor

Big Stone & Slieve Martin, Kilbroney

1

2

3

 

 

15

Christmas Dinner in Whistledown, Warrenpoint

 

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS BREAK (2 weeks)

 

 

Jan

5

Antrim Town Loop

1 & 2

 

2017

12

Tipperary Wood

Glen River (from Donard Park)

1

2 & 3

 

 

19

Connswater Greenway

1 & 2

 

 

26

Lagan Towpath

Black Mountain/Divis

1

2 & 3

 

Feb

2

Peatlands Park

1 & 2

 

 

9

Leitrim Lodge

1 & 2 & 3

 

 

16

Bangor to Hollywood

1 & 2

 

 

23

Broadwater

Ballyboley Forest/Agnews Hill

1

2 & 3

 

Mar

2

Minnowburn/Giants Ring

1 & 2 & 3

 

 

9

Loughgall Country Park

Glenarriff Glen

1

2 & 3

 

 

16

Lecale Way

1 & 2

 

 

23

Oxford Island

Slieve Gullion

1

2/3

 

 

30

Ballyhornan Coastal Path

1/2

 

April

6

Howth

1 & 2 & 3

 

 

13/20

EASTER BREAK (2 weeks)

 

 

 

27

 Knockmany Wood

1/2

 

May

2 to 5

RESIDENTIAL

 

 

 

11

Newry Canal (Portadown)

Mullaghcarn (Gortin Glen)

1

2 & 3

 

 

18

North Coast/Rathlin Island

1 & 2 & 3

 

 

25

Whyte Estate, Loughbrickland

Lumpers (Cooley Peninsula)

1

2 & 3

 

June

1

Moyle Way/Fair Head

1 & 2 & 3

 

 

8

Hillsborough Park

Carrick Little

1

2 & 3

 

 

15

Kilbroney  BBQ

 

 

 

In future we plan to grade walks so that participants can judge whether they will be able to complete the walks safely within the time available. Our planning assumes there will be three or four stops on the outward leg of each walk to allow walkers to look around, regroup and catch their breath but it is essential that the group stays together unless otherwise agreed with the leader. Grades are awarded in ascending order of difficulty (like piano exams) so, in simple terms, Grade 1 is easiest. If you are in any doubt about your fitness levels or new to the group you are advised to start with a grade 1 or grade 2 walk.

Grade 1

Relatively short walks on well-graded, maintained paths. Surfaces are largely firm underfoot and little ascent or descent is involved. Routes are generally signposted. No serious navigational difficulties.

Examples: Castlewellan Lake circuit, the Lagan Towpath, Peatlands Country Park

Grade 2

Routes still follow paths, but these might not be maintained or signposted. Some sections may cross rougher ground or open countryside. There is no sustained ascent or descent but routes can be fairly long. No serious navigational difficulties.

Examples: perimeter walk at Castlewellan, Rathlin Island, Tollymore Forest Park, Ballyhornan Coastal Path

Grade 3

Walks in this category may involve up to 500m of vertical ascent. Terrain can be rough underfoot and any paths are informal in character. Navigation skills are required but route finding is relatively straightforward in good conditions. Most easy to moderate hill walks fall into this category.

Examples: Meelbeg from Happy Valley, Pigeon Rock, Spelga, Slieve Gullion, the Antrim Hills, the Eastern Sperrins

Grade 4

Longer mountain excursions involving up to 850m of ascent. Ground can be rough underfoot and any paths are informal in character. Navigational skills are required throughout and may be necessary to avoid natural hazards such as cliffs.

Examples: Slieve Donard, Slieve Bearnagh and Silent Valley, Cuilcagh Mountain, the Binnians