Cedars Walk Programme – 2017/2018
Walks are subject to weather etc and may change at short notice.
Dates Walks Grades
Sept 14 Donard Park: Tipperary Wood 1
Drinahilly 2
  21 Lough Shannagh: Banns Road 1
Ott Track 2
Doan 3
  28 Ballycastle: Fair Head 1,2,3
(coach and meal – details to be confirmed)
Oct 5 North Down Coastal Path (train) 1,2
  12 Craigavon Lakes 1
Scawt/ Ballygally 2,3 
  19 Carlingford: Greenway 1
Forest & Greenway 2
Slieve Foy 3
  26 Gosford: open meeting  
Nov 2 Dundrum Railway track 1
Granite Trail 2
Slieve Commedagh 3,4
  9 Helen’s Tower (train & bus) 1,2
  16 Leitrim Lodge: Ulster Way 1
Pierce’s Castle 2
Tornamrock/Rocky 3
  23 Clare Glen 1
Slieve Gullion 2,3
  30 Newtownabbey Way ( train & bus) 1,2
Dec 7 Castlewellan Lake 1
Forest Park Perimeter Walks 2,3
  14 TBA  
Christmas Dinner
Dec 21 & Dec 28 CHRISTMAS BREAK   
Jan 4 Antrim Town Loop 1
  11 Stormont Estate 1
Cave Hill 2,3
  18 Lagan Tow Path (Drumbeg) 1
Giant’s Ring 2
  25 Broadwater  1
Antrim Hills Way (Slemish) 2
Feb 1 Meelmore 1,2,3
  8 Loughgall Country Park 1,2
  15 Belfast Experience  
  22 Murlough 1
Bloody Bridge 2,3
Mar 1 Ballymoyer (woodland walk, Whitecross) 1
Slieve Roosley (Leitrim Lodge car park) 2,3
  8 Slieve Croob (source of the River Lagan) 02-Jan
  15 Ballyhornan Coastal Path 1,2
  22 Hen Track 1,2,3
Mar 29 & Apr 5 EASTER BREAK  
April 12 Kilbroney (Narnia Trail and Fairy Glen) 1
Cassey Water 2,3
  19 Carrick Little (Head Road, Annalong) 1,2,3
  26 Gortin Glen 1
Mullaghcarn 2,3
April 30 to May 3 Residential in Donegal (details separately)
May 10 Dunnywater (Head Road, Annalong) 1
  Rourke’s Park 2,3
  17 Dungonnell Way (Antrim Hills) 2,3
  24 Knockmany (passage tomb, Augher) 1,2
Sawel & Dart (loop walk in Sperrins) 3,4
  31 Oxford Island 1
Lumpers (Ravensdale, Co. Louth) 2,3
June 7 Glenarriff Glen 2,3
  14 North Antrim Coast: (coach & meal) 1,2,3
  21 BBQ Kilbroney 1,2
Walks are graded so that participants can judge whether they will be able to complete them 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 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