Cedars Walk Programme – 2017/2018

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Dates

Walks

Grades

Sept

14

Donard Park:             Tipperary Wood

                                      Drinahilly

1

2

 

21

Lough Shannagh:    Banns Road

                                      Ott Track

                                      Doan

1

2

3

 

28

Ballycastle:                 Fair Head

(coach and meal – details to be confirmed)

1,2,3

Oct

5

North Down Coastal Path (train)

1,2

 

12

Craigavon Lakes

Scawt/ Ballygally

1

2,3

 

19

Carlingford:                Greenway

                                      Forest & Greenway

                                      Slieve Foy

1

2

3

 

26

Gosford:                      open meeting

 

Nov

2

Dundrum Railway track

Granite Trail

Slieve Commedagh

1

2

3,4

 

9

Helen’s Tower           (train & bus)

1,2

 

16

Leitrim Lodge:           Ulster Way

                                      Pierce’s Castle

                                      Tornamrock/Rocky

1

2

3

 

23

Clare Glen

Slieve Gullion

1

2,3

 

30

Newtownabbey Way ( train & bus)

1,2

Dec

7

Castlewellan              Lake

Forest Park                Perimeter Walks

1

2,3

 

14

TBA

Christmas Dinner

 

Dec 21 & Dec 28

CHRISTMAS BREAK

 

Jan

4

Antrim Town Loop

1

 

11

Stormont Estate

Cave Hill

1

2,3

 

18

Lagan Tow Path (Drumbeg)

Giant’s Ring

1

2

 

25

Broadwater

Antrim Hills Way (Slemish)

1

2

Feb

1

Meelmore

1,2,3

 

8

Loughgall Country Park

1,2

 

15

Belfast Experience

 

 

22

 

Murlough

Bloody Bridge

1

2,3

Mar

1

 

Ballymoyer (woodland walk, Whitecross)

Slieve Roosley (Leitrim Lodge car park)

1

2,3

 

8

Slieve Croob (source of the River Lagan)

2/3

 

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)

Cassey Water

1

2,3

 

19

Carrick Little (Head Road, Annalong)

1,2,3

 

26

 

Gortin Glen

Mullaghcarn

1

2,3

May

3

 

Dunnywater (Head Road, Annalong)

Rourke’s Park

1

2,3

 

10

 

Residential (details to be confirmed)

 

 

17

Dungonnell Way (Antrim Hills)

2,3

 

24

 

Knockmany (passage grave, Clogher)

Sawel & Dart (loop walk in Sperrins)

1,2

3,4

 

31

 

Oxford Island

Lumpers (Ravensdale, Co. Louth)

1

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