Another perfect day

It was another perfect day as Herbie led his group up the Bloody Bridge River to Bog of Donard and then round the back of Slieve Donard along the Brandy Pad before returning to Donard Park. Great walk - well done Herbie.


Led by Ruth and Reuben a small party enjoyed a great day at Dundrum, walking along the old railway line.



Leitrim Lodge

John O. led a hill walk from Leitrim Lodge to Pierces Castle, Moughanmore, Pigeon Rock Mountain and back across the Rocky River - beautiful; another perfect day!


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Some of the characters spotted on Binnian on 08 July 2021.

Miners' Hole River

Starting at the Gamekeepers Lodge Equestrian Centre, Moyad Road John O. led his group up to the cairn atop Slievenaglogh, before descending down to Miners Hole at Silent Valley reservoir. They then followed the course of the Miners Hole River with its magical waterfalls before returning via Muck. Navigation was a bit of a problem in the mist but by following a some of the locals (sheep) all returned safely to their cars. Another great day out.

Uster Way

Great 6 mile/9.6Km walk led by Ruth and Reuben. Starting at Ott car park the walk followed the Ulster Way past Fofanny to Meelmore. Perfect day.


Some more pics from the ascent of Commedagh


Mike led a walk from Leitrim Lodge to Crotlieve, Wee Roosley, Slieve Roosley, Leckan More, Yellow Water River and back to Leitrim Lodge via the Ulster Way. A great walk and a perfect day for it.


It was hot at Carlingford but that didn't spoil a great walk up through the forest and back along part of the Barnavave Loop. Some of us had hoped for a swim but the tide was out so we made do with ice creams and refreshments in a local hostelry. Another perfect day. Hoping to circumnavigate Donard next week.

Ballyhornan to Saint Patrick's Well

It was wall to wall blue sky and a gloriously sunny day - perfect for a coastal walk with golden sands on the beach at Ballyhornan and a cooling sea breeze. It was a delight not to be confronted with piles of plastic bottles unlike on our last visit. 9.6Km (6 miles) and 150m ascent. Another perfect day for walking finished off with a paddle in the sea and a visit to Currans for some welcome refreshments.

Slieve Binnian

The forecast for 08 July 2021 was indifferent with the threat of low cloud over Binnian all day but as we gained altitude the cloud cover seemed to lift above us and we were only troubled with poor visibility for a short time near the summit. But we had enjoyed spectacular views, great craic and pleasant weather all the way up so it was another perfect day for walking after all. Thanks to John and Herbie for leading the walk at a pace that suited everyone and to Carrick Cottage Café for refreshments after. 10.3Km and 620m total ascent.

Carlingford - Tain Way

Starting off from Carlingford car park our able and accomplished leader Gordon took fourteen walkers along the familiar Tain Way forest route but with a slight twist. Coming to our usual spot for descent he led us to the left rather than descending right to the Greenway. This was a new path and added to the length of the walk; at 7.4 miles or 12Km it wins the prize for the longest Cedars walk of the day. Lunch was much appreciated when we arrived at Greers Quay. Joining the Greenway weary walkers returned to Carlingford for the usual refreshment at Ruby Ellens. The weather was ideal and all without exception thoroughly enjoyed the walk. Thanks once again to Gordon for another great day.

Meelmore Lodge to Commedagh


Herbie (if you want to get ahead get a hat) led a great walk from Leitrim Lodge up to the Brandy Pad and on to Commedagh before returning for a therapeutic foot spa and some welcome refreshments. 7.6 miles or 12.16Km and 750m ascent. A great time was had by all. Batteries fully recharged.

Muck, Carn and Lough Shannagh

Another perfect day for a walk starting at the lower Pigeon car park - 12 Km loop walk over Muck, Carn and Slieve Lough Shannagh with return via Lough Shannagh and (briefly) Banns Road - 650m total ascent.

Pic of the week

Miners Hole River
Waterfalls on Miners Hole River which runs from Slieve Muck down to Miners Hole in Silent Valley.

Ulster Way and Fofanny Dam

Cedars walkers enjoy a break by the roadside after a walk which took them past Fofanny dam and water treatment works.