Calendar of Events

Please note: The time displayed in the summary of each event (usually 10:30) is the time we meet at the initial meeting point (usually Dunbar Link car park) and NOT the time the group will be at the starting point of the walk. Please read the walk description for full details.

Aug
20
Sun
Spellack, Meelmore, Bearnagh (Slievenaglogh), Mournes
Aug 20 @ 10:15 – 17:45

Meeting Point: 10.15am at Exchange Street car park, Belfast

Starting Point: 12noon at Meelmore Lodge,Trassey Rd, Newcastle
Starting Point: (Grid Ref: OS map ” the Mournes” J305 308)

“A” Walk will include Spellack and Meelmore, joining the others before climbing Bearnagh

Distance: Walks both 9km, one more difficult than the other

Google Ref for Meelmore Lodge- http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Meelmore+Lodge&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=18.755894,39.418945&ie=UTF8&hq=Meelmore+Lodge&hnear=&z=13&iwloc=A

This will see us starting from Meelmore Lodge Amenity Area with a choice of exciting walks. However depending on numbers and range of fitness, we may decide to stay together in one group.

Bearnagh is one of the most striking mountains in the range, and has a wow factor!
Those who like to push ahead will tackle Spellack and then made the ascent to Meelmore, descend to the base of Bearnagh at the Mourne Wall. The other group (B walk) will walk up from the Trassey Track to join the others. From here we will reach the summit tors of Bearnagh. We then descend to Hare’s Gap, and again there is a choice to go further on along the wall to reach Slievenaglogh, returning to Meelmore Lodge via an old quarry track.

This is an annual fixture on our walking calendar and one of the most interesting and varied walks. It’s only fair to point out that some of the slopes are steep, but safe. It’s a very rewarding walk with stupendous views.

Sep
3
Sun
Eagle Mountain, Slievemoughanmore and Pigeon Rock
Sep 3 @ 10:15 – 18:15

Meeting Point:  10.15am at Exchange Street Car Park, Belfast 
Starting Point:  12noon at Car Park on Moyad Rd (Spelga Dam to Kilkeel) before reaching Crocknafeola Wood (watch for a small car park to your right just below rock climbing face of Pigeon Rock Mountain(Grid Ref for start and finish): OS map ” the Mournes” J271- 235)

“A” Walk will include above three mountains with a distance of 8Km

“B” Walk will exclude Slievemoughanmore and Pigeon Rock with a distance of 7Km

This is a favourite  walk for many in our club, starting from a small carpark close to the the Whitewater River and just below a popular rock climbing cliff on the eastern side of Pigeon Rock Mountain. We follow one of the many disused cart tracts used in the past to transport granite from scattered small quarries on this mountain. We descend into the Attical Valley and climb the lower end of Eagle Mountain. The walk along the side of the valley is a gradual climb on to the summit of Eagle Mountain with spectacular panoramic views. We first meet Batts Wall at this point, following it downwards and eastwards into Windy Gap. At this point the “B” Walk will branch off to follow the path down the Attical Valley, and returning back to the car park over the southern flank of Pigeon Rock Mountain. The “A” Walk will climb Slievemoughanmore which is quite steep, following Batts Wall all the time until we reach the bottom of Pigeon Rock Mountain. This mountain is easy to climb. On reaching the summit, we descend to the Whitewater River, following it the short distance back to the car park.

For further information, contact Colin Flinn at colinflinn@hotmail.co.uk or ring/text 07788748569

Sep
17
Sun
The Cooley Mountains (with Dublin Group)
Sep 17 @ 10:15 – 18:45

Meet at Exchange Street car park at 10am, departing at 10.15am sharp!

Or Windy Gap/ Long Womans Grave at 11.30 am

Windy Gap. Grid ref: J 129 138. Coordinates: N54.06111 W6.27466.

We will split into two groups to give choice of more and less challenging walks. It’s good to get a break from the Mournes from time to time and this is a lovely range of mountains. Last time we walked from Carlingford up into the mountains. Please note that this walk is from the other end of this part of the Cooleys starting at Windy Gap, so please don’t drive down to Carlingford!
A lovely walk with one or two short steep climbs.

Oct
15
Sun
Ballybooley, Sallagh Braes, Co Antrim
Oct 15 @ 10:15 – 11:15

Details to follow

Nov
12
Sun
The Dungonnel Way, Cargan, Antrim Glens
Nov 12 @ 10:15 – 17:15

Car park at junction of Corporation Street and Exchange Street,
Time : 10.15am
or at Dungonnell Reservoir at the carpark near the dam wall at 11.35am.

Details
The Dungonnel Way circles the village of Cargan in mid-Antrim. Leave Ballymena on the A43 Cushendall Road. After the village of Martinstown, you will enter the village of Cargan and turn
immediately right onto the Gortnageeragh Road. Continue on until you reach the Dungonnell Road and follow this into the NI Water Dungonnell Reservoir. There is a carpark near the dam wall. We will meet up there to begin walking the Dungonnell Way in an anti-clockwise direction.

Once we come out of the forest onto the A43 road near The Rock House we will take a short-cut (marked in green on the map below) to avoid the wet section of the walk and to allow us to visit
Parkmore Railway Station. Parkmore Railway station is an interesting photo opportunity for those keen on industrial heritage, railways and civil architecture. After Parkmore Railway station, we quickly regain the Skerry East Road and walk through the old mining district. The landscape will be marked by bogey lines, spoil heaps and adits. As we get closer again to Cargan village we will see the ruins of the wheelhouse used to transport ore by bucket line from the mines to the “main” railway station in the village. The final section of the walk is from the village back up to the carpark at the reservoir.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parkmore_railway_station
http://www.walkni.com/walks/328/dungonnell-way/

Nov
26
Sun
Lecale Coastal Walk from Ballyhornan
Nov 26 @ 10:15 – 16:45

Meet at Exchange/Corporation Street at 10.15am
or Ballyhornan car park, Killard Road, Ballyhornan at 10.50am
google link for the village: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?oe=UTF-8&ie=UTF8&om=1&msa=0&! ;z=8&hl=en&mid=zRYnEC2uG7_o.kEojs2xcY5Dc The carpark is near the junction with Rocks Rd.

We leave cars at Ballyhornan, drive the mile or 2 or so out to Killard nature reserve and start the walk from there. We’ll  follow the coastal path past Ballyhornan, out to Holy Wells and loop back to Ballyhornan. Should take 31/2 to 4 hours

Cabin pub just around the corner from the car park!

Parts of the walk similar to north Antrim coastal route also signs of recent subsidence, mans attempt to reclaim land and hold back the inevitable and some beautiful seabirds. Cattle graze freely along parts of the route but weren’t that bothered by me. Or my bright red coat! Home to some rare butterflies and an interesting German lady who has had many’s a battle with local farmers during her 15 years in NI in an attempt to preserve the route. If time allows can also have a look at the ruin of an old windmill, the last of 3 that still appear on maps of the area.”

Here are some websites you can view

http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/uk/killard.html#cr

http://www.walkni.com/walks/209/killard-national-nature-reserve/

Dec
10
Sun
Cavehill to Divis, Belfast Hills
Dec 10 @ 10:15 – 15:15

We leave Exchange/Corporation Street car park at 10.15am by car and we will start walking from the front door of Belfast Castle at 10.45am. sharp. This is close to the shortest day in the year!

The walk takes us in a southerly direction through Cavehill Country Park to reach the Hightown Road. We walk on the green verge down the Hightown Road to the horseshoe bend on the Crumlin Road. There we can stop to admire or poke fun at the latest in arty Belfast –
http://artscouncil-ni.org/…/new-public-sculpture-celebrates…
http://belfasthills.org/new-sculpture-unveiled-belfast-hil…/
https://aajpress.wordpress.com/…/origin-belfast-a-conceptu…/

We walk up the Crumlin Road on a footpath for a short distance to reach Ligoniel Country Park. We walk through the park, cross the village and exit via the parks around the old mill dams on the south side of the village. We can take a look at where the new pedestrian bridge for walkers which will eventually cross the Forth River will be located before fording the river (I’ll put my cloak down for those in pumps) to reach Glencairn. At Glencairn we climb up through an old British Army fort (no, the squaddies are all long gone) from the 1970s to reach Divis Mountain and eventually the coffee shop. At the coffee shop we will ring for taxis from Gransha Taxis at 028 9060 2092 (go on put it in your mobile phone now) in order to get back across the city to Belfast Castle again. Estimated walking time is four to four and a half hours so we will be leaving the castle at 10.45am sharp. There will be no charge for the petrol money to Belfast Castle but each walker will have to share in the cost of the taxi, estimated at around £4.00 a head.