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.

May
1
Fri
Donegal weekend away with Out&About Ireland
May 1 all-day

This is a weekend shared with our companion club in Dublin with which we walk on a regular basis. It will be based at the Errigal Hostel in Donegal from Friday 1st May until Monday 4th May.

There are potentially 21 places available to us. Deposits are needed by 21st Feb. £45 each (or 50 euro if preferred but not necessary) David has kindly agreed to take down monies can take as he will most likely be going down South on 13th Feb. The cost is very reasonable though you’ll have to add for food, but I stress the value of this as the deposit of £45 covers 3 nights accommodation! There are facilities to cook and to have cooking done, and obviously that will all affect final costs. but we can sort that further down the line. Deadline for payment is the 12th Feb. Please make it easy for us to plan this weekend.

View Errigal Hostel at http://www.hostelz.com/hostel/14743-Errigal-Hostel-An-Oige This is great walking country!

Its first come first serve. All deposits to David Gordon at norr45@hotmail.com. Email him first to make arrangements to drop the money into his office in Belfast City Centre. If you come unstuck, contact Colin: colinflinn@hotmail.co.uk

Jun
7
Sun
Carricklittle, Lamigan, Cove, Beg and Annalong Valley – Mournes
Jun 7 @ 09:30 – 17:00

Meet at Mynt car park 10:30am
Or at Carrick Little car park, Head Rd, Annalong at 12.15pm

While this is a more challenging walk, there is the possibility of a shorter easier walk-we can assess this on the day.

From Carrick Little, a track takes us past Annalong Wood and Blue Lough to the foot of Lammigan. From there we will climb Lammigan, Cove and Slieve Beg. If the conditions are favourable, some may wish to descend the Devils Coachroad to reach the rest of group as they walk along the track down the Annalong Valley to reach Carrick Little.

This walk is along the central High Mournes and thus takes in fabulous views of all the mountains in the range.

Please ensure that you wear proper footwear with plenty of grip as parts of this route are slippery. Please also make sure that you have adequate food for lunch and plenty of water for hydration.

Directions to Carrick Little
On the coast road from Newcastle to Annalong, about a mile short of Annalong, turn right into Quarter Rd at the filling station passing the Water Commissioners gates at the top of it where it becomes the Head Rd. You cross a hump back bridge and then follow the road to the car park on the right.

Jun
14
Sun
Lugnaquillia, Wicklow Mountains (with Dublin Group)
Jun 14 @ 09:00 – 20:00

 (This walk replaces the walk at Killard, Lecale, Co Down) 

This is advance notice of a change to our calendar of walks.  We thought that since the Dublin club was always visiting us, and since we were constantly being invited down, that the time had come to walk with them in the South.

Here are the details from their calendar:

COUNTY PEAKS CHALLENGE GATHERING – Lugnaquillia, Lat/Lon N52.98386 W6.55261 Grid S 973935 OS map 56

Where: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/52%C2%B059’01.9%22N+6%C2%B033’09.4%22W/@52.98386,-6.55261,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0?hl=en-GB

Meet at National Concert Hall Dublin at 10:00 or at Lugnaquillia at 11:15.

Hike Leaders: Grant, Shay

The website is http://www.gay-hiking.org/

It means that we either go down the night before or arrange to meet early in Belfast at 7.45am to be at National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2 for 10am to travel to the start point.

At this stage, please let me know who wishes to come down with us. You can contact me or our Chair, David Gordon at norr45@hotmail.com

Nov
1
Sun
Blackhill to Glenarm- Antrim Hills
Nov 1 @ 10:30 – 17:00

Meet: 10.30am Mynt Or meet at Lindford Car Park adjoining the Sallagh Braes at 11.45am – OS Map Sheet 9 – 335-0725

This is a linear walk so we will need to leave cars at Sallagh Braes Car Park and also Glenarm. This is the first of the easier walks which would suit those who prefer to walk on the flat. When we mention Blackhill, it’s really not a climb at all. In fact you are likely to say: “Is that it?”  The views from this walk take in the west coast of Scotland and some of the isles. Looking inland, Slemish stands out from the bogland surrounding it. The walk down Glenarm to the village is along the public road. Glenarm is a pretty little village with a few good pubs.

Nov
12
Thu
AGM
Nov 12 @ 19:00 – 20:30

Location: Community Room, 1st Floor, LGBT Centre, 9/13 Waring Street

In addition to electing a new committee and office bearers, we have a guest speaker, Claire Overend of Walking in Your Community who will talk about her work in promoting walking, particularly among harder to reach people. She will also show a film.
We propose to follow that with a discussion on club membership development, and if we have time, the new committee will stay behind to start on planning next year’s schedule of walks.

The new committee will get a preview of our new logo prior to the committee deciding how it is to be displayed.
Everyone is welcome to attend and give your thoughts and ideas.

Nov
15
Sun
Glenarriff- Antrim Glens
Nov 15 @ 10:30 – 18:00
Time: 10.30am at Mynt or
12.15pm at Glenariff Forest Park Car Park (at the top of the glen)

What a good start to our Winter Walking Programme! Glenariff, one of our best tourist attractions, is full of variety. David will assess the group as we meet, and will set the route for the day. We will undoubtedly stop at the Meeting of the Waters, and if the cafe overlooking it is open, we may be tempted in for some refreshments making our way up the glen alongside the river and climbing up on to the side of the ravine past the most spectacular waterfall in these parts.

As always appropriate footwear and warm and water proof clothing are a must.

Google Link for Glenariff Forest Park- http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/place?q=Glenariff+Forest+Park,+98+Glenariffe+Road,+Glenariffe&hl=en&cid=2613471771942605628 will

Web address for Glenariff Forest Park – http://www.bing.com/attractions/search?q=Glenariff+Forest+Park%2c+Glenariffe&qzattrid=w292259&qpvt=glenariff+forest+park&FORM=DTPATA

 

 

 

Nov
29
Sun
North Down Coastal Path
Nov 29 @ 10:15 – 15:45

Meet at Central Station at 10.20am:train leaves at 10.42am or any station along the line.

For those joining us for the start of the walk at Hollywood, the train arrives there at 10.55am.

(NOTE: we are NOT meeting at Mynt)

Trains return every hour from Bangor.

Please ask for the Tracker £7 fare

Note that we will not be meeting at Mynt this time, but at Central Station or Hollywood.

This walk is on well maintained paths, is very underrated and is worthy of a pre-Christmas walk.Parts of this walk are particularly beautiful, in the area of Helens Bay and Crawfordsburn. When we reach Bangor, we will have refreshments. We found a great hostelry last year and we probably will revisit it this year. The trains on the return are hourly, practically on the hour.

Dec
13
Sun
Ballyhornan and Killard Nature Reserve
Dec 13 @ 10:30 – 16:00

Meet at Dunbar Link/Dunbar St, beside Arnott’s at 10.30am or Ballyhornan car park, Killard Road, Ballyhornan at 11.50am

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’ll 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

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. 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.

Cabin pub just around the corner from the car park!

Here are some websites you can view

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

Dec
17
Thu
Killary, Mayo/Galway (with Dublin Group)
Dec 17 – Dec 20 all-day

Weekend away with the Dublin group.  Details to follow.

Feb
5
Fri
Annual Dinner
Feb 5 @ 19:00 – 22:00

Details to be confirmed

Mar
13
Sun
Troston from Glenariff – Antrim Hills
Mar 13 @ 10:30

Meet at Dunbar Link (formerly Mynt) car park 10:30am
Or at 12noon at lay-by opposite the entrance to Glenariff Forest Park

Please note the gathering place for starting this walk. Don’t go into the Glenariff Forest Park to park. Park on or off the main road directly opposite the main entrance to the Park.

This was a new walk on our calendar last year, and it was so good, we’ve decided to revisit .

For more information, go to http://mountainviews.ie/summit/361/…

Mar
17
Thu
Killary, Mayo/Galway (with Dublin Group)
Mar 17 – Mar 20 all-day

Weekend away with the Dublin Group.  Details to follow.

Apr
10
Sun
Slieve Donard and/or Slieve Commedagh, Mournes
Apr 10 @ 10:30 – 18:30

Meet at Dunbar Link (beside Arnotts) car park 10:30am
Or at 11.45am at the car park Donard Park Car Park, Newcastle.

We’ve a possibility of two walks here, Donard or Commedagh. Donard is the more challenging one, and is very busy as everyone wants to claim that they’ve climbed the highest mountain in Ulster. Commedagh is much easier. There isn’t much of a difference in the length of the walks; as you know it’s the height climbed which makes the difference. We will decide on the day who climbs what when we meet in Donard Park.

This time we are climbing the highest mountain in the province of Ulster. The views from it are over the Irish Sea and to the North on a clear day much of Counties Down and Antrim can be seen. To the West much of the High Mournes can be seen. Even in poor conditions, there is shelter behind one of the faces of the Mourne Wall.

I’ve offered to lead a walk to its smaller neighbour, Commedagh. Depending on conditions, I can take walkers along the Brandy Pad past the Commedagh Castles and the short distance over the Slieve Beg to marvel at the Devil’s Coach Road. We would retrace our steps and then climb Commedagh up past the top of the castles to the summit. This is an easy climb, so I’ve rebranded it moderate. Once at the top, the views are down the Annalong Valley, and once over that ever present Mourne Wall, we will descend on to Shanslieve before re-entering Donard Park. There’s a pub just beside the car park!

Apr
24
Sun
Cock and Hen, Pigeon Rock – Mournes @ Sandbank Road
Apr 24 @ 10:30 – 18:30

Meet: 10.30am Dunbar Link car park
or 11.45am at Car park on Sandbank Road.

The most direct way may be to Hilltown, passing the rather lovely granite built chapel to your left, and turning to your left at the T junction just before the road crossed the Bann and turns up into the town. There’s a series of roads branching off. Look to your right as you approach Hen, and travel along this road til you see the car park to your right, directly opposite the track leading up to Hen. We will then leave a car in this car park and travel up to the start of this walk at Spelga.

This will be a linear or rather a possible choice of two linear walks Cars will be left also at Deers meadow car park at the base of Pigeon Rock and also at the car park on Sandbank Road at Rockyriver Bridge (will organise this on the day). From Spelga Dam we will walk about 1/2 kilometre west on Kilkeel Road then descend and cross the River Bann and up Slievenamiskan and Cock Mountain. Dropping off the western side of Cock and then to Hen Mountain where we can have lunch.

From here a choice to go to the car park at Rockyriver Bridge or to take the track heading up the valley along the Rocky and Rowan Tree Rivers to the wall between Slievemoughhanmore and Pigeon Rock. Then head up Pigeon Rock picking up the cars a Deers Meadow car park.

The First walk would be described as a moderate walk a short steep walk up Slievenamiskan will be the most difficult part. The second walk is a moderate to difficult be virtue of the overall distance.

As always appropriate footwear and clothing are a must.

This walk provides views of some less well known areas to be seen and the jewel in the crown is definitely Hen Mountain with its amazing rock formations.

Map to car park

May
11
Wed
Belfast’s Cavehill – Evening Walk @ Belfast Castle
May 11 @ 19:00 – 20:45

With the settled weather there will be an additional walk this week over Belfast’s Cavehill. Meet up with Michael at 7.00pm on Wednesday 11 May at the door of Belfast Castle for an easy/moderate circular walk that will take around one and a half to two hours. Walking boots advised. A nice way to spend a summer’s evening.

May
27
Fri
Lagan and Botanic Gardens – Evening Walks
May 27 @ 19:00 – 20:45

This short walk of just shy of 3 miles takes us along the Lagan Towpath to Ormeau Bridge past the Chinese Welfare Association and into the Botanic Gardens.

The walk will end up with a picnic in Botanic Gdns. Weather permitting!

Jun
3
Fri
Cuilcagh & Marble Arch Caves (weekend away)
Jun 3 @ 17:00 – Jun 5 @ 18:00

Out&About (NI) – Weekend in Fermanagh – Fri 3rd June to Sun 5th June

The Out & About (NI) weekend in Fermanagh will be for the nights of Friday 3 June and Saturday 4 June 2016 returning home on Sunday. The self-catering accommodation will be in the Corralea Cottages, Belcoo, Co Fermanagh and will cost £45.00 per person for the two nights. Activities for the weekend, depending on the weather, could include a visit to Marble Arch caves, a walk on Cuilcagh Mountain, a visit to Florencecourt estate, a visit to Glencar waterfall in Co Sligo or a walk that takes in Eagle Rock in Co Leitrim. There are also good place in the area to while away an evening: gently put, I think.

Members can make a reservation for the weekend by paying the £45.00 to the club before 2pm on Fri 29th April.

Cash can be given directly to Colin, Neil or David

Jun
15
Wed
Redburn Country Park – evening walk
Jun 15 @ 19:00 – 20:30

This Wednesday, 15 June, the Out & About NI mid-week walk will be at Redburn Country Park which is signposted off the main Belfast to Holywood A2 road near Palace Barracks. Using this map as a reference:  http://www.walkni.com/d/walks/212/Redburn%20Country%20Park.pdf  – walkers can meet up with Michael in the carpark marked “Start/Finish P” (NOT the “Ardtullagh lane entrance” and NOT the “Additional parking here”). There may be a few showers about so bring light rain gear. There will be the usual educational commentary on the walk including a further instalment on the contribution of Lord B to history.

Jul
3
Sun
Rourke’s Park, Rocky, Chimney Rock and Blaeberry, Mournes
Jul 3 @ 10:30 – 18:30

Meet at Mynt car park 10:30am
Or at Water Commissioners Gates Head Rd, Annalong at 12.15pm

Parts of this walk are wet underfoot, so good footware with plenty of grip is essential. As always, this is really lovely walk with views over many of the higher mountains, such as Donard, Binnian and Commedagh. Please ensure that you bring a mid-day snack and plenty of liquids.
Directions to Water Commissioners Gates – On the coast road from Newcastle to Annalong, about a mile short of Annalong, turn right into Quarter Rd at the filling station passing the Water Commissioners gates at the top of it where it becomes the Head Rd. The Water Commissioner Gates are to your right after a sharp left hand bend

Grid Reference: J 357224 Map: Sheet 29

Starting from the Water Commissioners Gates, we approach Rocky Mountain along a lane (Rouke’s Park) and once we have reached bare mountainside we walk up a disused cart-track ’til we reach the foot of Rocky. No guesses here as to its industrial past. These mountains’ attraction was the short distance to ports such as Annalong or Kilkeel, making it easier to transport the newly cut slabs of granite to the ships which carried it to Liverpool. The quarries extend high up this mountain. Once at the top, we will then make the easy descent to the Mourne Wall. On crossing it, we will climb Chimney Rock Mountain, pass its “chimneys” to reach its summit above the Irish Sea, descending over a carpet of heather and blueberries via the Long Mountain and Blaeberry Mountain ’til we reach and cross Spences River, returning to the starting point over Long Seefin and Round Seefin

Google ref ( ignore the red pointer: Meet at the Water Commissioners Gates) : https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=Rorke’s+Park&hl=en&sll=54.131668,-5.926952&sspn=0.079157,0.154324&near=Head+Rd,+Newry,+Newry+and+Mourne+BT34+4HX,+UK&geocode=CS9VWsMouS8EFTPWOQMdbcik_ykNdcTq5CVhSDGeMC0jQkH37Q&t=m&z=13

Jul
17
Sun
Grey Man’s Path, Fair Head, Ballycastle
Jul 17 @ 10:15 – 19:00

For those wishing to meet in Belfast, we will meet at Dunbar Link/ Dunbar Street Car park (the usual place) at 10.15am and will leave for Ballycastle at 10.30am sharp. Please note that this is earlier than usual.Details of a place to meet near Ballycastle will be provided soon. Last year we met at the Harbour car park, but this year we will park closer to Fair Head.

Aug
28
Sun
Glendalough, Co Wicklow (with Dublin Group)
Aug 28 @ 09:00 – 20:00

Details to follow.

Sep
4
Sun
Eagle, Slievemoughanmore and Pigeon, Mournes
Sep 4 @ 10:30 – 18:00

Meeting Point:  10.30am at Dunbar Link 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.

Oct
2
Sun
Hare’s Gap, Ben Crom Reservoir, Mill River, Slievenaglogh and Green Rd from Meelmore Lodge
Oct 2 @ 10:30 – 17:30

Date: Sun 1st Oct 2017
Time: 11:30am to 5pm (The group will leave at 11:30am sharp to begin the walk)
Location: Mourne Mountains- Starting and finishing at Meelmore Lodge Car Park. (There is an option to meet in Belfast at 10:15am and car share. However this can be agreed with Michael when booking).
Length of Walk: The total length of the walk is approximately 8 miles long over heather, bog , grass and stone paths. The ascent from Meelmore Lodge to the Hare’s Gap is 240 metres and the ascent from the shore of Ben Crom reservoir to the Brandy Pad is 200 metres. The walk, including short breaks and lunch, will take from 5 to 6 hours to complete.
For more information :
http://www.ufrc-online.co.uk/out-about-hikers-invitation-walk/

Oct
29
Sat
Batts Wood, Pierces Castle and Rocky from Leitrim Lodge
Oct 29 @ 10:15 – 17:45

Meet at Corporation/Exchange Street/ Car Park at 10.15am
or Leitrim Lodge Car Park Sandbank Rd Hliitown at 12noon
Length – 5/6 miles   Finish – 4.30 pm approx

This a pleasant and varied walk along the lower slopes of the Western Mournes. We start off from Leitrim Lodge through Batt’s Wood to reach the Yellow Water River, the climbing up through the woods to reach the bare mountainside and Batt’s wall. This area is boggy and good waterproof footware is recommended! Pierces Castle is easily and quickly climbed, and from there we follow a route over Rocky Mountain to reach the car park again. For those who are tiring on reaching Pierces Castle, there is an option to follow the track down from Castle Bog to the car park. Those who want to have that longer walk, can continue over Tornumrock Mountain and then on to Rocky which overlooks the car park at Leitrim lodge.

Google link for Sandbank Rd