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.

Feb
19
Sun
Roe Valley Country Park @ Roe Valley County Park
Feb 19 @ 10:30 – 16:00

Time:
10.45am at Mynt.
12.30pm at Roe Valley County Park (Dog Leap Centre)

Distance: 3/5miles mostly on the level depending on which walk you wish to take. Refreshments are available in the cafe at the Centre.

This walk is ideal for initiation into Out & About: bring your friends and family!

Google link for Dog Leap Centre: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode&q=Dog+Leap+Centre+Limavady&sll=37.0625%2C-95.677068&sspn=48.77566%2C78.837891&ie=UTF8&hq=Dog+Leap+Centre&hnear=Limavady%2C+UK&ll=55.021626%2C-6.948509&spn=0.067016%2C0.15398&z=13

The Roe Valley Country Park is an interesting place, and very beautiful indeed. The park occupies a narrow strip of land on both sides of the River Roe. The river has had an interesting role to play over the past 6 centuries in shaping the linen industry of the area, though on a small scale, compared with places like Upperlands. And the industry declined here earlier, presumably with competition from larger mills. All along this river are remnants of its industrial past, mills, watch huts, mill races, weirs and evidence of water power changing to steam. As if that was insufficient use of the river in times past, it was also the site of the first hydroelectric plant in N Ireland, supplying electric power to nearby Limavady. Very fashionable in these times as it turns out!
We will assemble in the car park near the Dog Leap Centre, to walk along the western bank of the river. There is a lot to observe, both about the vegetation and the remnants of buildings and mill races. The river is slow flowing in places and goes through mini rapids in others. As we walk further along upstream, the river runs through a deep gorge, and we will cross the river over a footbridge, climbing up the side of the gorge on the eastern side of the Roe to reach Carrick Parish Church. It seems so remote, perched on the side of the tree lined gorge.
We will descend down the side of the gorge from the ancient churchyard to the sandy shore of the Roe. It is a short walk back to the Dog Leap Centre, The Centre had clean toilets, a visitor centre which was closed last year for redecoration and a restaurant of which we availed last year for sustenance before returning home.

Mar
18
Sun
Sallagh Braes and Agnews Hill, Antrim Hills
Mar 18 @ 10:30 – 17:30

Meet: 10.30am Mynt
Leave Mynt at 10.45am sharp!

    Or meet at Lindford Car Park adjoining the Sallagh Braes – OS Map Sheet 9 – 335-0725

    This is an interesting and easy linear walk (about 10km long) so we will need to park cars at either end of the walk.

    Best route from Belfast is to head north along the M2. Then take the A8 towards Larne.
    Cars without passengers should head straight to the car park on Shane’s Hill Road (A36).
    Google ref for this road is http://maps. google.co. uk/maps?f= q&source=s_q&hl=en&q=Shanes+Hill+ Rd,+County+ Antrim,+United+ Kingdom&sll=54.884063, -5.883007&sspn=0.016811, 0.038495&ie=UTF8&cd=1&geocode=FfGiRAMd- uql_w&split=0&hq=&hnear=Shanes+ Hill+Rd,+ County+Antrim, +United+Kingdom&ll=54.827392, -5.903778&spn=0.139624, 0.307961&z=12&iwloc=A
    [Turn left off the A8 onto the A36 at Kilwaughter; continue for 5-6 km; after the junction with the Upper Ballyboley Road, look for the lay-by on the A36, just beside the forest.]
    Wait for the other cars to arrive from Linford – and if possible, offer the drivers a lift to Linford.
    Cars with passengers should drive to Linford:
    [Follow the A8 towards Larne; turn left onto the B148 in the direction of Cairncastle; in Cairncastle, turn left onto the Ballycoose Road leading to Feystown Road, heading for Linford; continue uphill until the saddle where there’s a car park on the left at Linford enclosures.] Google ref for Feystown Rd (marker is too far along it, but you will not mistake the Sallagh Braes as they are so distinctive! ):- http://maps. google.co. uk/maps?f= q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Feystown+Rd, +Glenarm, +Ballymena, +County+Antrim+ BT44,+United+ Kingdom&sll=54.930226, -5.953913&sspn=0.069634, 0.15398&g=Feystown+Rd, +Glenarm, +Ballymena, +County+Antrim+ BT44,+United+ Kingdom&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Feystown+ Rd,+Glenarm, +Ballymena, +County+Antrim+ BT44,+United+ Kingdom&ll=54.957216, -6.008835&spn=0.069588, 0.15398&z=13
    The plan is for all cars to let passengers dismount at Linford, and the drivers will then drive to the car park on the A36, where they will leave their cars. Drivers can then pile into as few cars as possible, and return to the car park at Linford.
    Whilst cars are being parked at Shane’s Hill, all passengers will have a chance to visit the enigmatic earthworks at Linford: http://irishantiqui ties.bravehost. com/antrim/ linford/linford. html
    We should also have time to check out the cairn on the other side of the road:
    http://ads.ahds. ac.uk/catalogue/ search/fr. cfm?rcn=NISMR- ANT035:003
    When the drivers return, the walk can begin [estimated time ca. 12:30].
    Maps for the Antrim Hills way can be downloaded from http://www.walkni. com/Walk. aspx?ID=51
    Starting from the car park at Linford, we will head past the enclosures, and then uphill onto Knockdhu (tr. black hill).
    This is an inland promontory fort cut off from the surrounding land by a combination of ditches and banks, 300m long. See http://ads.ahds. ac.uk/catalogue/ search/fr. cfm?rcn=NISMR- ANT035:005
    The site was excavated by archaeologists from Time Team and Queens University Belfast in 2008:
    http://www.channel4 .com/history/ microsites/ T/timeteam/ 2009/knock/ index.html
    During the excavation, four roundhouses were discovered (and another 18 possible roundhouses identified). A scattering of rough flints suggests the site was used during the middle Bronze Age (ca. 2000 BC).
    From Knockdhu, we will proceed along the top of the Sallagh Braes, a vast natural amphitheatre. The views from here are spectacular on a good day.
    We will follow the Ulster Way south-south- west from Sallagh Braes. The path heads over peat, then farmland, until we reach the base of Agnew’s Hill. After a tough, but short, ascent, we will head south along the top of Agnew’s Hill, then Hightown, and finally descend gently onto the track leading to the A36 and the awaiting cars.
    Afterwards, we can head to Ballygally castle for a drink / meal.

Oct
7
Sun
Rostrevor Forest Park – Slieve Martin, Slievefadda, Knockshee (Hill of the Fairies), Slievemeen, Cloghmore Stone and Fiddlers Green (the Mournes)
Oct 7 @ 10:30 – 17:30

Meet at Mynt car park 10:30am
Or at Rostrevor Forest Park upper car park at 12.15-12.30pm

Moderate and easy walks

There are two walks planned to suit different levels of fitness, both starting and ending at the Upper Carpark at Rostrevor Forest Park (on the scenic drive).
We will set out together to walk through the forest to the summit of Slieve Martin. From there, those who wish to take the longer option will walk via Slievefadda down to Knockshee while the remainder will walk via Slievemeen and Fiddler’s Green back to the car park. There are no particularly steep inclines with either walk. The views over the Cooley Mountains and Carlingford Lough are spectacular.

These walks range from moderate to easy but it is essential that appropriate footwear is worn as it is over rough terrain(no trainers).

As the days get shorter, the walks get easier, though this one is perhaps longer than some.

It’s at the very southern part of the Mournes with splendid views of Carkingford Lough and the Cooleys beyond. We’re walking out to Knockshee from the upper car park at Rostrevor Forest Park. This hill, is rather special, as the name implies!  Knockshee translates as “Hill of the Fairies”. It has a mystical look and feel about it, as well as being a wonderful place for a picnic overlooking Carlingford. Slievefadda ( on the way to Knockshee) translates as the “Long Mountain” – it is also mercefully long and flat.

Nov
4
Sun
Black Hill (above Cairncastle) to Glenarm (the Antrim Hills)
Nov 4 @ 10:30 – 17:30

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. 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, and that’s important!

Feb
16
Sun
Roe Valley
Feb 16 @ 10:30 – 17:15

Time: 10.30am at Mynt.
12.15pm at Dog Leap Centre, Roe Valley County Park

Distance: 3/5miles mostly on the level depending on which walk you wish to take. Refreshments are available in the cafe at the Centre.

Google link for Dog Leap Centre: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode&q=Dog+Leap+Centre+Limavady&sll=37.0625%2C-95.677068&sspn=48.77566%2C78.837891&ie=UTF8&hq=Dog+Leap+Centre&hnear=Limavady%2C+UK&ll=55.021626%2C-6.948509&spn=0.067016%2C0.15398&z=13

The Roe Valley Country Park is an interesting place, and very beautiful indeed. The park occupies a narrow strip of land on both sides of the River Roe. The river has had an interesting role to play over the past 6 centuries in shaping the linen industry of the area. All along this river are remnants of its industrial past, mills, watch huts, mill races, weirs and evidence of water power changing to steam.

We will assemble in the car park near the Dog Leap Centre, to walk along the western bank of the river. There is a lot to observe, both about the vegetation and the remnants of buildings and mill races. The river is slow flowing in places and goes through mini rapids in others. As we walk further along upstream, the river runs through a deep gorge, and we will cross the river over a footbridge, climbing up the side of the gorge on the eastern side of the Roe to reach Carrick Parish Church. It seems so remote, perched on the side of the tree lined gorge.

We will descend down the side of the gorge from the ancient churchyard to the sandy shore of the Roe. It is a short walk back to the Dog Leap Centre. At this point, those who wish to, can take refreshment at the Centre cafe, and the rest of us can walk on further, probably another two miles. This part of the walk is spectacular in places as the Roe again flows through a gorge. The path conveniently brings us back to the Centre. The Centre had clean toilets, a visitor centre and the restaurant I’ve alluded to.

This walk is an ideal introduction to Out & About: bring your friends and family!

Feb
15
Sun
Divis / Black Mountain – Belfast Hills
Feb 15 @ 10:30 – 16:15

Meet at Dunbar Link Car Park – 10.30 am
Or at National Trust Car Park at 11.15am – Minor road off the B38 Upper Springfield Road, off the A55 Outer Ring
Parking: free
Google link for this cara park at 12 Divis Road:
https://goo.gl/maps/K6M8D

For information about the Belfast Hill, you canvisit http://belfasthills.org/ or http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/divis-and-black-mountain/

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
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.

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/…

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.

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

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.

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