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

Oct
30
Sun
Sallagh Braes and Agnews Hill
Oct 30 @ 10:30 – 17:00

Ulster Way, Co. Antrim: Knockdhu, Sallagh Braes, Agnew’s Hill

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 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:
href=”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” target=”_blank”>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

Feb
5
Sun
Slieve Croob
Feb 5 @ 10:15 – 16:45

Meet: Dunbar link car park at 10.15am or at Slieve Croob car park at 11.30am

Distance: approx 4/5 miles

Grid Ref for start: J300453 at Dree Hill car park

Walk NI ref http://www.walkni.com/Walk.aspx?ID=4

Map http://www.walkni.com/d/walks/4/Slieve%20Croob%20Area%20Map%202005.pdf

Because of sheep grazing, no dogs please!

Directions to get there-Belfast-Ballynahinch-turn right at the roundabout in the town to Dromara-drive straight through Dromara to Finnis (you will see a church on a hill in front of you, but before that, turn to the left over a bridge and take the next turn to the right) – at the top of the hill (a straight road climbing on to the flank of Slieve Croob to your left) there is a car park (Dree Hill) to your left with a tarmaced road up to the masts on Slieve Croob. This is the place to park your car.
On leaving the car park, we will walk along the access road to the masts to the summit of Slieve Croob. There is a fine view from here of all the surrounding countryside, with particularly fine views over the Mournes range. The walk is largely downhill from here over Slievemiskey to Slieve Croob Inn at Seeconnell.
Please wear clothing appropriate for this time of the year, stout walking boots and also bring a packed lunch with you.
This walk has an medium rating, some of it being over tarmac and rest over grazed hillside.
There’s a very pleasant pub in Dromara for the usual aprés walk refreshments.

Feb
19
Sun
Castlewellan Forest Park
Feb 19 @ 10:15 – 17:45

Meet at car park at the junction of Dunbar Link/Exchange Street/Corporation Street at 10.15am or in the Main Car-park at Castlewellan Forest Park at 11.15am

Distance – 4/5 miles all on paths

Estimated time for walk to finish: 4pm at the latest, followed by social time for those who wish to linger

In case you haven’t noticed, this is green walk, which we felt we should use as a sampler, or introduction to walking with Out&About.

Castlewellan Park will be known to many of you as the former estate of the Annesley family, wealthy landowners and very keen gardeners. As with most of these landowners, they built fine houses (in this case a large castle in the Scottish Baronial style) and in the manner of making sure that their aristocratic neighbours continued to be impressed, dug lakes, planted exotic trees, sent plant collectors principally to Asia to add new species to their gardens, built follies and hermitages and so forth. This family were so keen on gardening that one of them married bigamously the Head Gardener’s wife and a more recent one, the Head Gardener’s daughter!

This estate is blessed with a fine arboretum, which sadly has fallen into neglect, though there are plans to restore it and the walled gardens.

Mar
5
Sun
Slieve Roosley, Mournes
Mar 5 @ 10:15 – 17:00

Meet at car park at the junction of Dunbar Link/Exchange Street/Corporation Street at 10:15am or at Leitrim Lodge car park near Hiiltown, at 12 noon (near Batt’s Wood)
Distance-8 miles
Difficulty-moderate
Terrain – Low hills and moorlands. Mostly on good tracks and paths, but some parts can be wet, boggy and untrodden
To start with ww walk past the Mass Rock in Batt’s Wood, through Batt’s Wall and through the forest to the Yellow Water River. At this point, we leave the familiar track, head westwards across two public roads to follow the Scholar’s Pad over Slieve Roosley and Wee Roosley and back down again to the car park at Leitrim Lodge.
This walk gives an insight into past farming practices as the route passes a number of derelict farms and houses.
Please ensure that you wear proper footwear with plenty of grip as parts of this route may be slippery. Please also make sure that you have adequate food for lunch and plenty of water for hydration.

May
28
Sun
Binevenagh from Bellarena (by train)
May 28 @ 09:00 – 18:45

Out and About Hikers, Walk Information Sheet (WIS) 006

Binevenagh from Bellarena railway station in Derry.

Please ask for a tracker fare which is still £9 for the day.
Check timetables for other points to get on.http://www.translink.co.uk/Services/NI-Railways/Routes–Timetables/All-
Timetables/

We will travel by train departing Belfast Central Station at 9.20 arriving Bellarena station at 11.00am. giving us time to socialise, read the Sunday papers, play cards or prepare yourselves for the day ahead with energy drinks and snacks. So, let the train take the strain and give our faithful drivers a break!

There are two walks available –
The shorter walk is circular and begins and ends at Bellarena railway station.
The longer walk is linear and begins at Bellarena railway station and ends at Castlerock railway station.

Walk Description
Binevenagh is on a remarkable plateau overlooking the Magilligan
Peninsula with a view out over Lough Foyle to the Inishowen Peninsula of Co Donegal.

From the station we will walk up to the western end to the top of the plateau and after our descent from the eastern end there will be an option for a shorter walk back to Bellarena station to catch a Belfast bound train home. The shorter walk is about 6 miles in total.

The longer walk will take us on via the beach (no Bishop’s Road this year!) to catch the train from Castlerock.

Jun
11
Sun
Pigeon Rock, Hen and Cock in the Mournes (with Dublin group)
Jun 11 @ 10:15 – 19:00

We will be joined on this walk by our friends from Out and About Ireland. This is a moderate walk. If some people are interested in a more challenging walk this can be arranged on the day by including Slievemoughanmore. However the main focus is on the planned moderate walk so that as many people as possible can participate and enjoy a good day out on the hills.

Meet in Belfast at 10.15am in the Exchange St car park or meet at the Deers Meadow in the Mournes at 11.45am.

More detailed information is in the Walk Information Sheet which can be found here:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BxQC_VPe5sJlUDRoYmJucmgwSG8

Regards

Michael

Jul
9
Sun
Sawel and Dart, Sperrins
Jul 9 @ 10:15 – 19:00

There will be two walks on Sunday 9 July. Both walks will set out separately.

The longer walk will be free to make good time to reach the summit of Dart via the summit of Sawel and then return by the same route.

The shorter walk will go at an easier pace to the summit of Sawel and then return to the cars parked on the Sperrin Road by the same route.

Meet in Belfast at 10.15am in the Exchange St car park (we leave at 10.30am sharp) or meet on the Sperrin Road above Sperrin Village at 11.30am.

More detailed information is in the attached Walk Information Sheet (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxQC_VPe5sJlVlpXS2kwbEZmZzA/view)

Regards

Michael

Jul
23
Sun
Fairhead and Murlough Bay
Jul 23 @ 10:15 – 20:00

Fairhead and Murlough Bay on Sunday 23 July 2017.

On this year’s visit to Ballycastle we avoid the walk through the bracken between Marconi’s Cottage and Carrick More and instead we park the cars at Coolanlough car park and start walking near the top of the Grey Man’s path. We take in Murlough Bay both from the top of the cliffs and from the beach.

Please find attached a Walk Information Sheet and a guide on how to get to Coolanlough car park which is free. (Fair head car park is £3.00 per car per day.)

We meet at 10.15am in the Exchange Street car park on Sunday 23 July and we leave at 10.30am sharp. Alternatively you can meet us at the Coolanlough car park at Fairhead at 11.45am.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BxQC_VPe5sJlMFhfQ3FkVWJtT3M
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BxQC_VPe5sJlY1p4cDhMODJCNW8

Aug
6
Sun
Slieve Martin / Slievefadda / Knockshee (with Dublin Group)
Aug 6 @ 10:15 – 18:00

Sun 22nd September 2013 Slieve Martin / Slievefadda / Knockshee

Meet at Dunbar Link car park 10:15am
Or at Rostrevor Forest Park upper car park at 12.15-12.30pm

Moderate

This walk starts and ends at the Upper Car park at Rostrevor Forest Park (on the scenic drive). On your way along the coastal route towards Kilkeel, and on the edge of Rostrevor, look for the sign to your right for Kilbroney Park and Rostrevor Forest Park. Keep on straight up the rather steep road to the upper car park. We will walk from there up through the forest to Slieve Martin, and then by tracks and grasslands over Slieve Fadda to reach magical Knochshee. We will then return to the car park via Slievemeen, the Cloghmore Stone and Fiddler’s Green. There are no particularly steep inclines with either walk. The views over the Cooley Mountains and Carlingford Lough are spectacular.

This walk is moderate but it is essential that appropriate footwear is worn as it is over rough terrain (no trainers).

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/