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.

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

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/…

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
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:
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[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

Jan
8
Sun
Portrush by train
Jan 8 @ 10:00 – 17:55

Meeting at: Central Station Belfast at 10.00am (Train leaves Central at 10.20am)
Or train leaving Gt Victoria St at 10.10am
Or at Portrush at 12noon
Distance: 3/4 miles
Finish at 2.15pm approx for refreshments
Return from Portrush at 5.05pm or an earlier train
Arrival at Belfast, Central at 6.39pm (you can go on to Gt Victoria Street).
Fare (ask for Tracker Return to Portrush at £7, a bargain)

This walk has become a tradition for the club.
The train journey together gives us the opportunity to catch up on the news. When we reach Portrush, we will walk via Ramore Head and the town itself to the East Strand and follow the beach ’til we reach the White Rocks where we will have lunch. There are places here to shelter from any wind, though in previous years we have always been blessed with lovely weather. It may be cold, so wrap up tight, bring food and a warm drink. When we return to the town, there are good venues for a snack (some of our number are partial to fish and chips) and those customary refreshments.

Jan
22
Sun
Castleward (perimeter walk)
Jan 22 @ 10:15 – 17:00

Meeting at: Dunbar link at 10.15am or at Loughshore car park (Audleystown Rd) at 11.30am

http://www.walkni.com/walks/630/castle-ward-boundary-trail/

http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/Castle-Ward-Boundary-Trail-P23166

This is a large country estate on the shores of Strangford Lough, some 850 acres, and there are plenty of places to walk on it.

We will finish off the day at The Hole in the Wall in Strangford village.

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

Jul
29
Sat
Pride Walk- from Barnett’s Park- Lagan Valley , Giants Ring, Minnowburn Wood, the Secret Garden and Shaws Bridge
Jul 29 @ 10:45 – 15:45

THE OUT & ABOUT ANNUAL PRIDE WALK

Get your shoes on, and enjoy a relaxing walk along the Lagan Valley and its surrounding countryside and hear about its history.

Meet at the Dunbar Link car park at 11.45am: Malone House (Barnett’s Park) car park at 12.15pm. We should be back there by 3.30pm.  You do not need to book-just turn up at one of the meeting points and bring your friends.

Depending on the day, we would walk along the river and over the fields to the Giants Ring for a picnic, visiting the secret garden above the river at Minnowburn prior to returning to the car park. Spot the troll-like giant wooden sculptures on your way through Minnowburn Wood. This walk is all on paths.
Please wear sturdy shoes, trainers or boots, and, depending on the forecast, bring along a waterproof jacket, plus a simple packed lunch and some water.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/159535226733/

 

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/

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.