Slieve Gullion – 7th May

Posted by Kieran | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 22-04-2017

May’s walk will be to Slieve Gullion, which we haven’t walked for quite a while, so it will be nice to re-visit an old favourite 

We will meet-up at the main car park of the visitors centre at Slieve Gullion at 10:00am. There are toilets facilities etc available in the main visitor centre but the cafe may not be open until later

We shall return to the lovely courtyard of the visitors centre after the walk for some après walk drinks
The walk should take around 5 hours and offers stunning views of the south Armagh countryside
Car Sharing:- If anyone needs or can offer a lift can they let us know ASAP, so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

April 2nd – Fair Head Cliff Top Walk

Posted by Kieran | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 26-03-2017

For our first walk of Spring proper and with the stretch in the days we are going on a new walk which Paula has previously walked – FAIR HEAD AND MURLOUGH BAY North East Antrim coastal/cliff top walk

This walk starts and finishes in a very small car park with no facilities, therefore Paula suggests we meet up in Ballycastle first, then travel in as few cars as possible to the carpark at the start of the walk – about 2-3 miles outside of Ballycastle.

We will be starting from the upper car park at Murlough Bay. The walk goes downhill, along the coast in a loop, before we take a twisting path through woodland to the top of the escarpment again. The bay is really beautiful and remote – those who watch Game of Thrones should recognise it! This part of the walk will probably take 2½ to 3 hours and at this point we pass by the cars.

The next part of the walk involves minimal ascents and descents, as we stay on the top of the cliffs, taking an out-and-back walk along the cliff tops at Fair Head. Hopefully we will get a clear day, as the views of Rathlin and across to Scotland really are stunning.

Finally, return to Ballycastle for refreshments.

Meet-up:- Main car park in Ballycastle at 10.15 where we try to leave some cars, leaving Ballycastle at 10.30 for Murlough Bay

If anyone needs or can offer lifts please let us know

5th March – Dundrum 10.30

Posted by Kieran | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 24-02-2017

For our March walk we are going to walk Section 6 of the Lecale Way from Dundrum to Newcastle.

See below for link / map of the Lecale Way, we are going to walk Section 6 of the Lecale Way

This walk goes largely along the coastline and through Murlough Nature Reserve and if the day is good there are stunning views of the Mournes to be seen.

Our plan is to leave our cars parked at Dundrum, walk to Newcastle, where we will have lunch, before returning to Dundrum to pick up our cars and have a little post walk refreshment.

We will meet up at Dundrum public carpark which is opposite the Church. There are three car parks on your left,the first car park is the scene of a large car boot sale, the second one is a private one for the church and the last one is the public car park. This is the one in which we shall meet at 10.30am on Sunday 5th March. To avoid high tide, we will need to start our walk fairly punctually

We would encourage car sharing so if you need a lift or can offer one please reply.

As it would be useful to ensure we don’t start without everybody let us know if you intend to come on this walk.

February Walk – Divis 

Posted by Kieran | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 20-01-2017

Our February walk will take place on Sunday 5th. We will meet up at the main Divis car park at 10.00 am.

We hope to walk over the bog behind Divis mountain,  stopping for lunch at the old house near the quarry before traversing the slopes towards the new ridge trail. The majority of this walk will be off paths so boots will be required 

If any new walkers want to join us for this walk just meet up with us at the car park 

First Walk of 2017

Posted by Kieran | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 30-12-2016

Happy New Year to you all

For our first walk of 2017 we are are going on a coastal walk from Bangor to Holywood along the North Down coastal path. This will be a linear walk, i.e. one way. We thought it would be nice to take the train to Bangor and to walk back towards Holywood.

We shall meet at the train station at Bangor at 10.15 on Sunday 8th January. The easiest way to get there is to take the train from Belfast or Holywood, where you can park your car

The train time are 

  • Lisburn 9.08
  • Dunmurry 9.18
  • Finaghy 9.21
  • Balmoral 9.23
  • Belfast Central 9.40
  • Holywood 9.53

The trains back from Holywood are at 47 minutes past the hour, so there are trains at 15.47, 16.47 and so on until later in the evening.

You can check the train timetable on the NIR site Translink

If anyone wants to drive then go to Holywood where there is normally plenty of parking at the station on a Sunday and get the same train which stops there at 9.53. 

We would plan to have refreshments in the cafe at Crawfordsburn Country Park and finish in the Dirty Duck with a drink and some people may stay for a meal.

Further information on this walk can be found on the walkni site Walk-NI

Post Christmas Walk

Posted by Kieran | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 26-12-2016

We would like to wish everyone a Peaceful and Happy Christmas 

To help work off a little Turkey we are organising a short walk on Tuesday 27th December on Divis Mountain starting at 10.30 am

Meet-up :- Divis carpark at 10.30am

Hope to see you all there

Christmas Walk & Dinner

Posted by Kieran | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 10-11-2016

Our Christmas walk and dinner will be held on Saturday 3rd December, we will be going back to the Ballymac Hotel which has proved very popular with everyone 

Walk Details :– we will meet up at 1pm at the Divis car park for a short 3 hour walk around Divis and the Ridge Trail so bring a flask for a cuppa

Dinner :- We have booked the Ballymac Hotel for dinner, we are scheduled to sit for dinner at 7pm so could we ask everyone to be at the hotel for 6.30pm for aperitifs 

I will put up the Christmas menu from the hotel later in the week

For catering purposes, could we ask that people let us know if they are going to join us for dinner before Monday 28th November. 

Colin / Slievenacloy – 6th November

Posted by Kieran | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 25-10-2016

Our November walk will be a circular walk, starting at the Farmers Inn we will take 2-3 cars and park them near the quarry on the Flowbog road, before crossing the road and walking up Priests Hill, skirting Slievnacloy and walking through the woods before stopping for lunch at the top of Colinglen waterfall, before returning home, this walk should last around 4-5 hours.

Meet-up :- Farmers Inn car park at 10.00 am on Sunday 6th November

Après Drinks :- Farmers Inn, for a cup of tea or maybe one of their famous burger + a pint for £6

Come along for the first walk of the  winter 

Dates For Your Diary

Posted by Kieran | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 05-10-2016

Important dates are as follows:

22nd October. There will be a one year anniversary mass for Liam Kelly in St Bridget’s Church, Derryvolgie Ave, Malone Rd at 12 noon on Saturday 22nd.

23rd October We will meet at Divis and take a short two hour walk up Black Mountain in memory of Liam as it was his favourite place to walk and then for those who don’t have to rush home we can go for a quick drink in the Farmer’s 

6th November. This will be the date of our November Walk and currently a walk in North Antrim is being planned

3rd December. We have provisionally booked Christmas Dinner in the Ballymac Hotel for this Saturday night in early December. Put the date in your diary now to prevent clashes with other Christmas events. 

2nd October – Mournes

Posted by Kieran | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 18-09-2016

Before the days shorten and the winter creeps in, we are going to do a Mournes walk. Paula has walked a nice route which should be perfect for our group, it is the HEN, COCK AND PIGEON ROCK walk, it will be on Sunday 2nd October, with a meetup at 10 am, with a 10.15 am start

Walk Details
:- This area of the Mournes seems to be less busy than some of the areas further east. This walk involves three peaks, although none of them are particularly high or difficult. However, there is still the challenge of a good walk involving three mountains. If we get a clear day, the views are really spectacular. The uphill climbing should be completed by lunchtime, then the return walk is on a stony path gently sloping downhill. The walk should take us about 5 hours, including lunch, bearing in mind that we will probably take the ascents at a gentle, steady pace.

 Getting there and meeting up :- This walk is in the far west of the Mournes, so the best way to get there from Belfast is to take the motorway south, head for Banbridge, then Rathfriland then Hilltown. There is a main crossroads in Hilltown; take the left turning which will be the Kilkeel Road. After a couple of miles, there is another crossroads. Take the right turn and almost immediately you will see Sandybank car park on your right. This is where we are meeting up. Right in front of you will be Hen Mountain, our first peak. Note: There are no toilets in the car park (although there are some bushes nearby for the less modest).

Link on walkni website for more information: