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: 


September Walk – Causeway Coast

Posted by Kieran | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 18-08-2016

Antrim Coast Walk – 4th September 
Our September walk will be along the north Antrim coast. Our walk will follow last years very successful route from Portballintrae towards Ballintoy harbour – approximately 19 km (12 miles) mostly on flat terrain. Please note the slightly later start time, this is because it will take approx 1 hour 30 min to reach Portballintrae from Belfast

Meet-up :- 10.15-10.30 am at the council car park in Portballintrae (near the golf course) there are toilets & a shop there, which hopefully will be open. The car park is free to use unlike the Giants Causeways which is a tad expensive 

Walk Details :- we intend to walk along the coast with the westerly winds on our back to help us along. We will walk to Ballintoy harbour where we will have left one car which will ferry the drivers back to Portballintrae 

Important:- to facilitate this walk we would need someone to leave their car at Ballintoy harbour and someone to transport the driver to the starting point at Portballintrae, so anyone would like to volunteer please let us know. 

Also remember that we should try to car sharing as much as possible

For anyone with a Sat Nav, the car park address is 67 Beach Rd, Bushmills BT57 8RT, UK

Please note that all new walkers are welcome

Slieve Gullion – 30th July 

Posted by Kieran | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 17-07-2016

Our next walk will be to ever popular Slieve Gullion, please note that due to holidays etc that this walk wil not be on the first Sunday of August but on the last Sunday of July 

Where:- Our next walk will be to Slieve Gullion on Sunday 30th July

When :- We will assemble 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 be retiring 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.
The drive should take around an hour. Please let me know if anyone needs directions

Holiday “walk and soup”

Posted by Kieran | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 07-07-2016

Some of us who are not away next week thought that we might try a short evening walk next Thursday 14th July,  a walk with a bowl of soup at the end.

Date:- 14th July
Time:- 6pm

Place:- Drumbeg Car Park (opposite the Drumbeg Parish Church), Upper Malone Rd

Walk Details:-  We will walk around the periphery of Lady Dixon Park and end up returning to the cars through the International Rose Trials. Rose Week is the following week and the roses should be near their best. We recommend stout shoes or boots in case the paths get muddy and the grass wet.

Timing:- The walk should take about an hour and a half, with the last half hour walking through the rose gardens. We then intend to adjourn to Bob Stewart’s pub restaurant and get some chowder.

 If I know how many are coming I will try to book a table for us all.

July Walk – Carlingford 

Posted by Kieran | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 20-06-2016

July’s walk will be held on 3rd July and it will be to the Cooley mountains near Carlingford, famed by the legendary Setanta / Cu Chulainn 

Meetup – We will meet in the main car-park in Carlingford on Sunday 3rd July at 10.00 am, we estimate the walk will take about five hours including a stop for lunch
Walk Details – We will begin in the village and take a walk firstly through the forest before climbing to the top of the Cooley Mountain from where there are the most spectacular views of the surrounding area. We will return a different way via the Famine village so the walk will be circular and begin and end in the car-park in Carlingford.
Car Sharing – folks we should try to car share wherever possible, if anyone wants a lift or can offer a lift can they let us know at

If any new walkers want to join us just drop us an email or meet us in the carpark in Carlingford