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 glenwalkers@gmail.com

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

Rathlin Island – 5th June

Posted by Kieran | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 11-05-2016

We will be returning to Rathlin Island on Sunday 5th June for one of our popular walks, especially now that the Puffin station has officially reopened. Our visit will also coincide with the last day of the Rathlin Maritime Festival, so expect lots of boating activity

When – Sunday 5th June, the ferry will be departing at 9.30am sharp, but I would recommend being at the ferry office by 9.00am to purchase tickets, please note that there are still major road works as they dual the A26 so give yourselves extra time

Where – We will be travelling to Rathlin Island to enjoy the natural scenery, try some of the new National Trust walks, watch Puffins and enjoy the maritime festival

Travel Information – We will take the 9.30 fast sailing (25 min) from Ballycastle to Rathlin, returning from Rathlin at 4.15pm – we have reserved 15 places, these will allocated in a first come first serve basis
If anyone is interested could they let us know by email to glenwalkers@gmail.com and we will try to arrange reservations with the ferry company. The price of the ferry is £12 return

Car Sharing – Can we recommend that people car share where possible. If you contact glenwalkers@gmail.com we can try to facilitate car sharing. So if you can offer a lift or require a lift drop us a line

May’s Walk – Carlingford 

Posted by Kieran | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 14-04-2016

May’s walk will be held on 1st May 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 1st May at 10 am and set off from there, 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 and then 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 glenwalkers@gmail.com

April’s Walk – Bearnagh & Meelmore

Posted by Kieran | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 29-03-2016

For Aprils walk we are going to walk Bearnagh and Meelmore trail in the Mourne Mountains

Walk Start: – We will meet up at the Trassey Track car park (Grid reference – J312314) at 10.00am on Sunday 3rd April. The circuit starts and finishes at this point.  

Walk Details: – We intend to walk up Trassey track before climbing Spellack’s crags. After reaching the plateau we will continue to climb up Slieve Meelmore (704m) which has superb views on a good day stretching as far as the Sperrins, Lough Neagh and Strangford Lough. We will Climb over the stile, turn right and follow the wall down Meelmore to reach the intersection and take the trail up Slieve Bearnagh (739m). Bearnagh is one of the most distinctive mountains in the Mournes and is renowned for the granite tors on its summit. We will follow the trail down from the top of Bearnagh and this section ends at the col known as Hare’s Gap. We continue the walk up the steps for a short distance until we get to the stile which we cross onto the green road. We follow this path down to the Trassey Track and retrace your steps back to the start. 

Walk Duration: – This 6 mile walk will take around five hours depending upon the weather, duration of lunch break or other stops. Terrain: Rugged paths, open mountain. The scenery is amazing on a good day.
Transport Logistics: – Trassey car park is situated just off the B180 Newcastle-Hilltown Road. About 4km after Bryansford take Trassey Road on the left. The Trassey Car Park is 1.5km along this road on the left.
Or
Alternatively you can park further along Trassey Road (GR J306307 – Post code, BT33 0QB) at Meelmore Lodge – secure car park (free) plus coffee shop, toilets. 

Car Sharing: – as usual we would urge all walkers to car share where possible, if you are looking for a lift or offering a lift please contact us at glenwalkers@gmail.com

If anyone has any questions please feel free to drop us a line and if any new walkers want to walk, again just drop us a line or just turn up.

April’s Walk – Bearnagh & Meelmore

Posted by Kieran | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 29-03-2016

For Aprils walk we are going to walk Bearnagh and Meelmore trail in the Mourne Mountains

Walk Start: – We will meet up at the Trassey Track car park (Grid reference – J312314) at 10.00am on Sunday 3rd April. The circuit starts and finishes at this point.  

Walk Details: – We intend to walk up Trassey track before climbing Spellack’s crags. After reaching the plateau we will continue to climb up Slieve Meelmore (704m) which has superb views on a good day stretching as far as the Sperrins, Lough Neagh and Strangford Lough. We will Climb over the stile, turn right and follow the wall down Meelmore to reach the intersection and take the trail up Slieve Bearnagh (739m). Bearnagh is one of the most distinctive mountains in the Mournes and is renowned for the granite tors on its summit. We will follow the trail down from the top of Bearnagh and this section ends at the col known as Hare’s Gap. We continue the walk up the steps for a short distance until we get to the stile which we cross onto the green road. We follow this path down to the Trassey Track and retrace your steps back to the start. 

Walk Duration: – This 6 mile walk will take around five hours depending upon the weather, duration of lunch break or other stops. Terrain: Rugged paths, open mountain. The scenery is amazing on a good day.
Transport Logistics: – Trassey car park is situated just off the B180 Newcastle-Hilltown Road. About 4km after Bryansford take Trassey Road on the left. The Trassey Car Park is 1.5km along this road on the left.
Or
Alternatively you can park further along Trassey Road (GR J306307 – Post code, BT33 0QB) at Meelmore Lodge – secure car park (free) plus coffee shop, toilets. 

Car Sharing: – as usual we would urge all walkers to car share where possible, if you are looking for a lift or offering a lift please contact us at glenwalkers@gmail.com

If anyone has any questions please feel free to drop us a line and if any new walkers want to walk, again just drop us a line or just turn up.

March Walk – Divis to Cavehill

Posted by Kieran | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 11-02-2016

Our next walk will be on Sunday 6th March it will be linear walk (one way) starting at Divis car park and walking over the hills to Belfast Castle

Walk Start :- we will meet up at the National Trust car park in Divis at 10.00 am on Sunday 6th March

Walk Details :– we will walk over Divis, Wolf Hill and Squires Hill then walk towards Cavehill before reaching our destination of Brlfast Castle, where we hope to have some tea or coffee

Transport Logistics :- we will need to leave some cars at Divis and some at Cavehill, if the majority of people go direct to Divis we can arrange to leave 1 or 2 cars at Cavehill, these will be used to ferry the drivers back to their cars at Divis

If anyone has any questions please feel free to drop us a line and if any new walkers want to walk, again just drop us a line or just turn 

Coastal Walk – Sunday 7th February 

Posted by Kieran | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 27-01-2016

For our February walk we have decided to walk part of the County Down coastline from Ballyhornan to Ardglass, this should offer us wonderful scenery and because we will be walking along the coast, we shouldn’t be affected by ice or snow 

Meet-up :- We aim to meet up at the carpark in Ballyhornan, which is situated on the Killard Rd in the village. We will walk the coastal path towards Ardglass, get lunch and return to get coffee or something stronger for non drivers in the bar in Ballyhornan. 

Time:- Because Ballyhornan is a good hour from Belfast, (it is about seven miles beyond Downpatrick) we are going to meet up at a slightly later time of 10.30am.

Walk Duration:- The walk will take around four hours depending upon where we have lunch but the scenery is wonderful so going out and returning feels like very different walks. 

Please Note, It could be very muddy so boots and gaiters are definitely recommended.

If anyone needs a lift or can offer a lift please contact us. If any new walkers want to come along, they will be most welcome