The Scarva Pod has been booked for 9.15 am on Thursday 26th March. We plan a leisurely cycle to Newry-no rush, no hills. And over coffee we can firm up a couple of outings that should take us up to Easter and a little beyond.
Those of you who have your own bikes please give them a check over to see if they are OK for the 26th.
Big thank you to Peter and Caroline who will lead our walk on Thurs. 5th March.
Our walk for Thursday–Ravensdale Forest Park. Weather permitting.
Meet as usual at Palace at 9.30 or 10.00 at Carrickdale Hotel (exit 20 off dual carriageway) in first car park on left. We walk 15 minutes along a small road to the entrance of Ravensdale Forest Park then walk up a steady incline along forest roads. Wonderful views of Ring of Gullion. Onwards, downwards and a short uphill to rejoin the forest road and back to the hotel for refreshments.
Forest tracks. Muddy in places. Boots & poles recommended.
Our next walk (weather permitting) will be in Rossmore Park on Thursday, 20th February. The walk will be led by Margaret Neville and will last approximately two and a half hours. We meet at 9:30 a.m. at the car park at the palace stables.
Our February meeting will be held in the Golf Club on Wednesday, 19th February at 11:00 a.m. The speaker will be the storyteller Sandra Dickson who will tell the story of the Belfast Blitz, our own singing group will be there to assist with the performance.
Mark Bailey has kindly offered to lead our walk this Thursday, leaving from top car park (beside Kids Play Park) at Palace Grounds at 930 am.
Some information from Mark… We will meet, as usual, at the Palace Stables car park, and then drive (approx 1 hour) via Cookstown to the main car park at Davagh Forest, where there are basic toilet facilities etc.
The whole walk will take approximately 2.5 to 3.0 hours. After that, if people wish we can return to the main A505 via Beaghmore Stone Circles and then (if people wish) grab a coffee and snack at An Creagan.
From there, the shortest way home is via Ballygawley (0.5 hour), and then back to Armagh via Aughnacloy (0.5 hour). Bring sandwiches and a drink, and suitable clothing.
The walk is mostly along established forest paths and track, although some parts of the boundary path SE of Beleevnamore Mountain can be muddy in wet weather. Although there’s a bit of a climb, it’s all along forest tracks.