Category Archives: Walking

Where to walk

Walking Group – Cooley Mountains

Our walk this coming Thursday, 27th June will be our last until September. We hope to complete the walk in the Cooley mountains which had been postponed due to the weather. This is a walk from the Lumpers Pub car park crossing  over  27/28 small bridges and continuing  through the Coolies. The walk should last about 3.5 hrs.,  boots and poles are necessary.

Walking Group – Tollymore

Our next walk on Thursday, May 30th, in the Cooley mountains has been postponed as the weather outlook is not good. Instead we will walk in Tollymore. We leave from Childrens’ play park at the top of the Palace drive at 9:30 am as usual.

Walking Group – Knockmany

This weeks walk has been organised by Mark Baillie, who writes:

I’ve confirmed with Beryl Suitor to expect our group on Thursday 16th May between approximately 1.00pm and 1.30pm.  Arrangements similar to those previously circulated, that is:
“We will meet at 10:30 am at the Lower Car Park for Knockmany Forest, close to the lower of the two marked car parks on the attached map, that is, close to Grid Ref 539546.   You get there by driving along the main road from Ballygawley to Augher, and then turning right at the mini-roundabout on the main road at Augher.  
If it’s not too wet, I’ll suggest doing a variant of the walk called “Knockmany on the Wild Side”, which makes the walk slightly longer and a little more interesting for those who prefer to stray off the marked forest paths!  The total length of the walk is about 5 miles and should take between 2 and 3 hours depending on how fast we go. 
We’ll have coffee around 12:00 at the tomb.  I’ll try to remember to bring the key in case there’s anyone on the walk who might like to look inside. 
I’ve arranged with Beryl Suitor (Suitor Gallery, Ballygawley), that she should expect between approximately 10 and 15 of us for coffee and light refreshments at the Suitor Gallery between approximately 1.00pm and 1.30pm.  I can confirm numbers and estimated time on the day. 
Finally, Knockmany is a great place for people to walk with their dogs, so please note that well-behaved dogs are welcome!  It’s usually quite all right for them to roam off the lead during the walk.   I’ll probably be bringing our dog Lottie.”

Walking Group – The Mournes

 Weather permitting our next walk on Thursday, 18th April is one we have done before. We will  go over three mountains Rocky, Tornamore and Pierces Castle. This is not as difficult as it sounds. Most of the climbing will be on a good path up Rocky followed by a pleasant undulating walk to Pierces Castle and then back down a good path to the car park. There is a good hotel in Hilltown for anyone who  wants some tea ,coffee etc. Walking poles and boots are necessary.

Walking Group – Rooskey Loop

Carol and Ita will lead the walk next Thursday, January 25th. This will be the Rooskey Loop, an easy walk of 7km along minor roads laneways and tracks lasting 2 to 2.5 hours and not to be confused with The Roosley Loop, a much longer and more strenuous walk in the Mournes. Our walk will begin and end in the church car park in Grange ,near Carlingford We will need boots and walking sticks if we have them. We wont be passing any pubs or cafes so we need to carry our snacks and drinks. We will stop for refreshments in the village ruins at the foot of Barnavave and weather permitting there will be the option {FOR THOSE WHO WISH ) to do the half hour walk to the top of Barnavave and back.