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.
Approx 9 km. 3–3½ hours. See you there!
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.
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.
The next walk is this Thursday, 23rd January and will be in Cave Hill Country Park . It is a loop walk , starting and finishing at Belfast Castle . There is a clear path to the top, which is McArts Fort and is 368 metres above sea level . The incline is gradual; and would be suitable for almost any level of walking fitness . If it a clear day you will be treated to wonderful views . Water proofs and suitable footwear are advised . Time ; circa 2 hours . For afterwards there is the Cellar bar in Belfast Castle
This Thursday, 9th Jan 2020, Ita and Peter will lead our walk at Benburb Priory, the one cancelled before Christmas.
Come along and enjoy a short walk, about 1.5 hours.
Along the river and on forest paths, it can be wet and mucky, so boots and poles advised.
We’ll finish off with a chat and coffee etc in the lovely wee café.
Looking forward to seeing you- 9 30am in Armagh.
Wishing you all good health and a happy 2020.
Walk for Thursday, December 5th — weather dependent!
A walk taking in Slieve Croob part of the Dromara hills.
Slieve Croob or “Mountain of the Hoof” rises to a height of 1,755 feet, its chief claim to fame being the source of the River Lagan which rises a short distance from the summit. The walks consists of some minor roads; a track going uphill to the northern slopes of Slieve Croob; up to enjoy the view from the summit.
Boots essential, poles recommended. Upper part is wet and muddy.
Meet as usual at Palace at 9.30am
Distance 6.5 miles (11km) Time 3.5 hours
Our walk this Thursday, 7th November will be at Slieve Gullion.
We will leave Armagh as usual at 9.30am and meet up in bottom car park at Slieve Gullion where toilets are available.
We will then drive up to the top car park and walk up to the top of mountain and across to the lake. After a snack we will retrace our steps back down.
Boots and poles are needed.
Our next walk is this coming Thursday, October 24th. Declan will lead us up to Cave Hill in Belfast. We leave the usual car park in Armagh at 9:30 to meet up with Declan near Belfast Castle
Our next walk on Thursday, 26th September will be the Granite Trail. The walk will be led by Ita and will start in Donard Park Newcastle. We will walk in an anticlockwise loop passing the top of the Granite Trail, where we will have a break. Continuing on then back to Donard Park. Nice Cafe beside it. Walk should take about two to three hours.
The Walking Group resumes after their summer break, Our first walk of the Autumn, on Thursday, 12th September will be led by Carol and Ita in Kilbroney Forest Park, Rostrevor and will last about 3.5 hours. At the highest point of the walk there will be the option of leaving the track and walking for 15 minutes to sample the brilliant views from the top of Slieve Martin.