Ronnie Irvine/Elaine Simpson 2018
Thursday 22nd March. 2018, Belfast Lough. A new walk this,introduced by Michael and Lorraine,beginning at Newtownabbey Shopping Centre and finishing along the Shore Rd.
Thursday 05 April. 2018, Craigavon lakes. Lovely flat walk around the lakes ,starting from Rushmere, 5 miles+  and a good crowd out,16 I think, on a beautiful morning.Thanks to Brian and Ellen for leading. Nice to welcome Adrian (McElhone) as a member.This was Adrian’s second walk. Photographs from Michael-although not of his usual quality (happens to us all).
Thursday 19 April. 2018, Trassey-Newcastle. A fine day for one of our harder walks.For a number of reasons,many walkers could not make the walk. Nevertheless 7 walkers managed to appear. Thanks for leading, Michael and Lorraine and for photos.
Thursday 03 May. 2018, Omagh. A very enjoyable walk very well led by Brian and Ellen.Their local knowledge of Omagh allowed us to see the town in a more intimate way than we ever expected- thanks to both Brian and Ellen for creating such an attractive and interesting walk. Sorry only one photo-from Dorothy.-My battery was down
Thursday 19 July. 2018, Coalisland Canal.   20 walkers An ideal summer day for a dander. Michael & Lorraine decided to have a walk closer to home avoiding a car travel and  ferry. The walk was around 8 miles..long enough. We had our largest group for some time and it was a pleasure to see Irwin Tucker and Joan Shaw back with us. Mary O’ appeared at Cornmill C.P. after the walk..the first time some of us had seen Mary since her ankle break..looking very well, and with her usual warm smile. Mary invited us for afternoon tea and some of us spent an enjoyable hour of chat at Mary’s.Thank you,Mary. Also thanks to Michael and Lorraine for leading the walk. Some photos from Lorraine and Michael M. Thanks.
Thursday 02 August. 2018, Cuilcagh.   7 walkers. I was sorry to miss this walk-I had not been on the board walk before. Unfortunately the Sunday walk was there the previous week and a few regulars had climbed Cuilcagh then. Report from Carol. ‘’Six of us set out on the walk on "The stairway to heaven" from the Marble Arch Cave car park. We all completed the walk and although there was a light mizzle at times we had good views as we ascended the boardwalk to the top which had low cloud cover. We completed the 8.4 mile walk in three and a half hours including breaks for lunch and photo calls so we were all satisfied with our achievement.’’  Lovely sharp photos-thanks, Ron or Carol?
Thursday 16 August. 2018, Knockatallon.
Thursday 30 August. 2018, Granite Trail. A small group of 7 were led by Jim on this beautiful walk (when you are above old rail track). One of BBC programme fillers was taken here.
Thursday 13 Sept. 2018, Belfast stroll. Dorothy said there were 19 walkers out for our  popular ‘Belfast Stroll’ ,always led so well by herself and Joan.Unfortunately I could not go…but maybe I was spying with my binoculars !!! From photo ..good to see Mary O’ out again…and Colette. Thanks to Dorothy for photo. Anne and C.S. Lewis are getting friendly!
 Have I seen this group on TV?
Has someone been naughty?
Thursday 27 Sept. 2018, Ballykelly Banks. Drizzle greeted us on arrival at our M.Pt.- Drummond Hotel, but was over by the time all car placements were completed. 11 of us set out in pleasant conditions for 6 miles of walking, …. from the hotel, down to Lough Foyle and then along the path alongside the sea bank.  The sea bank was built in the 19th C. and fertile flat land on the eastern side of the Foyle reclaimed. The lough is a winter refuge for ducks and waders The Foyle is also important for Atlantic salmon swimming towards spawning streams in Tyrone and Derry. At low tide, wreckage of a Vought F4U Corsair fighter which crashed in 1944 can be seen in Lough Foyle. On our way home we took up a kind invitation from Kathleen and our afternoon finished with coffee, traybakes, chat and an opportunity to walk around a beautiful garden. Good to see Mary O’ out again now her leg break has healed, and grateful thanks to Iris for organising the walk and transport so  competently.
Our group taken by Mary.
Thursday 11 Oct. 2018, Belfast Hills(Divis). A wet day was promised and a wet day it was! The walk chosen should have given us panoramic views over S and W Belfast- but rain set in quite quickly accompanied by a cold it was heads down and face it for most of the 5 mile walk. On the way back we stopped at N.T. hut and ate our lunches…helped by mugs of warm reviving coffee. Nevertheless, there were 8 of us..and as seen from the photo we were still smiling at the end.
Thursday 25 Oct. 2018, Garvagh Forest. A lovely day and a lovely wood to walk during autumn. Unfortunately I didn’t make it (leg hurting after gardening). There were 13 walkers out, competently led by Keith and Margaret,and Ithink there was coffee afterwards? Thanks to Dorothy for well composed seasonal photos.
Thursday 17 May. 2018, Lissan. What a beautiful spring day and what an attractive spring walk Lissan provides with its sylvan splendour.. The bluebells were close to their best in a wood of slender beeches with beautiful spring-green leaves. Coffee/Tea afterwards, with cream scones completed a most enjoyable and relaxed walk. Thanks to Pat and Jim for leading so well on a 5-6 mile dander through the best of South Derry/Tyrone countryside. 17 walkers out.
At Kathleen’s
Kathleen shows Keith & Iris the garden.