Ronnie Irvine/Elaine Simpson 2018
Thursday 14th Dec. 2017, Tullyhogue Fort/Loughry. We walked from Tullyhogue Fort car park to the fort and back-then a quick journey to Mid-Ulster Sports Centre C.P. and a dander around Loughry grounds and along the river-in full spate. Another journey to ‘Braeside’ for Christmas lunch.The sprouts were too soft for me! Nice to have Irwin Tucker back from Australia..and he now knows how to get to Orritor! Thanks,Michael for interesting route map. Link below.
Our Tullyhogue trek. Our Tullyhogue trek.
Well,there are at least a few happy looking faces-but it was a raw morning in mid-December a cold rain was falling….and some people had been out the night before.
Thursday 11th Jan. 2018, Parkanaur. A beautiful sunny morning for first Thursday walk of the year and a short journey to Parkaneur Forest Park for most. The group was fairly large-28 in total- everyone keen to enjoy their first walk of 2018. They even found a reason to sing at one stage! Michael had his walk well recc’ed.The route was flat and fairly easy with plenty to see. Attractive small bridges and a  wandering stream, a beautiful white deer herd,a wishing well and beautiful distorted beeches on the lawns of the house-not hard to imagine elves or fairies around them. The day was rounded off with a dander around the ruins of Sir Toby Caulfield’s Castle/House, just outside Castlecaulfield.
     Leader: Michael
Don’t know why a few of us are looking at one photographer and others are looking at another!
Thursday 25th Jan. 2018, Davagh. The weather held for Davagh walk-despite previous doubts,and snow was almost gone. Pat had recc’ed the walk the previous week in tough conditions and was assisted by Lorraine  on the day of the walk. Pat led us to a viewing point with a direction indicator table-I didn’t know it existed-on the top of a hill surrounded by high trees!!!  A beautiful viewpoint which could be an asset and focal point for walking in Davagh .Grid Reference H71749 84141 at an elevation of 386m if anyone wants to find it.Thanks to Michael Gilmour. Lorraine and Michael provided route assistance on our walk. Ron McVittie presented ‘The Thursday Walkers’ with useful equipment which his daughter (involved in promoting ‘Walking for Health’ as a nurse) obtained for us, including safety vests,beanies,walkie - talkie sets,wet gear,medical supplies- useful to have and grateful thanks for these items-more about this later. Our walk was around 7 miles-information on the walk - thanks to the two Michaels.There were 16 walkers out.
Rosemary                                                                                  Sheina
The Direction Indicator table     lost in deepest Davagh !!!
Examining the Table.
Our group at the  observation disc in deep Tyrone!
Thursday 08th Feb. 2018, Canal, Aghalee. A  lovely relaxed walk along the canal near Aghalee from Moira Railway Station and back. 17 walkers out.Thanks to Gladys for pictures
Thursday 22nd Feb. 2018, Carntogher. 16 out, all made the lovely walk to Carntogher top.Walk was about 5 miles long . Lots of new ‘fitbit’ watches..for those interested registered around 13,000 steps..I would have fallen asleep counting them! Thanks to Dorothy for leading…and Lorraine for fine group pictures.
Thursday 08th Mar.2018, Benburb. A good group, I think 18, for this interesting and attractive walk along the Blackwater on a fine morning.Well led by Keith and Margaret,and a nice cup of coffee afterwardsafterwards.
Group along the Broadwater-Aghalee
The start at Railway station.
Herons along the way.
At the ‘Emigrants Cairn’
Group at Carntogher top.
Keith points out walk details.
Anne under the bridge