Ronnie Irvine/Elaine Simpson 2018
Thursday 11th Jan. 2018, Parkanaur. A beautiful sunny morning for first Thursday walk of the year.A short journey to Parkaneur Forest Park for most. The group was fairly large-28-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 fairly easy with plenty to see. Attractive small bridges and a wandering stream, a beautiful white deer herd,a wishing well and some distorted beeches on the lawns-not hard to imagine elves or fairies around them. The day finished with a relaxed dander around the ruins of Sir Toby Caulfield’s Castle, just outside Castlecaulfield.
Don’t know why some are looking at one photographer and others are looking at another!
Thursday 25th Jan. 2018, Davagh. Snow on the ground,and previously recc’ed by Pat in arctic conditions! We visited a look-out point with direction table-only problem -completely hidden by trees!!! Someone sort out please. Walk mainly led on the day by Michael and Lorraine. 16 walkers.
Thursday 08th Feb. 2018, Aghalee. A beautiful flat walk at Aghalee along the canal,and in fine weather. Lots of bird life. 18 walkers on the six mile walk.Thanks to Gladys and Michael for photos
Thursday 22nd Feb. 2018, Carntogher. One of our favourites-the sense of history and the panoramic views make this walk special.Thanks to walk leader Dorothy,a fair sized group of 16 out.
Thursday 08th March. 2018, Benburb. Lovely walk along woodland paths and the river Blackwater.The Priory surrounds are interesting,and …everyone took advantage of the new coffee shop in the grounds- thanks to Keith and Margaret for leading.
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.
Keith gets the walk going.
At the emigrant’s Cairn
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 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.
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
These two pics make me think of French Impressionist paintings.Why? Manet?
Orange-tip on Garlic Mustard.
   Rosemary and Sheina at lunch.
My father would have called this sprockling about.
Bit dangerous this.
Dorothy and Keith discuss Lissan
The back lane.
     Leader: Michael