Ronnie Irvine/Elaine Simpson 2019
Thursday 22 Nov. 2018, Vinegar Hill Loop. Vinegar Hill is a favourite walk, a totally Sperrin experience without any tops. Old abandoned cottages, fields of sheep, stony tracks, rounded hills, and gently sloping glens at their best on a pleasant winter’s day. A couple of barking dogs even greeted us as we began our walk up Barnes Gap. There were 19 walkers out, good for a Thursday in mid- November. It was a pleasure to have Shirley walking with us again We saw the results of one bog flow, a reminder of events a few years ago, when incessant rain caused saturated peat, rocks and gravel to slide off surrounding hillsides into the river, and inundate the valley below. The Sperrin mountains are known for occasional catastrophic floods.The link opposite gives details of one of the worst.
The Great Glenelly Flood. The Great Glenelly Flood.
Thursday 06 Dec. 2018, Peatlands. A pleasant morning for a familiar walk- and everything going well until Margaret slipped on a slimey patch on the middle of a shaded back road and fell. It seemed innocuous enough but a very bad twist on her knee was much worse than expected,and necessitated a visit to hospital and considerable surgical work on her knee-cap. Thanks to Dr. Margaret and Nurse Wendy-who did all the right things. Margaret is recuperating and we hope she recovers quickly.
Thursday 20 Dec. 2018, ‘An Creagan’. Another pleasant winter morning for a favourite walk, led by Sheina and Rosemary-with expected rain not lasting for more than 20 mins. An excellent Christmas lunch followed at ‘An Creagan’-ably organised by Sheina and Rosemary - grateful thanks to both…and a Happy Christmas and New Year to all.
Thursday 10 Jan. 2019, Loughry/Tullyhogue A  quiet mild morning for our first outing of 2019, led by Ronnie & Dorothy, and our biggest group for a while-25. The first part of the walk-a leg stretcher - was to Tullyhogue Fort  from the Car- park. Cars were then moved to Mid-Ulster Sports Car Pk. adjoining Loughry. We  dandered through the wild  river corridor and woods in Loughry grounds,looking at fungi and ferns and enjoying the sound of the restless river.
Thursday 24 Jan. 2019, Davagh Forest Dreary and drizzly January weather continues. Pat led a group of 9 on a shortened Davagh trail .. more details later. Thanks for leading,Pat.
Thursday 07Feb. 2019, Drum. Weather stayed mild,and more pleasant than the forecast indicated. Wendy did well to create a suitable and varied walk in Drum Manor,and managed to obtain some interesting ‘As it once was’ pictures. Thanks Wendy for leading a pleasant walk so well,and going to trouble to obtain Drum photos. We had a fair-sized group out (around 20)
Thursday 21 Feb. 2019, Antrim. A nice day for walking,16 walkers out along a well organised route devised by Sheina and Rosemary.Thanks to both for lleading and recce’ing the walk. I missed this walk-due to an appointment. Thanks also to Colette who sent me some well taken photographs.