Thursday 26 Jan. 2017, PeatlandsNo photos-but a fine morning for a walk’Coffee for some afterwards .
Thursday 09 Feb. 2017, GlenlarkA good paced dander around the haunting Glenlark valley with long abandoned farmsteads.Perhaps meeting the same man in the same field with the same dogs says something about Glenlark? Thanks to Jim for leading on a dull and cold, but thankfully dry, day . Always a favourite walk, this one.Fifteen walkers out.
Thursday 23 Feb. 2017, Oxford Island,Lough NeaghA better day than forecast,and an enjoyable walk,but a small group,only 10.Well lead by,as ever, by IrisReally pleasant walking along the lough shore,with the wind whipping up waves along the shore.We stopped at the bird-hide to watch ducks,swans and a pair of courting grebes.Iris organised a conducted tour of the library after ‘eats’.I enjoyed meeting a former pupil,Marcus Malley, (from 30 years ago or more).Marcus is Conservation Officer for Craigavon Borough Council.Thanks Iris for a lovely walk.
Thursday 09 Mar. 2017, BanagherA beautiful day with very clear air (we could see Muckish??Errigal?? not sure which.We walked past the lakes and down through the ancient oak wood.On the way back,the wind dropped and there were memorable reflections in the lake water.A good number out (19).We enjoyed having Doris and Roy out again, also Gladys’s daughter Ester, and Joan. A lovely walk unobtrusively led by Dorothy and Pat.
Thursday 23 Mar. 2017, Strangford-BallyhornanA long old drive-but to arrive in Strangford on a lovely morning was worth the effort. 13 walkers outWe did not slavishly follow the Ulster Way-as the coastal road provided better views.Thanks to Lorraine for leading the walk competently and thanks to Michael and Gladys for providing most of the photos.
Thursday 06 April. 2017, Holywood to BangorSorry I had to miss this one ….an old favourite.Well led by Rosemary and Sheina…and 19 out, on a nice morning..who took the group pictures??Thanks to Lorraine for photos…..coffee etc finished the day before the bus home.Good to know that Ellen and Brian were back with us.
Thursday 20 April. 2017, LissanChange in programme-66 miles to Gortalughany seemed a long journey,and many were still on Easter hols.After contacting a few people, Lissan seemed a convenient replacement-but apologies if anyone missed the journey to Ferm/Sligo.Nevertheless,a good turnout of 17 (a few left before second loop).We enjoyed having Sharon with us. Sharon has taken over from Neil Watt at Lissan,and we wish her all the best in her new job.Thanks to Michael for some of photographs.
Thursday 04 May. 2017, Moneyneany to Glenshane Forest.Thanks to Lorraine for pictures.
Thursday 08 June. 2017, Portstewart Strand and dunes.Wet day in Tyrone,but sunshine on north coast.Small group out-probably due to horrible weather forecast.Thanks to Brian for photos,including some nice group ones
Thursday 22 June. 2017, Rathlin.Quite a pleasant day and a good trip across-rather a small group.Thanks to Michael M.for taking photos.
Thursday 06 July 2017, Ulster Way. Ballyhornan-ArdglassA soft warm day along a beautiful stretch of Ulster Way from Ballyhornan to Killough Lots of interesting things to see.The walk was well led by Lorraine and Michael-thanks to both,and8.2 miles was just long enough!Good to see Irwin Tucker back from Oz -hopefully we will see Irwin on Jenkins Lakes walk in a few weeks time.Thanks to Michael for some of pics.
Thursday 20 July 2017, Jenkins Lakes.Welcome coffee and scones in Fivemiletown broke the journey to Jenkins Lakes.A fine day-only one of promised showers materialised, and did not last.The lakes were beautiful in summer sunshine and the walk provided spectacular views in all directions. Rae and Mary took us competently along a slightly different ,more interesting route than last year-thanks to both for their leadership .8.0 miles was distance on Brian’s GPS.Elaine and Julie (not usually Thursday walkers) joined us.Thanks to Michael for some of pics.
Thursday 03 Aug 2017, P’rush-Giants CausewayA perfect day for an iconic stretch ofthe Ulster Way. A heavy shower on the way to Portrush caused apprehension,but the sky soon cleared and the rest of the day was sunny.We took the bus from Dunluce Centre to Causeway and 17 of us set off on the 8.5 mile walk back to Portrush.Harebells were in bloom and bell heather just beginning to show.A blue sea and a white surf accompanied us most of the way.Thanks to Ron and Carol for organising and leading this beautiful walk so well.Good to see Roy,Doris and Colette out again-Collette with new hair do.
Thursday 17th Aug 2017, BinevenaghRain greeted us at Binevenagh, after meeting at Downhill C.P. and arranging cars and lifts to the top.Thanks to all who assisted with walker movement-Michael,Shirley and Roy.The rain prompted an early lunch before walking-a wise decision.It was decided to walk the Ulster Way to Downhill,rather than Binevenagh circuit-which may have been slippery after rain.However ,the afternoon remained dry and bright and the 7 mile walk to Downhill was easy for all 17 of us.We were invited to Kathleen’s for most enjoyable afternoon tea. We strolled around beautiful and extensive gardens,created by Katherine and her sister. One of the prettiest gardens we had ever seen.Cleverly laid out with a large pond, herbaceous beds, interesting paths,fruit trees and flower filled pots. Exquisite.Thank you Katherine for entertaining us so well-it finished our day beautifully.Enjoyed having Shirley and Joan out with us again.Irwin heading for Aus. soon-but we will see him later in the year-safe trip, Irwin.
Thursday 31st Aug 2017, Belfast StrollDorothy and Joan,as ever,had their Befast stroll well organised-from buses in Tyrone or Belfast-to an interesting and varied walking route.22 walkers congregated at Gt.Victoria St., after arriving by various routes, and together took the bus to Malone.From Malone to Lagan towpath was only a few minutes and after a short briefing, we walked to a busy Lock-keepers Inn-where service was rather slow.Our route was along the tow-path, then to ‘Giant’s Ring’ and finally along pretty lanes with greater Belfast sitting below.Gradually walkers disappeared taking varied routes home, but most bussed it from Malone to Europa.Nice to see Joan Shaw out with us again.The walk was around 7-8 miles,thanks to D/J for leading so well.
At Kilclief Castle-taken by Michael,Ronnie I missing went back for backpack.
Anne,Rae and Brian.
Near the top of the forest.
Lovely photo of Mgt. and Pat
A thorn among many roses.
Group with R.
Thursday 28th Sept. 2017, Loughgall Country ParkWe met Gladys & Pauline in the lovely village of Loughgall ,parked our cars, and set off along the impressive tree-lined avenue towards Loughgall Research Station and then to the Country Park where Pat McC joined us-we were now 24.Some of us enjoyed the excellent park exercise area before moving on!!Back and through the village, then a right turn, and over the hill-we were now into apple country (the orchards beside Gladys’s home farm).Gathering apples was popular! We also saw professional apple pickers at their work.Picking,packing and juicing processes were explained by some of the family. A few even got a bottle of beautiful fresh apple juice.Thanks to Gladys and Pauline for taking such trouble to set up an interesting and informative walk.It has apparently been an excellent year for apples,and don’t apple growers deserve it.
Ready to go-Pat McC missing.
Thanks to Gladys for great activity images.
Thursday 12th Oct. 2017, Granite TrailA dry morning-a good one for the Mournes….and never mind the Granite Trail..there was another set of Donard doers,led by who? no doubt you have guessed-Dorothy again.Michael,Rae and Bernie,among others made it to the top this time.They really were Donard Dawdlers, poor Jim had to wait on them struggling? back down to the cars. after leading his sensible group along the nominated walk-the Granite Trail.Had to smile though-Jim doesn’t like waiting!Thanks to Michael and Colette for photos and nice to have new walker-Catriona- out with group.Thanks for selfie below from Catriona
A selfie of ‘Granite Trail’ crew (Barbara,Jim,Collette,Thelma and Catriona)
Who would have the energy,was Donard not enough?
Thursday 12 Jan. 2017 Tullyhogue/LoughryThe supposed leader was unfortunately caught up in another engagement for a time..but the group managed perfectly well without him.!!A beautiful morning for the visit to Tullyhogue Fort and Loughry.We walked the river,had a look at the noted wedge tomb,Swifts house,and the new Fisheries’ building.
Thanks to Collette for images of Jim’s group below.
Thursday 26th Oct. 2017, Clare Glen22 walkers arrived safely at Clare Glen C.P. on a pleasant October morning,for a walk new to most of the group.The route followed the river Cusher -a double loop through attractive woodland with lunch after loop1 back at the C.P.In total ,the walk was fairly short and relatively flat-5 miles.We finished at around 3:45, but in winter, sometimes it is best to be finished early.Thanks to Brian and Ellen for leading and introducing us to a pleasant forest/riverside walk.Thanks Colette for some of photos.
Rae brightened the day in yellow.
Thursday 09th Nov. 2017, Portrush-Portstewart25 walkers gathered at West Strand Car Park, Portrush on a fresh,breezy December morning to the sound of a sea full of surf .The walk led by Margaret was fairly brisk-best way to keep warm- lunch was taken on arrival at Portstewart,followed by a browse around shops.The group re-gathered and headed east again towards Portrush.This is a suitable walk for joining and leaving as you fancy-so by the time we returned to Portrush we were a smaller group.Thanks to Margaret for leading so well.We missed you Mary O’, hope the ankle is coming on .Good to see Tom and Sidney out again.