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Our latest outing saw approx 20 ramblers enjoy great views of the Mournes and the splendours of Castlewellan Forest Park including cheating their way through the Peace Maze. All photos here from this outing.
Our next outing is to Knockalla Ridge in Donegal. This Grade B outing takes place on Sunday July 2nd.
On Saturday past 13
members of West Tyrone Ramblers went to Connacht for the third leg of their
Four Province Challenge.The objective to climb Mweelrea the highest summit in Connacht at 814m. Their base for the weekend was Leenaun. Mweelra (Grey Bald Mountain) is
a remote grit and sandstone massif, with
undulating grassy areas, gigantic and magnificent corries and bounded on the
southwest by Killary Harbour the longest fiord in Ireland.
The group set out
early, weather did not look promising with light rain coming in from the
Altantc Ocean. Undeterred the group began their walk close to Delphi Mountain
Resort, following a gravel track in the forest, in a south west direction until
turning south unto the hillside to begin the ascent to the spot height 379m.
The rain had stopped, the sun came out from the clouds and the walkers steadly
climbed throught the long course grass and heather to the spot height. Their
present on the hillside had disturbed the midge population and the group found
themselves under attack from clouds of the insect. Relief only came as the
group climbed higher and a breeze got up.From their vantage point the group
could look out on Killary Harbour and the mountains beyond. Walking along the
spur to the west and down into the col for a brief lunch stop.
The group began
the climb towards the unnamed summit at
495m, about a third of the way up they began to contour around to the col at the base of Mweelrea. Then
began the climb up the shoulder, gaining height the terrain became easier
underfoot and for the first time a recognised track to follow. The gradient
getting steeper all the time. There was a brief respite near 700m , where a
great cleft cuts into the shoulder. A view of huge cliffs and corrie far below,
a stark reminder of how difficult and dangerous Mweelrea was. Continuing
upwards, the ridge swings north and the group follow the arete, a steep climb to the top. The
summit is flat, adorned with a modest cairn perched on the very edge of the
It was time for lunch,
photographs and to look at the superb views. From this viewpoint there is the coastal views, Killary Harbour winding its way close at hand to the
Altantic and to the west the islands, Inishbofin and Inisturk, and the
magnificent beach at Killadoon, also to be seen are the Twelve Bens, the
Maanturks, the Sheffry Mountains and Ben Gorm. A truely impressive vista.
In bright sunshine the
group began there descent, retracing their steps down to the col and heading
due east down the valley of the Sruhaunbunatrench and Owennaghlogh rivers to
the Delphi Mountain Resort.
A long tiring and
successful walk, Mweelrea conquered and the reward of spendid views which will live long in the memory of each walker.
Four Province Challenge.
Slieve Donard 21st/22nd
August. O.S 1:50,000 Sheet 39.
I propose to start
walk from Bloody Bridge car park at 9.30am. The car park gets full quickly on a
Saturday morning, so early start is necessary.
The route will follow
the river, on the old quarry track for 1.4kms. From the quarry up to the Mourne Wall at 750ms. From here
Slieve Donard can be reached by following the Mourne Wall uphill for 1km to the
tower on the mountain summit.
High point 850m
This is a sustained,
gradual ascent with a steep final section.
I plan to take this
walk at a slow pace, to encourage people to attempt the challenge.
The reward is a superb
panorama of the mountains and coast of Co Down.
My advice for anyone
planning to come on walk, is to travel up the night before and stay in Newcastle.
Please let me know if
you are interested.
I require a contact
My contact details.
Tel 028 8224 3229
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in Omagh (often referred to as Omagh Walking Club) the Club has over
100 members. Walks take place on alternate Saturdays and Sundays
throughout the year, departing from Omagh Leisure Centre Car Park at
09.30am Examples of the places we go and the sort of walks we do
can be found in Walk Reports.
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