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Pictured above is the group on our latest 8 mile ramble on the Glenties track in Donegal

West Tyrone Ramblers Walking Weekend in Westport

A West Tyrone Ramblers party of forty six members travelled to
Westport Co Mayo for their annual walking week end on 20 May 2016.
Upon arrival at the Castlecourt Hotel on Friday evening an energetic
group were taken by Mr. Simon Wall, the Westport town architect, on a
walking tour of the town and the Greenway. Simon has a lifelong
professional and personal interest in using design to promote and
develop outdoor spaces and community areas. His two hour tour was an
interesting insight into the successful use of public spaces to
connect community groups, to promote outdoor activity and to attract
visitors. Simons tour included a walk in the estate around Westport
House, with a commentary on the history and significance of the O'
Malley and Brown families and their influence on the development of
the town. Westport town has won many community awards over the years
and is a model for other town communities who want to upgrade their
facilities.

On Saturday morning the whole party drove through wind and rain to
Achille Island travelling to the most westerly Keem Strand (next stop
Boston, Massachusetts).  Once the cars crossed the Achille Sound the
clouds cleared and the sun shone warmly for the rest of the day. The B
walkers set off on a four hour climb up and over the promontory
headland above Keem Strand enjoying views of the most westerly cliffs
in Europe. The C walkers enjoyed a delightful coastal walk from
Purteen Pier to Dooagh Strand and then followed the Bog Road inland to
the Deserted Village in the lee of Slievemore. The remains of this
deserted village of approximately 80 houses, stands witness to the sad
loss of Irish people in the 1800s through famine, illness and
emigration.  The walk finished at a local craft shop where the
Ramblers enjoyed coffee and cake before the cars returned to Westport
via the scenic Cloghmore Wild Atlantic drive. Afterwards the party
enjoyed a celebratory dinner and the fun continued till the early
hours.

On Sunday morning after a leisurely breakfast, the Ramblers set out
for the car park at Croagh Patrick. Here the party divided in to three
groups. Twenty one Ramblers set off to climb 'The Reek' following in
the footsteps of people who have climbed this iconic hill for over
5000 years. The party were fortunate to experience Croagh Patrick in
all its glory with fabulous views over Clew Bay and its 365 Islands. A
second group followed a route round the Murrisk headland and then
climbed to the foothills of Croagh Patrick. Here they too enjoyed
views over Clew Bay while following an archaeological trail finding
interesting evidence of recent and ancient settlement and identifying
rare flora. This trail merged with the pilgrim path up Croagh Patrick
and the Ramblers descended to the carpark to enjoy coffee and cake and
await the return of their fellow walkers. The third group experienced
yet another scenic three hour route through Blackloon Wood and up the
lovely heather covered Skelp hill crossing an ancient pilgrim path
known as ‘Tochar Phadraig’ which runs to Croagh Patrick from
Ballintubber Abbey.

Feeling restored in mind and body, the West Tyrone Ramblers returned
home having enjoyed great company amidst the rugged beauty of the Co
Mayo landscape in perfect walking weather.

The May Edition of the Ulster Federation of Ramblers Newsletter is now on our Noticeboard page


Cave Hill Walk on Saturday 11 June 2016

 This 5.5 mile walk starts at Belfast Castle and is a circular route through an area of outstanding natural beauty with fabulous views over Belfast city and the Belfast Lough. Initially there are some steep climbs which could prove slippy on a wet day but are do-able on tracks and paths all the way. It is a B walk but could be completed by competent C walkers with good walking footwear and walking poles. Tea and coffee are booked at Belfast Castle which boasts beautiful gardens and views.

Introduction to Club and New Members info

Based 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.


New walkers are welcome to join us for a free trial walk.
If unsure of your ability try a Grade C Walk first.
For your enjoyment and safety please follow the club rules.   For more information refer to our FAQs [Frequently Asked Questions] or contact any member of the committee You can also find us on Facebook.





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Sunday June 5th

Grade C/B

Kilbroney Park , Rostrevor , Co Down

Contact Nora McGrath

02882  244777



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