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25TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR
The Committee is busy finalising plans for an exciting year to celebrate our Silver Anniversary. News of these will be appearing here shortly. Remember that our Committee are a friendly bunch so if any Members have any matter they wish to raise or indeed have any ideas please feel free to contact them.
The website , as well as keeping you informed of all events , has 2 special features planned to celebrate. You will now see a new link on the Left hand side called Profiles. This will be a monthly feature profiling a member of our club. A BIG thanks to Joan Cunningham for agreeing to be Guinea Pig here. If anyone wishes to volunteer themselves for future months please contact us on email above or we will be selecting potential victims. Also we are in the process of trying to put together an electronic library of all rambles in our 25 year history. We hope to publish a list from 2004 to the present in the next few months. However we are lacking any programmes from before the Spring/Summer schedule of 2003. If you have a copy from before this we would appreciate if you again contacted us on above email.
WALK SUNDAY 1ST FEBRUARY 2015 - SLIEVE LOUGH
SHANNAGH (THE LAKE OF THE FOX)
WALK LEADER JOHN TEMPLETON (MOBILE : 07872318841- HOME NO: 02882244511)
START TIME 8-30 AM.
NOTE : WITH UNCERTAINTY REGARDING WEATHER
CONDITIONS IN GENERAL AND IN THE MOUNTAINS IN PARTICULAR, A WALK IN THE MOURNE'S HAS BEEN CHOSEN WHICH WILL BE SUITABLE,
ENJOYABLE AND SAFE IN ALL WEATHER CONDITIONS OR THE RISK OF FADING
DAYLIGHT..THE WALK WHICH WE DID BEFORE, IS A GOOD MOURNE MOUNTAIN TASTER FOR
THOSE WHO HAVE NOT VENTURED THERE BEFORE.
THE WALK WILL BE ADJUSTED AS NECESSARY ON THE
SLIEVE LOUGH SHANNAGH -DOAN MOUNTAIN - CARN
THE WALK STARTS AT A SMALL CAR PARK LOCATED ON
THE B27 MAIN HILLTOWN / KILKEEL ROAD,
PAST SPELGA DAM,THEN TURNING RIGHT AT THE T JUNCTION, TOWARDS KILKEEL.
THE CAR PARK IS APPROX 2 MILES ALONG THE B27 ON
THE LEFT, IMMEDIATELY AFTER CROSSING OVER A SMALL BRIDGE ON A SHARP BEND ON THE
THE WALK FOLLOWS A STONE TRACK KNOWN LOCALLY
AS THE 'BANNS ROAD' GRADUALLY WINDING UPHILL ASCENDING INTO THE CENTRAL MOURNE'S WITH EXCELLENT VIEWS OF THE MOURNE'S EMERGING IN FRONT AS YOU CLIMB..
THE ROUTE CROSSES THE MOURNE WALL AND 'MINERS HOLE RIVER' DRAWING ITS NAME FROM CORNISH MINERS WHO
WORKED IN THE AREA EXCAVATING METAL ORES,BUT UNSUCCESSFULLY.
THE TRACK FINISHES AT THE EDGE OF SLIEVE LOUGH
SHANNAGH,WHICH IS THE LARGEST NATURAL WATER CATCHMENT IN THE MOURNE MOUNTAIN
RANGE.THE ROUTE THEN PICKS ITS WAY THROUGH AN EXPANSE OF WHITE GRAVEL AND PEAT
HAGS TO THE NORTH EASTERN EDGE OF THE LOUGH FROM WHERE WE WILL ASCEND DOAN
MOUNTAIN FROM WHERE THE VIEWS OVER THE SILENT VALLEY RESERVOIR ARE SPECTACULAR.
THE WALK THEN DESCENDS 'DOAN' TRAVERSING THE NORTHERN SHORE OF THE LOUGH AND ASCENDING AGAIN
GENTLY TO THE SUMMIT OF CARN MOUNTAIN FROM WHERE THE WALK DESCENDS DOWN ALONG
THE WALL (NOT THE MOURNE WALL) UNTIL IT MEETS THE INTERSECTION WITH THE MINERS
HOLE RIVER. TAKING THE LEFT BANK OF THE RIVER IT IS FOLLOWED UNTIL IT MEETS UP
WITH THE BANNS ROAD TRACK FROM WHICH WE DESCEND BACK TO THE CAR PARK.
REFRESHMENTS, DOWNSHIRE ARMS HOTEL HILLTOWN.
On a frosty Saturday morning thirty ramblers arrived at
Carndaisy Church, which was the starting point for the latest WTR walk. They
donned gaiters and appropriate gear as the pathway leading to the base of
Slieve Gallion was quite mucky after the recent snow and rain. On crossing a
small burn along the side of the mountain they came to a snow-covered lane. The
walk to the top was pleasant, as by this stage, the sun had come out. They
continued onwards to reach the mast at the summit. Here it was bitterly cold
and windy so they had a welcome lunch-break in a sheltered spot on the eastern
side overlooking Lough Neagh. Making their way to the cairn they were treated
to spectacular views over the Sperrins and the surrounding area. The return
journey to the starting point was through open mountain via a different route.
Latest in Walk Reports - Branny Ramble , Ballygawley - Omagh Town Circuit - Central Sperrin Way - Ballykelly Bank
AUSTRIAN HOLIDAY 2015
Dates are 2nd to 9th September.
Resort is Maria Alm
Cost is, brochure price £955, there is a flight supplement of £51 for 18 , could change for any further bookings., group discount £47.75, and a single supplement of £60.
Flights are Dublin/Munich.
Times of flights are, departure Dublin 0720/1045.return 1125/1300.
We would ask anyone interested to Contact Desmond Preston by email on email@example.com , who has booking forms and contact details for confirmation.
The holiday is restricted to 28 persons, at present 18 booked, so group discount will apply.
For more details please click here
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