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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 east face.

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.

 Distance 10km

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 mobile number.

 My contact details.

Tel 028 8224 3229

Mobile 07972110043

e-mail. desmondpreston@hotmail.com

 



 INFO FOR NEW MEMBERS

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 August 2nd

Grade B

Knockalla Ridge , Donegal

Contact Mary Holland

07874 166831