Despite a lot of thought and effort that goes into producing the West Tyrone Ramblers six monthly Walking Programme , the Walk Leaders need to be inventive and show adaptability to the Weather conditions at times. The last month has certainty seen this in place.
Though the first intended walk did indeed take place in a sunny climate. A coastal walk from Rossnowlagh to Murvagh Beach and back in County Donegal was enjoyed. However due to the very wet weather recently the next three walks were changed . As is usual this time of year with the short days the Ramblers tend to stick to closer pastures and the Sperrins were explored.
First up an outing to the Oughtmore area saw socks and shoes being took off to cross a swollen burn. Next the Robbers Table route just west of the Gortin Glens was tackled. The route goes over the western slopes of Curraghchosaly Mountain before returning over Ballynatubbrit mountain passing the Robber’s Table , the site where supposed 17th century highwaymen (Rapparees as they were known) met up to divide their spoils after raiding the postal carriages that traversed this upland landscape.
Last Saturdays walk was changed again due to the inclement weather. A road walk near Plumbridge replaced the intended flooded route.. From Plumbridge the Ramblers drove about a mile towards Cranagh where they turned left and parked at Glenelly Church. There were ten eager ramblers who had a good six mile walk in the snow showers along Bradkeel road towards Butterlope. Lunch was took near the junction with Butterlope road. The group attempted to reach the Chambered Wedge Tomb in the area. but because of fog and bad visibility they decided not to proceed and returned to the car park via Butterlope road, a quiet country road with very little traffic.