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GALLERY 2019
SLIEVE CROOB 17 AUGUST 2019

For today's walk Jim Martin led a walk at Slieve Croob. Thanks to Helen Mallon for the photos.
BINNIAN TO HARES GAP 20 JULY 2019

Six ramblers gathered at Meelmore Lodge for transfer to Carrick Little car park, the starting point for today’s walk. It was agreed that the proposed walks would merge and follow the high level route. From Carrick Little car park, the group ascended Slieve Binnian, following the Mourne Wall to the South Tor. From there we crossed to the North Tor before descending to the saddle at Slieve Lamagan and lunch. After lunch, we dropped down to Ben Crom Reservoir and followed the path to the Shelter Stone. From there, it was a gradual climb to the Hares’ Gap and then down to the finish at Meelmore Lodge. The fine weather provided excellent walking conditions and fine views. (thanks to Cowan for the photos and text)
JOHN MUIR WAY 9-17 JUNE 2019

Another excellent trail holiday, 95 miles(relatively flat) over seven walking days with a day travelling either side. The weather was surprisingly kind to us, only the one poor day as we walked from South Queensferry to Edinburgh. Most days the bad weather was above us, below us or to the side. The hotels and guesthouses I had chosen were good with a couple of hidden gems and the food was excellent. We believe the drinks were good but we abstained until the final evening! Thanks to the others for their great company and I was very pleased to start and complete the walk this year. Already planning for next year.
DOAN, BEN CROM 01 JUNE 2019

Some pics from Saturday’s walk in the Mournes superbly led by Norman McElhinney. From Ott car park, past Ott, to foot of Bearnagh, on to Ben Crom, over to Doan and back to Ott car park. Great weather! Forecast rain never arrived. Low cloud at times but clear when it needed to be.(thanks to Dermot for the photos and text)
IRISH MUNROS 17-22 MAY 2019

Ten years ago the club organised a trip to ascend the seven Irish Munros and Colin organised a repeat of that trip for nine members this year. The group ascended Brandon, Beenkeragh, Carrauntoohill, Caher, Cnoc na Peiste, Galtymore and Lugnaquilla over five days of hard walking. The group agreed to raise funds for the Friends of the Cancer Centre in Belfast and already over £1,400 has been raised. Thanks to Dermot for the photos and also for the YouTube video which may be viewable if you copy and paste this link into your browser https://youtu.be/iFkXpXDSbYQ . The final amount raised was an excellent £3,206.26.
LANZAROTE 12-19 MARCH 2019

I have now received some photos of the club holiday on Lanzarote last month. Thanks to Helen Magill for the selection of photos and to Ivan for the text on the first photo page.
THE BIRDS 04 MAY 2019

An absolutely wonderful Birds hike in the Mournes today led by Norman. Fantastic weather and fantastic views! Took in Pigeon, Cock and Hen Mountains. Fabulous. And don't forget that a group of Ramblers (now 9) will be tackling the 7 highest mountains in Ireland over 5 days (17-22 May) to raise money for the Friends of the Cancer Centre. A JustGiving page has been set up by Orlagh which you might like to share with all your friends: details in the recent e-mail from Sinead.
(thanks to Dermot for the photos and text)
ROSTREVOR, SLIEVE MARTIN 06 APRIL 2019

Superbly enjoyable walk led by Denis Hamill today from Kilbroney car park to the Cloughmore Stone and on to the top of Slieve Martin, before meandering back via some delightful scenes. Fabulous weather. Fabulous views. Fabulous day! (I suspect that Dermot enjoyed the walk, thanks to him for the photos and description)
EAGLE & PIGEON 30 MARCH 2019

This walk was originally scheduled for 16th March but the weather intervened. Starting from Pigeon car park, Colin led a high level walk including Eagle and Pigeon whilst Cowan led a low level alternative route. Thanks to Dermot for the photos.
MEELMORE LODGE 16 FEBRUARY 19

Some photos from Saturday’s walk in the Mournes led by Sinead (Low Level) and Norman (High Level). All left Meelmore Lodge together and proceeded past Fofanny Dan to the saddle at Slieve Loughshannagh. Here group split and LL followed path round Slieve Loughshannagh to stile between Bearnagh and Meelmore and back to Lodge. HL group went over Loughshannagh, Meelbeg and Meelmore and back to Lodge. Often in low cloud at higher levels and very windy in areas, but another enjoyable and tiring day in the mountains. Coffee and lemon meringue pie well earned!(thanks to Dermot and Orlagh for photos and Dermot for the text)
BINNIAN FROM CARRICK LITTLE 2 FEBRUARY 19

Thanks to Stephen for organising what looks to have been a challenging but enjoyable walk from Carrick Little to the top of Binnian. Thanks also to Dermot and Orlagh for the photos.
RAMBLERS AGM 18 JANUARY 2019

Friday evening, mid-January, Pavilion, it has to be the club AGM. An excellent turnout witnessed a prompt conclusion to the AGM business, an interesting presentation by Jim Hayes on the Irish Munros, an enjoyable meal, a ballot which raised a generous sum of £176 for Mourne Mountain Rescue and capped off by an enjoyable quiz organised by Cowan(helped by his glamorous but modest assistant). A very enjoyable evening all round.
COMMEDAGH 05 JANUARY 2019

The first Mourne walk of 2019 started at Meelmore Lodge and followed the Ulster Way around Lukes Mountain. Whilst cloud shrouded the mountain tops, the group of 8 ramblers were treated to some fine views over Tollymore and Newcastle. After ascending Commedagh the group descended to the Brandy Pad and followed it to the Hare's Gap. We then followed the higher path around the base of Bearnagh before descending on to the Trassey track and back to Meelmore Lodge. Our thanks to Stephen for leading and to all who participated in a fine ramble. A little easier than last years adventure in the snow!(thanks to Cowan for the photos and text)
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