CHIMNEY ROCK 3 OCTOBER 2020
On a cold autumn Saturday Norman led a walk over and around Chimney Rock. Thanks to Dermot for the photos.
PFALZ REGION 4- 11 SEPTEMBER 2020
In September 2020 the Club travelled to the Pfalz (or Palatinate) Region of Western Germany. There are a huge number of good walking trails in this area – through this extensive wine growing area; into the hills and forests of the Pfalz; alongside the Rhine etc. We were based in the historical town of Landau in der Pfalz with its lovely squares, pubs, cafes, restaurants and interesting shops. Each day we used the extensive local rail and bus network to travel to and from our walks. Local traditional food was enjoyed by all and some sampled the local beer and wine – but no longer to excess!(thanks to Michael for the photos and text)
SLIEVE CROOB 15 AUGUST 2020
A great walk superbly led by Jim Martin was enjoyed by ten Ramblers, including two new members, on Saturday past. The 15km walk to the summit of Slieve Croob and back took us along public roads, grassy tracks and some open hillside. We passed the impressive Legananny Dolmen, a portal tomb dating back to 2500-
2000 years BC, and spotted some interesting flora and fauna on the way. Conditions were dry but overcast for most of the first half of the walk and unfortunately the summit of Slieve Croob was under low cloud when we arrived, but the second half was enjoyed in bright sunshine with a cooling breeze to keep things relatively comfortable most of the time. Some great views of the Mournes skyline were on show on the return journey also.(thanks to Dermot for the photos and text)
ALTERNATIVE WALK 22 FEBRUARY 2020
Largely a bright, sunny day in the Mournes, but far too windy for the peaks, so it was decided in Niki's Café to stay low for the day. Denis Hamill subsequently led us on a very enjoyable walk from Donard Park to Tollymore and back into Newcastle, roughly following the course of the Shimna River. (thanks to Dermot for the photos and text)
AGM 31 JANUARY 2020
The AGM was held at the Pavilion and was attended by over 30 members and guests who raised a total approaching £200 for Mourne Mountain Rescue. The evening commenced with the AGM business of reports and election of Officers and committee members and thanks to those members stepping back from their previous roles. Our guest speaker was Michael Donnelly from NI Water who gave an excellent illustrated account of the Mourne Wall Restoration Project in 2017/2018, thanks Michael. After his presentation we enjoyed our meal followed by a raffle to benefit Mountain Rescue and the evening concluded with a fiercely contested quiz presented by Cowan.