Gallery2021 - NICS Ramblers

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The last walk of 2021 was led by Denis at Crawfordsburn to burn off some of the Turkey and mince pies. Thanks to Ivan for the photo of the good turnout.

Eleven ramblers, including 4 welcome guests, set off from Meelmore Lodge in fine weather. Our route took us to Slievenaglogh  and onward to Slieve Corragh and Commedagh. We descended to the saddle between Commedagh and Donard where we stopped briefly for lunch. We travelled back to the Hare’s Gap via the Brandy Pad and at the Hare’s Gap, a small group pushed on to Bearnagh whilst the remainder headed back to the Lodge, descending to the Trassey Track via the high path on the side of Bearnagh. Unfortunately, on this path, one of our party (me) had a nasty fall and required the assistance of his fellow ramblers and Mourne Mountain Rescue to get back to Meelmore Lodge. Thankfully although the injury was painful, the casualty is recovering at home! Our thanks to Mourne Mountain Rescue for their help.(thanks to Cowan for the photos and text and best wishes for his quick recovery)

Some photos of our walk in memory of Audrey Haggan from Dundrum Castle, through Murlough's dunes and back. After a few well chosen words by Helen Mallon in which she recalled many happy times she and Club members shared with Audrey on walks and trips, we set off in fair weather conditions through the village of Dundrum before entering the tranquil sand dune system of Murlough, enjoying the sights and sounds of nature as we went. Although the skies often darkened and rain frequently threatened, it wasn't until our return to the castle that any significant rain actually fell and even then it was light and brief. Here we were joined by Audrey's sister Barbara and brother-in-law Derek for a picnic and chat. A very fitting tribute to a much loved and much missed club member. Members can still donate to the Just Giving page set up in Audrey's memory to raise funds for the Mourne Heritage Trust by clicking on the following link:
(thanks to Helen and Dermot for the text and to Dermot for the photos)

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Saturdays walk started on the Yellow Road at Glenmore, just to the Southwest of Hilltown. Four walkers, ably led by Colin, headed South via Trainors Rocks, Wee Roosley, Slieve Roosley and Leckan More before entering Ballymoney woods and the final descent into Rostrevor. We were blessed with a beautiful clear day and spectacular views across the Mournes and Carlingford Lough. The long, challenging walk through the heather and bracken was rewarded with a fine ice-cream at the café in Kilbroney Park which marked the end of our trek.(thanks to Cowan for the photos and text)


Saturdays walk comprised a High Level and Low-level version. High-level and low-level participants gathered at Meelmore Lodge and were transferred to the respective starting points by minibus. The low-level ramblers were dropped at Silent Valley reservoir and made their way to Ben Crom dam and followed the path along the edge of the dam to the Shelter Stone, at the head of the dam. From there, the track took the Ramblers up to the Hares's Gap and then back to Meelmore Lodge. The high-level walkers were dropped at Carrick Little and followed the Mourne Wall to the summit Tor of Binnian. It was then onward to the North Tor and the descent to the saddle between Binnian and Slieve Lammagan. Following the descent from the saddle to Ben Crom dam, the group followed the same route as the low-level ramblers, returning to Meelmore via the Shelter Stone and the Hare's Gap. Our thanks to Ivan for leading the low-level and Norman for leading the high level.(thanks to Cowan for the text and the photos from the High Level walk)

On Saturday Stephen led the walk from the Silent Valley car park over Moolieve, Wee Binnian, Slieve Binnian and then back along side Ben Crom and the Silent Valley reservoirs, Fabulous walk in fabulous weather.(thanks to Dermot for the photos and text)(thanks to Cowan for the last two additional photos)


Seven ramblers set off from the car park at the Deer's Meadow, Spelga, under the leadership of Norman McIlhenny. The route took us up Pigeon Rock Mountain and on to Slievemoughanmore before descending to the Windy Gap. From there, the route took us parallel to the river before crossing at the ford and ascending Slievemageogh and from there back to Pigeon Rock Mountain and down to the car park. A testing ramble over varied terrain, with most of us getting our feet wet at some point. Our thanks to Norman for leading and ensuring we all got back safe and sound.(thanks to Cowan for the photos and text)(thanks also to Dermot for additional photos)


After the disappointment of having to cancel our first scheduled walk in the Mournes following the easing of restrictions, we were blessed with fine weather for our challenging walk in the Mournes on Saturday. Denis Hamill led the party of eleven club members from Meelmore Lodge. The route took us along the Mourne / Ulster Way towards Fofanny Dam. We headed on the seemingly endless trek up Meelbeg where we paused to catch our breath before moving on to the top of Meelmore. From here we descended to the saddle. After some consideration, we all agreed to the daunting ascent of Bearnagh! Following a well-earned lunch at the summit, it was all downhill to the Hare's gap and back to Meelmore Lodge for a well-deserved coffee. Our thanks to Den for his expert leadership and well done all for completing what was a demanding days trekking!(Thanks to Cowan for the photos and text)
CONLIG(Evening Walk) - 11 MAY 2021

Club walks resumed after the easing of lockdown measures with an Evening walk at Conlig led by Wally Gamble. Thanks to Jim for this photo to record the occasion.

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