BRANDY PAD 17 FEBRUARY 18
15 walkers met on a glorious morning at Meelmore Lodge and were transferred to Bloody Bridge car park by hired minibus (thanks to Sinead and the Club for organising). Our route followed the Brandy Pad to the quarry below the Mourne Wall at Donard. At this point we split into three groups.
The A group pushed on along the Brandy pad towards the Hares Gap and from there to Bearnagh and Meelmore before returning to Meelmore Lodge via Spellagh. The B group followed closely in their footsteps, taking in Bearnagh before returning to Meelmore Lodge via Pollaphuca and the Trassey Track. The C group took a leisurely walk along the Brandy Pad to the Hares Gap and from there back to the Lodge via the Trassey Track.
A day of unbroken sunshine accompanied by splendid views of the helicopter as it continued its work aiding the restoration of the Mourne Wall. Those in the A and B group had a closer encounter with the machine and crew on Bearnagh. Those in the C group had to be content with a friendly circle overhead! A grand day out!(thanks to Cowan for photos and text)
DOAN, CAIRN, OTT 3 FEBRUARY 18
Ten Ramblers gathered at the carpark at the foot of Butter Mountain for the walk led by Colin and Orlagh. The route followed the Ott Track to the saddle between Slieve Loughshannagh and Cairn Mountain and from there followed a somewhat indistinct path across wet bog land and heather to Doan. The group contoured around Doan before climbing to the summit from the Silent Valley side – a tough but interesting ascent. Poor visibility spoiled the views and it was decided that given the poor weather conditions, crossing to Ben Crom would be avoided. Under Colin and Orlaghs expert map reading, we headed for Cairn Mountain and from there to Ott Mountain before descending once again to the Ott track and back to the carpark. A fine walk with some challenging conditions under foot but mercifully the rain stayed away until we were all safely back in our cars! Thanks to Colin and Orlagh for organizing and their fine leadership. (thanks to Cowan for photos and text)
LUKES MOUNTAIN 20 JANUARY 18
Thanks to Orlagh and Cowan for the photos and Cowan for the text on the Photos page.
AGM 19 JANUARY 18
The NICS Ramblers AGM was held at the Stormont Pavilion, commencing with the necessary business matters which saw Imelda(Secretary) and Helen(Treasurer) step down and be replaced by Sinead McCartan and Norman McElhinney respectively. A welcome meal followed accompanied by a slideshow of the 2017 walks and holidays. After the meal Den conducted a raffle which raised the excellent sum of £140(rounded up by the club to £150) for the worthy cause of Mourne Mountain Rescue. The evening concluded with musical entertainment provided by Victor. Thanks to the members who attended, contributed raffle prizes and helped make the evening a success.