HAPPY VALLEY, SLIEVELOUGHSHANNAGH 7 APRIL 18
Ten ramblers met at the Happy Valley carpark in fine walking weather. Under the leadership of Colin and Orlagh, the group headed up on to the Mourne Way, in the direction of Fofanny Dam. We took the high path around Meelmore and Meelbeg and then on to the summit of Slieve Loughshannagh. Following a short “banana” break, the ramblers descended to the saddle and then on to Meelmore and Meelbeg, where lunch was called for. The return journey took us down to the saddle between Meelmore and Bearnagh and then on to the path leading back to the stile at Slieve Loughshannagh. From there, it was back along the track to Happy Valley carpark. Low cloud and mist masked the scenery and whilst the weather gods were kind, it was decidedly damp underfoot. Our thanks to Colin and Orlagh for organising and leading the walk.(thanks to Cowan for photos and text)
KILBRONEY, SLIEVE MARTIN 24 MARCH 18
Another Saturday, and another walk in the Mournes, this time in the little-
SEEFINS 10 MARCH 18
On a very wet and windy Saturday, eight intrepid walkers set off from Dinnywater gates. Guided by the redoubtable Denis Hamill, we first easily ascended Round and Long Seefin before heading through the granite workings of Rocky Mountain-
Before setting off, we handed over a cheque for £150, raised at our AGM, to Ronan McBride from the Mourne Rescue team. Ronan commented that the team was most grateful for the donation.
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.