EAST ANTRIM RAMBLING CLUB

SUNDAY WALK PROGRAMME - SUMMER 2017

*  All walks start at 10.30 am at the WALK MEETING POINT (exception in case of A-B walk) - any concerns at all about the walk please contact the WALK LEADER.  If going to the interim meeting point check time carefully!

 

DATE

 

WALK

 

IMP (interim meeting point)

WALK MEETING POINT (ordnance survey grid ref, OS sheet number)

DESCRIPTION

(distance, elevation if over 200 metres, nature of terrain)

 

WALK LEADER/S

OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION

2nd April

 

Carlingford Lough area

 

Slieve Foye

Carlingford

Co Louth

Junction 6, M1

Off-slip to A49, small car park immediately left

BT27 5BE

9.15 am

Carlingford car park (easily seen from coastal road)

 

J189117 Sheet 29

 

8 miles

750 metres

Steep ascents and descents, rough ground

 

John Kinahan

 

90648419

07703258997

 

Full mountain gear – boots, poles, etc

9th April

 

Co Armagh

 

The Beetlers’ Trail, Keady

County Armagh

 

Junction 6, M1

 

(as above)

 

9.15 am

Heritage Centre car park in Keady (turn left at monument on Main St, then first left)

 

H845341 Sheet 28

9 miles

Circular walk

Mostly road on old mills trail, visiting Pat’s Garden, Old Tassagh graveyard and railway viaduct

Eileen Carson

 

91468319

07484144595

This walk could be done in trainers

14th - 18th April

 

Easter Trip

Staying at the Leenane Hotel, Connemara

 

(those going will get the finer detail nearer the time)

Allison and Jim Crawford

 

07985566182

 

23rd April

 

Antrim Coast and Glens

 

Cushendun area

Sandyknowes Roundabout – hard shoulder on A6 (BT36 4RF)

9.15 am

Beach car park

Cushendun

 

D249330 Sheet 5

10 miles

Circular walk

Mixture of road, track and coastal path.

Margaret Lark

07530177894

 

Jean Cameron

02893344244

Walking boots and poles needed for this walk

30th April

 

Belfast Hills

 

Carnmoney Hill

No IMP

Car park near Whiteabbey war memorial, Shore Rd

 

J358827 Sheet 15

8 miles

230 metres

Rough ground and muddy in places

Susan Clements

07724071699

Walking boots and poles recommended  for this walk

7th May

 

Mournes

 

Castlewellan Forest Park

 

Carryduff shops

Beside Eight South Restaurant 14a Ballynahinch Rd

BT8 8DN

9.30 am

 

The Square, Castlewellan

 

J342363 Sheet 29

8 miles

272 metres

Forest paths (with bluebells) and hills – some climbing

Margaret Marshall

 

90701537

07870134027

Boots and walking pole recommended

14th May

Antrim Plateau

 

Dungonnell Way

 

Sandyknowes Roundabout – hard shoulder on A6 (BT36 4RF)

9.15 am

 

Car park just on Ballymena side of Cargan on A43

 

D173163 Sheet 9

9.5 miles

Circular walk on track and road.  Gentle gradient.

Rene Ireland

 

93341770

07932231983

This walk could be done in trainers during dry weather

21st May

Mournes

 

Slieve Croob

 

(source of the River Lagan)

Carryduff shops

 

(address above)

 

9.30 am

Village of Finnis/Massford 2 miles south of Dromara on B7

 

J285477 Sheet 20

6.5 miles

534 metres

Steep ascent on road, farm lane and open hillside.

Rene Ireland

 

93341770

07932231983

Walking boots and poles needed.

Park carefully in village. Please be considerate of residents.

28th May

Sperrrins

 

Banagher Glen to Altaheglish Reservoir and Altaheglish Hill through Banagher Forest

Sandyknowes Roundabout – hard shoulder on A6 (BT36 4RF)

 

9.15 am

Car park at Banagher Glen signposted on B74 Dungiven/Feeny road.

C671047 Sheet 7

(if gate to Banagher Nature Reserve car park closed, meet in small parking area outside gate)

 

9 miles

360 metres

Circular walk on surfaced road and forest track. Some steep sections.

 

Jennifer Austin

 

 

07557371951

Walk could be done in trainers but only if weather has been dry

4th June

 

 

Mournes

 

Commedagh via

Green Road and Brandy Pad

Carryduff shops

 

(address above)

 

9.30 am

Donard Park, Newcastle J373305 Sheet 29

7.5 miles

750 metres

Circular walk

Steep ascents and descents

Mary Johnston

07963089515

 

Susan Clements

07724071699

Full mountain gear – boots, poles, etc

11th June

Causeway Coast

 

Giant’s Causeway to Ballintoy

Sandyknowes Roundabout – hard shoulder on A6 (BT36 4RF)

 

9.15 am

Ballintoy Harbour

(point B)

 

D037453 Sheet 5

10 miles

Linear walk (A-B)

On coastal path, with ascents and descents, some steps, rocky stretches and beach.

 

(boots and poles)

Jennifer Austin

 

 

07557371951

Travel with only  2 people in car to Ballintoy (Point B)

Half of cars to drive to Causeway railway station (Point A) – parking charges apply – or at main Causeway car park if NT member

18th June

Sperrins

 

Glenshane Forest

Sandyknowes Roundabout

(as above)

 

9.15 am

 

Car park at Ponderosa Bar

Glenshane Pass

BT47 4SD

 

C784032 Sheet 8

5-6 miles

Linear walk (A-B)

 

Forest paths, possibly boggy

Olwen McTaggart

07842101925

 

Diane Simpson

07944159336

Travel with only  2 people in car to meeting point

 

Boots necessary and poles if desired

25th June

North Down

 

Helen’s Tower, Helen’s Bay

No IMP

Helen’s Bay car park

 

J458828 Sheet 15

10 miles

Circular walk with gentle ascent

Good under foot but soggy in places after heavy rainfall.

 

Doris Craig

 

918522111

07754546047

 

Boots essential especially after wet weather

2nd July

Antrim Plateau

 

Antrim Hills Way – Linford (car park on Sallagh Road) to Glenarm

No IMP

Glenarm car park - at harbour on coast road to Carnlough

 

(Point B)

 

D310154 Sheet 9

7miles

378 metres

Linear walk (A-B)

Rough ground, boggy, some climbing

Linda Cross

93039724

07732652049

Travel with only 2 people in car to Glenarm (Point B).  Half of cars will drive to Point A (D333072)

 

Boots and poles required

9th July

 

 

 

 

Belfast Hills

 

Carr’s Glen sculpture, Colinward, Ballaghahagan

Cavehill summit

McArts fort

No IMP

Belfast Castle garden – at fountain

 

J575497 Sheet 21

6 miles

400 metres

Circular walk

Paths and open hillside – can be rough and muddy

Cyril McAteer

 

90710887

07879280773

 

 

Full mountain gear – boots, poles,etc

16th July

Strangford Lough area

 

Castle Ward (National Trust property)

Boundary Trail

(entrance fee for non NT members)

Carryduff shops

Beside Eight South Restaurant,14a Ballynahinch Rd

BT8 8DN

 

9.30 am

At the Quay just outside the farmyard.

 

J593507 Sheet 21

8.7 miles

Circular walk

Coastal, parkland, grassland and woodland

Lois Brennan

 

07779953670

We will meet in the car park or in the farmyard. (NT members should bring cards)

This walk could be done in trainers in good weather.

23rd July

 

 

 

Mournes

 

Ott mountain

Trassey track

Carryduff shops

(as above)

 

9.30 am

Lower Ott car park

On B27 to Kilkeel

 

J280278 Sheet 29

8 miles

300 metres

Circular walk on track and open hillside

Allison and Jim Crawford

 

07985566182

 

Full mountain gear – boots, poles, gaiters etc

 

30th July

 

 

 

 

Antrim Plateau

 

Walk above Carnlough including the “hidden” village

 

 

Sandyknowes Roundabout – hard shoulder on A6 (BT36 4RF)

 

9.30 am

Carnlough (car park accessed from side street opposite the harbour)

 

D287182 Sheet 9

7 miles

350 metres

On open hillside, possibly boggy, and some tracks

Elizabeth Adams

 

93359593

07507483457

 

Full mountain gear – boots, poles, gaiters etc

6th August

 

 

 

Carlingford Lough area

 

The Greenway and Forest, Carlingford, County Louth

 

Junction 6, M1

Off-slip to A49, small car park immediately left

(BT27 5BE)

 

9.15 am

Carlingford car park (easily seen from coastal road)

 

J189117 Sheet 29

 

8 miles

Circular walk

Forest track/surfaced road and coastal path

Deirdre Byrne

07775958870

 

Susan Clements

07724071699

Gentle climbing on forest track – walking boots preferable as some boggy places

13th August

 

 

 

 

Lough Foyle area

Binevenagh mountain

(AONB -Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty)

Sandyknowes Roundabout – hard shoulder on A6 (BT36 4RF)

 

9.00 am

St Aidan’s Church car park

Off A2 on coast road Castlerock-Limavady

 

C677314 Map 4

8 miles

385 metres

Circular walk with steep ascents/descents on forest paths and sheep track and cliff tops

 

 

 

Jim Kyle

07505560821

90801321

 

Boots and poles essential

20th August

 

 

Rathlin Island  

 

Coastguard station, East Light, Rue Point

Ferry booking essential – Phone 02820769299

(or online) Summer timetable not available at time of writing.

Sandyknowes Roundabout – hard shoulder on A6 (BT36 4RF)

 

NB Time will depend on ferry time. Information will be emailed by Cyril when timetable online.

 

Ballycastle Harbour

 

D120415 Sheet 5

 

Meet 15 mins before ferry departure time

 

 

 

Circular walk mostly on track and gentle gradient.

 

6.5 miles

 

 

 

 

 

Cyril McAteer

 

90710887

07879280773

 

Boots essential.

 

Important – check emails for the ferry time and IMP time.

Those with a Smartpass,

remember to bring it – your ferry journey is free!

27th August

Strangford Lough area

 

Mount Stewart

(National Trust property)

Perimeter walk

(entrance fee for non NT members)

 

 

No IMP

Main car park at entrance. Turn left and meet up at the Lookout Centre.

 

J553687 Sheet 21

Circular walk - approximately 8 miles on a mix of rough woodland path and some boggy areas  (this is an area of the estate recently acquired by NT, much of it only recently explored)

Elsie Spoerri

90863233

07721466478

(Elsie will be assisted by Toby Edwards who is a Mount Stewart ranger and red squirrel expert!)

Boots preferable due to boggy areas.

House, gardens and tea room open until 5 pm.

(NT should members bring cards)

 

1st – 4th September

Weekend trip to Donegal

Staying at the Nesbitt Arms Hotel, Ardara, Co Donegal

(more information to follow by email)

 

 

Weekend organised by Elsie Spoerri

90863233

07721466478

Walk leaders to be arranged for Saturday and Sunday.

 

10th September

Ring of Gullion

(AONB)

 

Slieve Gullion

(opportunity to see and enter Neolithic passage grave at the summit and stop at 5th century church and monastery on return road)

 

 

Junction 6, M1

Off-slip to A49, small car park immediately left

(BT27 5BE)

 

9.15 am

Car park adjacent to the Courtyard in Slieve Gullion Forest Park.

 

(A1 until B113 exit.

Go through Meigh and soon forest is signedposted)

J042196 Sheet 29

 

Circular walk – 9 miles

On minor roads and forest tracks but steep ascent over the summit and steep descent on rough ground.

 

Billy Bingham

 

90866341

07811881598

 

 

Boots preferable due to rough descent and boggy areas.  Poles would be advisable.

17th September

North Down Coast BallyholmeGroomsportOrlock Point – Portavo lake and return

No IMP

Ballyholme beach car park – turn off A2 at the roundabout where the dual carriageway ends

J525825 Sheet 15

9 miles

Mostly coastal path parts of which can be uneven.  Muddy in wet weather, particularly at the lake.

Eileen Carson

 

91468319

07484144595

Walking boots and some people might benefit from using a pole

 

24th September

Mournes

 

Mourne Wall

Carn Top

Slieve Muck

Ott Top

 

Carryduff shops

Beside Eight South Restaurant, 14a Ballynahinch Rd

BT8 8DN

 

9.30 am

 

Ott car park

On B27 to Kilkeel

 

J280279 Sheet 29

5 miles

450 metres

Circular walk with steep ascents and descents on track and open mountain

 

Cyril McAteer

 

90710887

07879280773

Full hill walking gear – boots, poles and gaiters

 

Remember!    Any concerns, phone the leader/s.  Happy rambling! 

 

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