The Ramblers made their way to Glengarra Woods, the weather was anything but promising, but as soon as they set out, all rain disappeared and the group enjoyed all that the millennium forest had to offer. Starting off with the beautiful pink of the rhododendrons, then taking the higher route above the Burncourt river, with plenty of waterfalls after all the rain and the architectural features of the Mountain view youth hostel – even though the group didn’t head out onto the Galtees, they enjoyed the views around them. Heading back they had a bit of a giggle testing how waterproof their boots were, as they crossed an extra high stream; most passing the test; to finish, they came off the main path through the forest to make their way back to the cars, where all enjoyed a cuppa before heading home.
The A Walk
A day where it rained all morning as they travelled to their start point, and where the forecast for the day for near continuous rain, had a great surprise in store for them; they had a lovely dry day! With ten walkers, led by Dan Condren they took a route from the Nire church up by the Glen river through the beautiful woodland where the forest floor was a magnificent carpet of bluebells. They then continued to Knockshegowna for lunch, before returning in a loop to Glen river again. With the river in flood, the bluebells in full bloom and the dappled light through the leaves and branches, this was one of the most scenic and uplifting walks imaginable. Today, nature gave a real treat.
The B Walk
24 walkers on B walk headed to Ballydavid with Dick Hennessy and Tom Lysaght leading. On a day where the weather forecast promised little, the walkers enjoyed ideal hiking conditions in the Galtees. On reaching the phone mast, both groups then headed up towards Sturrakeen. They enjoyed lunch sheltered by The Vane Rock and afterwards headed down keeping Penders stream on their left. On the way Tom Ryan led all in a few songs of the hills. Everyone was delighted to welcome new faces, meet old friends and return to our regular Sunday walks.