Sunday 30 December, Matt Joy led the A walk consisting of a group of eleven with the 14km walk starting at Kings Yard on the southern side of the Galtees. The figure of eight route took them to Sli house and onto Bengower and Carrignabinnia in heavy drizzle. Lunchtime found them sheltering behind the county boundary wall from the cold wind and drizzle. Their return leg was via the Glounreagh river valley and through the forest back to Kings Yard. The final walk of the year with everyone in good spirit and looking forward to 2019.
The final ‘B’ walk of 2018 started on the forest road just above the Lake Muskry car park. A group of five walkers, led by Eddie Morrissey, ventured onto the Galtees in bright sunshine and after crossing the stile they headed east crossing a fast flowing stream in the Derry Glen. The group gained height quickly as they climbed the slopes of Farbreaga. They called to the remains on a booley before heading to Greenane where the sun had disappeared behind the gathering mist. The group proceeded along the ridge where they had lunch in the relative comfort of O’Loughnan’s Castle. After lunch the group descended in the general direction of Knockastackeen until they met a stream which guided them to the Muskry track and from there back to the cars. An enjoyable end to the 2018 walking year whetted the appetite of the group for the challenges of 2019.
We would like to wish all our members and their families best wishes for 2019 and hopefully lots of lovely walks to look forward to in 2019.