The Blue Lough (05th March 2022)

Arriving at the heavenly Carrick Little, Trekking NI set off on a journey featuring Slieve Binnian, Silent Valley and the Blue Lough. We trekked along the rocky path towards Binnian. Ahead of us the beauty of the Mournes were on full display basking in the sun under a blue sky. Behind us the ocean layContinue reading “The Blue Lough (05th March 2022)”

Scrabo (19th February 2022)

Arriving at Newtownards under a grey weeping grey sky, we got kitted up with our wet gear before setting off for a coastal path. We walked along the Flood Bank Path with open views of Strangford Lough to our left. The tide was afar though the remaining water gave the sandy surface a silvery shine.Continue reading “Scrabo (19th February 2022)”

Annalong Valley (5th February 2022)

Arriving at Carrick Little we set off down Head Road towards Dunnywater at the bottom of Annalong Wood. The trees were brought to life by the passing wind which relayed a soothing whisper. We emerged from the wood and followed the Mourne Wall to guide us towards Rocky Mountain. As we climbed Rocky, a silveryContinue reading “Annalong Valley (5th February 2022)”

Northern Mournes (22nd January 2022)

Meeting at Meelmore Lodge, Trekking NI toured the Northern Mournes. We trekked Slievenaglough, Slieve Corragh, Slieve Commedagh, Shan Slieve and Luke’s Mountain. The three groups set off each on their own adventure. We elegantly crossed Trassey River followed by an enthusiastic climb up a green path up to Slievenaglough. We then marched straight to theContinue reading “Northern Mournes (22nd January 2022)”

Mountaineering Skills (20th -21st November 2021)

Five members of Trekking NI participated in a Mountaineering Ireland skills programme. We learned to use a compass, map reading and take a bearing from a map. We practised distancing and pacing too which positions us to plan a hike. We then turned out the lights and done it all in the dark. We wereContinue reading “Mountaineering Skills (20th -21st November 2021)”

Glenariff Forest (08th January 2022)

Trekking NI commenced 2022 hiking schedule with a visit to the beautiful Glenariff Forest Park Trails. The morning began overcast with a cold drizzle. Initially we followed an ascending trail being greeted with views of the surrounding landscape displaying fields of green, forestry and mountains looking out onto the sea. The forest trail had aContinue reading “Glenariff Forest (08th January 2022)”

Trekking NI Christmas Raffle Results!!!

Trekking NI have completed their first ever Club Christmas Raffle!!! The results are in!!! We raised a total of £500.60! which will be used to fund club development such as First Aid Training, Navigation Skills and Leader Equipment. The winners were selected using rallyup.com random selection facility. The winners are: COLLETTE MORGAN – £40.00 TREKContinue reading “Trekking NI Christmas Raffle Results!!!”

Mount Errigal (13th November 2021)

Mount Errigal awaited Trekking NI on a misty November morning standing majestically before us wearing a crown of clouds. Errigal challenged us with extensive swampland softened by the touch of the morning dew. Some elegantly navigated around the swamp whilst others embraced the mud. We emerged from the wetland and were greeted with a colourfulContinue reading “Mount Errigal (13th November 2021)”

Mountaineering Session (25th September 2021)

Trekking NI participated in an informal induction into the craft of mountaineering with representative body Mountaineering Ireland. Eight of our club members took part in this exercise with the aim to increase competencies in mountaineering skills. This practical session was conducted by Ronnie who invited participants to outline what they desired to attain from theContinue reading “Mountaineering Session (25th September 2021)”