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Rathlin Island (14th May 2022)

Trekking NI made their first club visit to Rathlin Island. The group enjoyed the ferry sailing across calm waters under the gaze of the sunshine. Following this was a trek through the charming little island being treated with quiet country roads, coastal views, vibrant green fields, spectacular cliffs and inspiring sea views. The group also…

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Slieve Foye – Carlingford (30th April 2022)

On a wet and grey Saturday morning, Trekking NI congregated at Carlingford town. The grey morning was brightened by the enthusiasm of ten hikers intent on an adventure to the peak of Slieve Foye. We trekked through a colourful and charming Carlingford town following River Lane to ascend towards the foot of Slieve Foye. We…

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Mountaineering Skills (23rd-24th April 2022)

Trekking NI members participated in Mountain Skills Level 1 with Mountaineering Ireland lead by Ronnie. This outdoor seminar was conducted under blue skies within the surrounds of natural beauty that is The Mournes. The two day course saw club members learn the art of navigation gaining competencies in following a bearing, taking a bearing and…

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The Robbers Tables (16th April 2022)

Trekking NI gathered on Easter eve embracing the soothing ambience of Gortin Glen Forest Park. We trekked along forest roads surrounded by vibrant green grass at the foot of the spectacular algae coated trees. We followed a steep path up Curraghchosaly Mountain offering impressive views along the way as we reached the peak. Onwards we…

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Waterfalls Walk (02nd April 2022)

Trekking NI had two groups taking on waterfall themed hikes within The Mournes. One group setting off from Ott Car Park and the other from Silent Valley. A low cloud surrounded the valley of Ott Mountain and Slieve Loughshannagh. We opted for the grassy trail following the river that pointed us towards the Mourne Wall.…

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What to Pack for a Hike

When going on a hike there is often a dilemma about what to pack. You do not want to carry unnecessary weight but also do not want to be in a position whereby you do not have what you need. At altitude, the weather is variable regardless of the season. The best hiking kit prepares…

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Dromora Hills (19th March 2022)

Commencing at The Windy Gap Car Park, Trekking NI journeyed into the Dromara Hills seeking out Legananny Mountain and Slieve Croob. A mischievous wind passed through the car park as we were getting ready to set off. Just down the road, we entered a trail known as the Windy Gap Pad. The high hedges either…

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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 lay…

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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.…

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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 silvery…

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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 the…

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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 were…

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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 a…

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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 TREK…

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Trekking NI Christmas Raffle!!!

As Christmas draws near, Trekking NI brings you here, To enter our prize draw, For winnings of awe, So get yourself a ticket, You wont want to miss it!! Trekking NI have launched their first ever Club Christmas Raffle!!! Fantastic prizes are on offer so enter our raffle for your chance to win!!! Click the…

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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 colourful…

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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 the…

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LECALE WAY (30th October 2021)

On Halloween Eve, Trekking NI toured the Lecale Way on what was a magnificent autumn morning. The Lecale landscape basked in glorious sunshine presenting the most delightful scenes. We met up in a tranquil Ardglass town and walked the countryside roads to Killough coastline heading towards St. Johns Point. We sat at the coastal rocks…

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THE SPERRINS (16th October 2021)

A spirited Trekking NI travelled to Co Tyrone to explore The Sperrins Mountains. The Sperrins were shy in revealing themselves taking cover in a thick mist which descended low into the valleys. Undeterred, we ventured into the mysterious fog and we too became secluded from the outside world. We reached the summit of Dart then…

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