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.Continue reading “Waterfalls Walk (02nd April 2022)”

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 preparesContinue reading “What to Pack for a Hike”

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 eitherContinue reading “Dromora Hills (19th March 2022)”

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)”