Archive | December 2017

Misty and Windy Blackstairs followed by Mulled Wine and Mince Pies !

Photographing the photographer : last traces of snow near the ridge

The annual club Mulled Wine walk took place in the Blackstairs Range on 17th December; there were two walks , led by Peter and John; Peter’s more challenging walk took the group to Caherroe’s Den but not by the traditional route and involved a number of ravine crossings .

John’s more leisurely walk was around the south of Black rock mountain and up the turf road to the turf hut on the Mount Leinster Ridge where the group had the benefit of some shelter from the ever strengthening wind. Return to the cars was over Blackrock itself with the wind driving the party onwards and down.

Both groups met up in the much warmer environs of Bowe’s Pub in Kiltealy where sandwiches, mulled wine and mince pies went down well

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Annual Christmas Party Walk

Navigating a peat bank on climb toward Carraig na Binne

Descending towards King’s Yard on the Sunday walk

The Club made a return trip to the Galtees for their annual Christmas get together weekend. Events kicked off on Friday evening with a night walk up to Galty Mór completed in a cracking four hours with magnificent visibility making head torches unnecessary until the later stages of the walk .

The main event of the weekend is the Saturday walk and this year a section of the Galtees not previously visited was tackled with a climb to Carraig na  Binne (the Rock of the  Cliff : appropriately named given the steep fall to the North ) with a return along the turf road parallel to the Blackrock River . Unfortunately it was only as the river came into view on the return leg that visibility improved to reveal the steep hills either side of the river vallery.  A short cut back to the cars through a wood became something of an adventure as a search was made for the path clearly marked on the OS map but not so clear on the ground – eventually the group emerged from thick forestry onto the path which took us back to the cars just as dusk set in !

Saturday evening saw the group enjoy a well earned meal in the warm surrounding of the Kilcoran Lodge Hotel.

Sunday’s walk started from the well appointed King’s Yard