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Sperrins Hillwalking Club
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Cookstown
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Club Walks 2015/16

18/02/2016

Reviewing the Walks of the 15-16 Programme to date. The 15-16 Programme is well under way now in February 16 and as usual there’s been interesting days as well as the challenging and gentle walking opportunities. In October the Club had their membership drive with the walk in Banagher Glen .It was an extremely wet day but the club welcomed a number of new walkers to sample the long or shorter route on offer that day .Banagher Glen is easily accessed from the Feeny Road or the Draperstown Rd .The walk to the dam is on a well maintained tarmac path however many felt that the walk beyond the dam was even more scenic though the path not as good . In November on a glorious clear Sunday the club headed to Co Donegal. Eskaheen just outside Muff was the climb that day to enjoy the lovely views of Derry, Lough Foyle ,Scalp and mountains tops of Inishowen . The new route for Hudy’s way was enjoyed mostly by the walkers on the other side of the mountain.It was a frosty slippery morning and didn't suit some drivers ….It proved a lovely walk for those that did venture and seemingly there was a great recitation about Hudy ….hopefully that walk will be on programme again . On Boxing Day the walk was in Glenshane.It was foggy for most of the walk so views were limited but it was pleasant walking on the gravel path all the way up to that very secret place where the Mass rock is and completing the circle back to the cars …… The Coleraine town walk and Mount Sandel Fort was another wet walk but very interesting especially the Fort and the views over the Bann .There was a lot of water as it had been raining for a few days but that didn't seem to deter those wanting to be outdoors .The canoeists were making good use of the Bann waters .On that day there was also plenty of talk about the floods and opinions about flood gates on the Bann. Coleraine is an interesting town with its two bridge across the river the lovely Rose garden and the tunnels that were used in days long ago . An Carn has been walked many times by the Sperrins Hill walkers but this time the approach was from the Glenshane side all the way across to Slaughtneil side .It was at times very wet under foot but it is still a very pleasant walk and amazing views all round . February now and as Drum Manor with Dunamore River walk completed the programme is going well.Drum Manor is a lovely forest walk and a great place to enjoy the lovely lake,mature trees, walled garden,butterfly area and amenities that the park provided. .Everything here was first class so clean and well kept . We have welcomed some new members and miss those that walked with us previously. YOU are welcome to come and sample walking with Sperrins Hill walkers ! All details re meeting place time etc on the Walks Programme Page .


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