8 April 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The Knockatallon Ramblers will host its popular annual Boots n Bogs walking festival this weekend. Based in the scenic Sliabh Beagh area, the club invites walkers from neighbouring clubs and anyone who enjoys walking in the countryside to come along this weekend, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th April at 11.30am. The walks will proceed at a leisurely pace and are suitable for anyone with an average level of fitness.
The walk on Saturday starts from the Sliebh Beagh Hotel, Knockatallon. Steeped in local myth and legend, the Sliabh Beagh Way meanders through the valleys of County Tyrone, the drumlins of County Monaghan and the lakeland of County Fermanagh.
The walk on Sunday starts at the Coonian Community Centre. The Community Centre is signposted at Fivemiletown. The recently formed Coonian Ramblers organise a wide range of walks in this beautiful, unspoilt border region.
Light refreshments will be served on return to the Sliabh Beagh Hotel and Coonian Community Centre. Registration is 11.30am on both days and walks will start at 12 noon. Cover charge €7 or £5. All walks are guided by experienced members. Waterproof clothing and footwear essential.

Slieve Gullion
Slieve Gullion at 573 metres is a popular fixture on the Knockatallon Rambler’s walking calendar. On recent visits, the wind and rain has blown sideways off the mountain, but we enjoyed excellent weather conditions last Sunday and it was possible to see as far away as Connacht and Dublin Bay.
The high car park on the Ring of Gullion was the starting point. It was also the lauching pad for two intrepid hang-gliders!
The group stopped for lunch next to a passage grave – the highest yet discovered in Ireland. Legend has it that this was the home of a witch – The Cailleach Beara in gaelic. The well-preserved passage tomb is still intact and could be used as an emergency shelter in bad weather.
The weather was so glorious, a second stop on the way back down proved a popular call to make, and the group enjoyed the magnificent views from the far side of the ring as they drained the last drops from their flasks.
As the group approaced the lower car park, the hang glider we met at the start of the walk soared into the air from the hills above.

Meeting: Don’t forget the club meeting next Tuesday, 14th April in the Sleibh Beagh Hotel at 9pm.

NEXT WALKS: Saturday 9th April. Boots n Bogs walking festival, Sliabh Beagh Hotel. Registration 11.30am. Sunday 10th April. Boots n Bogs walking festival, Coonian Community Centre, Fivemiletown. Registration 11.30am. Sunday 17 April, Hangmanʼs Hill (Leitrim) meet McCaguesʼs Pub, Roslea at 9.30am.

facebook The Knockatallon Ramblers is on Facebook.

Club Hats: The club has high visability wool hats in stock with the Knockatallon Ramblers logo. Price €7.

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