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Photos on this page from our last outing to Lough Fea
Next walk is on Saturday June 24th. Grade B
Starting at Spelga Dam Car Park we follow a circular route walking over seven lower peaks in the Western Mournes
Slevenamuck , Ott , Carn , Slieve Muck , Pigeon Rock , Cock & Slievenamiskan.
This is a 5 /2 to 6 hour walk including two tea breaks. Bring gaiters as it may be wet in places
Walk on Saturday July 8th - Comber Greenway , Belfast
Leaving promptly from Omagh 9.30am.
Starting point is Hollywood Arches Health Centre.
Walk of 8 miles, gentle gradient along a tarmac path.
On reaching Comber, Coffee/Tea/Beer before catching bus back to start point.
The fun began on Friday 26th May when fifty two
members of the West Tyrone Ramblers travelled to Llandudno in North Wales for
their annual walking weekend. They arrived at their hotel on a balmy May evening
with time to enjoy a walk on the two mile long promenade and marvel at the
larger than life size statues of characters from Alice's Adventures in
Wonderland sited around the town.
On Saturday, after an early breakfast, the Coach
travelled to Llanberis in the Snowdonia National Park; here thirty five members
of the group followed the ten mile Llanberis return route to the summit of Mount
Snowdon, 1085 metres high. The climbers started the climb in warm sunshine, unfortunately,
as the day progressed the summit of Snowdon misted over and sadly their views
from the top were limited. However, when
the climbers returned to base, some six hours later, the fact that they were
wet did not diminish their great sense of their elation and achievement at
having conquered Wales's highest mountain. Meanwhile, at the base of the
mountain, the village of Llanberis borders the scenic Lake Padarn and two
groups totaling the eighteen remaining Ramblers walked the seven mile path
around the lake in warm sunshine, visited the Slate Museum and explored the picturesque
village. During the return Coach journey to Llandudno and for the rest of the
night, there were many tales told of the day's escapades both on the mountain
and around the lake.
After a leisurely Sunday morning breakfast, the fifty
two Ramblers walked from their hotel along the Llandudno promenade and climbed up on the headland known as the Great
Orme Country Park and Nature Reserve and enjoyed a whole days walking on this
beautiful special area of conservation. The Great Orme has a very long history
of human habitation from the Stone Age to modern times with over 400 sites of
historical interest including copper mines dating from the Neolithic
times. An information centre provided ramblers with much interesting data
on the enormous variety of wild flowers, butterflies, breeding and migrant birds which populate this nature
reserve. The walk ended in the luscious gardens in Happy Valley where the theme
of Alice in Wonderland was evident within the gardens and in children's play
park. Llandudno as a seaside resort became popular in the Victorian era and the
Llandudno Council has taken as their tourism theme the story of Alice's
Adventures in Wonderland by the Victorian writer Lewis Carroll. The West
Tyrone Ramblers agree that Llandudno and the Snowdonia National Park are indeed
a 'wonderland' of walking experiences.
A gala dinner on Sunday night brought the
weekend to a close and there was no sign of tired legs when everyone took to
the floor for a night of music and dance.
On Monday morning the Coach conveyed the group to
Anglesey and for a special treat stopped for a two hour walk in the Breakwater
Nature Park, just outside Holyhead. Here the warden, Will Stewart, gave a short
talk on the history of the park and took the ramblers along a section of the
spectacularly scenic Welsh Coastal Path. The party returned safely to Omagh on
Monday night having enjoyed an activity packed weekend.
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