Seven Heads: This is a circular walk (approximately 12 kms) beginning and ending in Butlerstown with shortcut options. Twenty-four members set out from the Old School/Community Centre in glorious sunshine and headed east to Narry’s Cross where there are 180 degree views east to the Old Head of Kinsale and West to Galley Head. From there it was south to the ancient village of Shanagh and then on to the old famine road (very, very muddy in places) eventually reaching Travara Cove. Here lunch was enjoyed in idyllic conditions sitting on rocks by the sea, a crystal-clear babbling brook adding to the relaxing serenade. The route then led uphill to Carrigeen Cross Roads and then west to Dunworly Bridge with a short diversion to the beach. There was sunshine and extremely mild conditions for the entire walk. It is a truly beautiful area with expansive sea views, colourful houses, rolling farmland, stone ditches, wind sculpted bushes, interesting history and last but not least friendly people.
Comeraghs via Coumshingaun: We were truly blessed with the weather, walk and company on the Comeraghs last Sunday. The sun shone all day, the sky was blue, the air was crisp and the visibility sharp. The company was delightful! We, eleven in total, departed a very full Kilcloony carpark at 10.30 and returned at 16.30 slightly sunburned and very happy. The ascent on the south side of Coumshingaun was, as always, lovely. The “rock gendarmes “are a treat. There were some snow remnants on top which made the going underfoot on the usually soft boggy plateau firm and added to the vistas. We had lots of company on the hill all day and seldom have we seen the Comeraghs so busy. The excellent visibility made the navigation easy but a recent recce was a great reassurance.