- Hungry Hill (Grade 3) A group of five set out on a wet and misty day. The rain stopped and the mist lifted as we made our way east along the Beara Way. We then headed north which took us close to Coomarkane Lake, from where we made our way up (west) through the rocks and gullies to the high point 667m where we had lunch, joined by our three friends wind, rain and mist. Visibility was very poor as we made our way to the top of Hungry Hill, and even poorer as we headed NW. Before too long we realised we were not quite where we should be, but after taking a position check thanks to our Garmin we were back on track in a few While walking west towards Glas Loughs we spotted a sheep trapped upside down between two rocks, with her legs kicking madly and no chance of escape. Only one thing for it, a leg (of lamb) each, and haul her straight up. She scrambled a few feet away from us, looked back then trotted away. We headed on down to the green road feeling pleased with our good deed for the day, and followed that road straight down to the main road at the Church. Our walk took just over six hours, so we were very glad to head to Glengarriffe for some refreshments and to meet the Oileán Mór group who had only arrived in ten minutes earlier. Over the meal we decided to christen the sheep – Lucky Lady.
- Bere Island (Grade 1) Ten members set off on the ferry from Castletownbere to Bear Island. Those who could made use of their free travel pass, remarking that the poor ferryman wasn’t making much profit on the trip! We walked towards the lighthouse, where we had our lunch. Luckily the weather stayed dry after very heavy showers the night before. We then walked along the spine of the island, passing the remains of an old Napoleonic watch tower, deserted military installations and beautiful views over three different peninsulas. We had coffee in the café near the pier. Finally we met up with the Hungry Hill group in Glengarriff and shared a meal.
Month: September 2018
There were three members out today. We walked up the track from the sheep pens, then onwards to the summit. We came down via the Black Road and then through Cooper’s Wood to King’s Yard. It was a good day out.
Just four of us met at Firgrove Hotel for the wet and misty morning promised by the Met Office. We headed to the high carpark on Monabrac, en route noting traffic heading for King’s Yard where IMRA mountain runners had a testing Galtees event. Setting-off at 10.25 in raingear we descended westwards from Monabrac to Pigeonrock river and then upstream bearing left of Knockaterriff. Ground conditions were still very firm after the prolonged drought and taking advantage of the low water level we crossed the stream and began a laborious ascent into the cloudbase and the unseen ridge which was reached about 11.45 and our first rest for a quick cuppa. Easier progress northward along the ridge in the mild wet misty conditions with a gentle SE tailwind until at 12.45 we had arrived at Temple Hill and a sheltered lunch stop in lee of the summit cairn at 785 metres. Still nothing visible of our surrounding hills and I decided against the direct but steep and slippery descent eastwards to the 600 metre col below Knockaterriff. Instead we descended northwards for five minutes then veering to our right but still descending over relatively easy ground of long grass and heather and avoiding occasional boulder patches. Still seeing no sign of the invisible col or other hills we halted after 40 minutes to review our situation and to admit that we were technically lost as we didn’t know our exact position. However we were certain we could only be on the eastern side of Templehill and by distance covered we had to be above the level of the col and Pigeonrock valley. We continued descending SE but more steeply and eventually could see the valley and stream appear out of the mist. A GPS confirmed our down valley position as just above our morning stream crossing. The remainder of our trek retraced the morning’s route and we were back at the car park at 3pm wet but surprisingly satisfied.
There were record numbers out today: 21 in all. All made it to the Punchbowl; five remained there, to descend at their leisure. 16 continued up the arête to the summit, where they had great views. It was a very enjoyable day and all came down safely. The group stopped in Macroom for refreshments on the way home.
Our Summer Evening Walks continue to be popular. We had three of them in August; Charles Fort, the Estuary Walk and a lovely walk in East Ferry. The Charles Fort walk was limited by bad weather and poor visibility (though a Naval vessel was spotted at sea) and, though the weather was good for the other two walks, the evenings are certainly drawing in. Nevertheless, canoeists and a stray seal were spotted in the harbour. A fitting end to a wonderful season!
Eight members came on this trek up the Derrymore Glen. Having all assembled at Derrymore Strand car park we set off for the mouth of the glen visible above us. Crossing the Dingle Way path and over the outlet moraine and into the glen we made good progress to the small lakes with the remains of 19th century dams used to supply water power for a mill at the mouth of the river. After some refreshments it was a steep climb to the ridge between Gearhane and Caherconree, where we had great views of the surrounding hills and seascapes. On then over Caherconree along a narrow ridge to the saddle before ascending to Baurtregaum. We rested a while on the summit before tackling the descent over Scragg and some rough ground with long vegetation to the Dingle Way once again. Back at the strand some of the group had a dip in the sea to restore tired muscles. Weatherwise the day was a mixture of wind and sun some low clouds and showers towards evening. We all finished the outing with a well-deserved meal in Blennerville.