What's On

Warrior Walks Upcoming Walks & Hikes

When

From: Saturday, 2 July 2022 To: Sunday, 31 July 2022

Where

Ravensdale & The Lumpers Dundalk Louth

Enjoy an off-the-beaten-track walking adventure on the Cooley Peninsula, where local guide Venora will share her passion for this landscape, its mountains and forests,  and her intimate knowledge of a lifetime in this borderland area.

Schedule of Upcoming Walks:

Saturday 2nd July -  Meadowlands- a Journey through Time

Following a short drive, our journey through time begins at the Sweathouses, the ancient corbelled “saunas” of yesteryear. Walking through a secret mountain valley in the Cooley hills, we pass through famine lazy beds and Booley sites, hearing of mountain survival. We arrive at the circular prehistoric village of Lisnachiggal, where farmers and their animals lived during the bronze age. As we return, listen to tales of legendary warrior Cu Chulainn and how his hurling “ Poc Fada” is celebrated annually on these hills. A truly off-the-beaten-track adventure!

Cost:   Price per person: €20.  Family rates (2 adults 2 children) €60.  Min-Max Number: 4-8.  

Details: Fitness level easy to moderate, on mountain valley tracks and trails with some inclines. 

Meeting Place: Lumpers Pub, Ravensdale A1 FN2W.  Parking fee may apply. 

Time of Walk: 12.00 - 2.30.  Duration: 2.5 Hours.


Saturday 16th July - Smugglers Walk at Annaverna

Walk the atmospheric ancient greenway at Annaverna, Ravensdale to the summit at Clermont Cairn. This little known track on the Cooley mountains, known as the Cadgers Pad, holds huge importance as an historic route between North and South, used by smugglers, fishermen and traders throughout the centuries.  En route, we walk in the footsteps of Cu Chulainn the mighty warrior on the original Poc Fada and criss-cross the Tain Trail on the Cattle Raid of Cooley. We pass by vast stone famine fields and walls, hearing of their origins. At the hidden valley of Cloch an Iasc (the Fish Stone) we discover its importance in the commerce of yesteryear. Finally ascending the summit at Clermont Cairn, we view the stunning panoramic vista of the Cooleys, the Mournes and the Ring of Gullion, before returning to our base.

Cost:  €25.00 per person. Children 8-15- €12.00. This includes guiding, storytelling and snack. 

Details: Terrain is on green mountain tracks and open mountain with lots of stops.  As this is Ireland, please bring full raingear and wear strong walking boots/shoes. A moderate fitness level is necessary. We believe in sustainability and leaving no trace.  Our picnic is at the Fish Stone; suggest you bring a sandwich, and a drink. We will bring some homemade goodies!  Best to let us know in confidence, should you have any allergies or conditions that may affect your comfort.  Our route may change due to weather conditions.  Children aged 8+ are welcome; no dogs are allowed on the Cooley mountains.  The walk is approximately 3/3.5 hours and is suitable for those with a moderate level of fitness.  

Meeting Place:  Ravensdale Old Post Office at 11.00am .

Time of Walk: 11.00 - 2.30.  


Saturday Saturday 23rd July - A Magical Walk in Nature

Enjoy an enchanting magical experience through Ravensdale Forest and the Clermont Estate.  This lush circular forest walk is based in the old Desmesne of Lord Clermont the landlord of the Ravensdale area in the 1800's. Hear the history as you walk by the beautiful Flurry river.  Climb the hidden steps to the circle of beech trees, enjoy the Fairy Follies, visit Foresters Cottages and criss-cross bridges on the estate. Meditate on the beauty of nature all around and immerse your senses in the scents and sounds on your journey.  Afterward, enjoy a refreshing organic mint tissane, tea or coffee, and fresh home-baked cake, in the shade of giant fir trees.  A truly magical experience!

Cost: €25 per person; Discount available for family groups.  

Details: Terrain is mainly on tracks and river trails with an initial short incline. Suitable for Children aged 7+.  Please wear stout footwear and bring raingear. An extra layer of clothing is advisable. No runners or jeans please.  The pace is easy and on tracks and trails with an initial short incline.  Please advise the leader in confidence if you suffer from a condition that could impede your safety.  

Meeting Place: Main car park, Ravensdale Forest Park , exit 20 off the M1 motorway at the Carrickdale Hotel. Cross the motorway bridge taking a RIGHT on the mini roundabout and immediately LEFT at the forest/picnic sign opposite the petrol station. Follow the entrance to the car park for approx 1 km. 

Time of Walk:  10.30- 1.30


Sunday 31st July - Walking the Poets Trail to Urney through History and Song

Walk through tranquil, lush countryside to the ancient Urney graveyard at Drumgooley Co. Louth, showcasing the life of Peadar O'Doirnin. One of Oriel's most famous poets and scholars, O'Doirnin is best known for penning the lyrics of Mna na hEireann, immortalised in music by Sean O'Rioda, Enya and Sinead O'Connor. Listen to Poetry or Sean Nos singing at his graveside. En route, criss-crossing the border as you walk,  forage along the hedgerow and riverside. Hear stories of legendary  mighty warriors and life in the area from the 18th Century to the present. An immersive and unforgettable experience.

Cost: €25.00 per person. Children €12.00.  

Meeting Place: Carpark at The Welcome Inn, Forkhill, Co Armagh BT 35 9SQ.

Time of Walk:  14.00 - 16.00


Please Note: Regretfully no dogs on any walk.  Booking is essential. Discounts available for bespoke walks of  family, friends or teambuilding. Just ask!

For details and further information contact Venora on 087 6479715 or venora.obrien@gmail.com