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Group Hike Success

posted 1 Jun 2010, 11:38 by Christopher Browne
The second ever group hike took place on Sunday last. Thankfully we were provided with excellent weather which was a geeat start to a fantastic day. Everyone met in the car park in Carlingford and rough numbers estimated a total of 130 participants including Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Ventures, Leaders and Parents!!! It was great to see such numbers present and good to see the involvement of parents. The hike began at 11am and we followed the Barnavave Looped walk. The group snaked its way up to the saddle between Barnavave and Slieve Foy before sitting down for lunch amidst some breathtaking views. The magnificent Mournes could be seen to the north east, the drumlins of Monaghan to the west, Dundalk to the south and the faint outline of the Isle of Mann, way out in the Irish Sea. From the saddle we made our way over to Maebh's Gap, the route which was taken by Queen Maebh's army in their search for the brown bull of Cooley! We steadily progressed down the slope to the deserted village or clachán. This village was probably abandoned during the famine and serves as a reminder of those harrowing times in our country's past. From the village we made our way down a country lane passing stone walls with hawthorn trees emerging from them. We pushed on until we reached the church in Carlingford where we were greeted by Jack, Gerry, Pat and Michael who served up some delicious hot dogs, beverages and sweets. The day was a great success and we are already looking forward to next years event.
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