Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q1. Where do the walks start from?
start from and finish at car parks near the mountain ranges of the walks in
the Mournes or
Q2. What do the different groups mean (A B C)?
These are grades of walk in terms of speed, height gained, distance covered and effort required. ‘A’ is the hardest and ‘C’ the easiest. All groups climb mountains. Newcomers are advised to start in the C group.
Q3. When are the walks on and do all grades walk on the same day?
All the groups walk on the same day from the same starting point but take different routes depending on the grade. The walks are on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month. Please click on Walks Programme for details.
Yes, you can turn up for two walks and pay a fee of £4 or €5 per walk to see if it suits you. After this you must join to continue walking with the club. Please read our section on Fitness.
Q5. Can I become a member – how do I join?
Yes, membership is open and costs £20 or €25 per annum from 1st April to 31st March. You must complete an application form (click on Membership Form) and apply to the ‘Membership Secretary’:
N Mulligan, 5 Woodview Villas, .
Q6. Will I be welcome?
Yes. This is the ‘Social Club that Walks’. The aim of the club is to promote hill walking as a healthy and leisurely pursuit that can be enjoyed by everyone without distinction of age, gender, race or political, religious or other opinion. People join for various reasons; love of the outdoors, to get exercise or to meet people.
Q7. Will I be fit enough?
If you have climbed a full mountain in the recent past, you should be fit enough for our ‘C’ Group. If you have never climbed a mountain before, then please click on Fitness and refer to our Fitness Programme.
Q8. How long do the walks last?
The walks vary but usually last 4½ to 5 hours. Occasionally, depending upon the grade of the walk or the weather, the walk could be as long as 6½ hours or as short as 3½ hours. Members usually go to a designated hostelry for refreshments after the walk at 4 or 5pm.
Q9. What all do I need to bring?
You must have: Walking Boots - Raincoat and Waterproof Leggings - Adequate clothing (layers are the best option) – Hat - Gloves - Packed lunch and at least 1 litre water. (The Walk Leader can refuse to allow you on the walk if you don’t have the basics). Click on Safety Information for details.
Q10. Where do you walk?
Most of the
walks are in the
Q11. Are there trips abroad?
number of trips are arranged each year.
These are to other parts of
Q12. How hard are the walks?
Our walks are over mountains and are much harder than flat walking. Please click on Walks Classification for details.
Q13. What height is ...... mountain?
Mountain names are well known. If you Google ‘Irish Mountain Lists’ or the name of the mountain you will find it’s height above sea level. For example, Slieve Donard is 850 metres high.
Q14. Is there an easy walk and what about flat walks?
No sorry, this is a Hill Walking Club. Our lowest grade of walk ‘C Group’ requires you to climb in excess of 700 metres over a distance of 10km. See Q3 above.
Q15. I am preparing for a significant charity walk. Will walking with the club give me suitable training?
No, although membership is open; the club is not a training facility for charity walks.
Q16. Can I join
at the start point of the walk or must I to travel to Newry
just to travel back to
You may go directly to the start of the walk.
Q17. Could anyone give me a lift?
does not arrange transport but we actively encourage car sharing. You will probably get a lift from
Q18. Can I bring my children?
No. Membership is limited to those of 16 years of age or older.
Q19. Can I bring my dog?
No. Dogs can be a nuisance in walking groups and are not welcomed by farmers and landowners.
Q20. When is the Wee Binnian Walkers Festival on?
runs an annual walking festival on the 2nd weekend in September
each year – Fri 1pm to Sun evening.
Walks are graded and are held in the Mournes
and Cooley areas and include a historic