MUST HAVE: - Walking Boots-Raincoat and Leggings - Adequate clothing (layers are the best option) - Hat-Gloves - Packed lunch and at least 1 litre water

(The Leader can refuse to allow you on the walk if you do not have the basics)

SHOULD HAVE: - Torch- Extra Batteries- Whistle - Bivvy Bag- Basic First Aid (at least plasters and bandages)

COULD HAVE: - 1:25000 Mourne Country Map (For the Mournes) or Sheet No. 36 OSI 1:50000 (for the Cooley's) - Compass

GOOD IDEAS: - Carry some emergency rations - Have a change of clothes in the car


Websites:, Email:

Weather Forecast BBC Weather , RTE Weather, Other: Walks Programme


Friday 11th - Sunday 13th Sept 2009

– Annual Hillwalking Festival –


Meet at Killeavy Football Grounds (J 071 227) for Registration.

 CLICK HERE for the map.

Spread the word - it's our festival this weekend - a good opportunity to have a weekend of fun on the hills.


The Festival registration and the Blister Ball will take place in The Killeavy Football Grounds., situated off the Forkhill Road approximately 1km from the Cloughogue Roundabout at the South end of Newry – Grid J071227. CLICK HERE for the map. So, it is not too late to tell all your hillwalking friends about our festival.


The festival is a good opportunity to do A to B walks. There is an excellent program of walks (Just CLICK HERE for a copy of the festival programme of walks) and social activities. So here's to a successful festival. Click on to our website for more information.


The Social Venues: The Blister Ball: The Blister Ball is one of the social highlights of the weekend. It promises to be the highlight of the weekend, as the Smooth will provide the music. It will take place in The Killeavy Football Grounds. The tickets are £15/€18 each. It includes a meal. Remember to buy your tickets at registration.  Tickets are being sold by John McCauley and his helpers.



The Bridge Bar: On the Friday night there will be a gathering in the Bridge Bar to meet any visitors to the Festival after 9.00pm.


Volunteers: In order to make it a successful festival we are calling on members, to give a helping hand to this year’s festival. So read below and if you can help out in any of the jobs below, email at


“Hospitality & Sociability - The Mrs Doyles” We are looking for members to help out with the hospitality dept. As we are a very sociable group, it is nice to give out a nice cup of tea or coffee to all our visitors as they arrive at registration. So if you are willing to help out  email at


Do you fancy making Sandwiches?   Thanks to those who have already volunteered to make sandwiches for the close of the festival on the Sunday.  More help is required. So if you can make a loaf of sandwiches please email at


Photographers: As always, anyone with a digital camera, could I ask you to take some photos during our festival and email them to me after the festival to They will be used in our festival next year.


Our Sponsors: This festival is being sponsored by Outdoor Xchange, along with Han Wag and Berghaus. Read the advert.


The Last Walk – A Big thanks to the leaders. As some of you who were out on the last walk will know how bad the weather was. I think the leaders who led, did a brilliant job under severe conditions. The conditions were very bad so a word of thanks to all the leaders who led on the last walk.


October Weekend:  Location:  Errigal Youth Hostel, Dunlewy, Co. Donegal. Cost: 60 per person for the two nights. There are 60 places available. (As we are in Donegal, all prices are in Euro.)  Date: Fri 30th Oct & Sun 1st Nov.  


The price includes hostel accommodations and one evening meal. It is open to fully paid up members.


Names and the money, to be paid in full, will be taken on the walk after the festival which is 27/09/09 and not before then as we are busy with the festival. Could we ask all who are interested in going, to have their money in an envelope with their Name and a contact number



Ulster Federation Rambling Club AGM. News

Click Here for the Full UFRC News




COURSE--Rescue First Aid.   STILL PLACES AVAILABLE- Rescue First Aid.  Sat. 26th and Sun. 27th Sept. '09. Commences - 9.30 am on 26th Sept.. Location: Mary Peters Track, Belfast .  Sat. morning in classroom, the rest of Course practical and outdoors. 
Successful completion merits award of certificate recognised acceptable for first aid component of the Mountain Leader/Walking Leader award. Instructor
- Stephen Synnott, a qualified instructor and member of the M.M.R.T.
Course fee £75 pp. Federation will subsidise each person by £15.
To reserve a place, please forward cheque £30pp, payable to UFRC, to Thomas McKenna . Balance of £30 payable at least two weeks before course commences.

Enquiries and applications, accompanied by deposit to reserve a place to:
Thomas McKenna, 71 Cullaville Road, Crossmaglen ,Newry BT 35 9 AQ.  
Tel. 3086 1759 or  E-mail


UFRC AGM: Date: Saturday, 17 October 2009 – Castlewellan. Location: The Courtyard in Castlewellon – Hosted by: The Mourne Ramblers. Mourne Ramblers will be organizers ,  there will be a choice of walks within the Park. Meeting to start at 2-00pm. Further Details later   


Please note the UFRC is working for you. By being a member of the Wee Binnian Walkers, you are also a member of the Ulster Federation of Rambling Clubs along with almost 1700 members from 29 other walking clubs. Why not browse through their website -



Lost:  Brown Ray-bans Sunglasses, May have lost them in Meelmore Lodge Car Park on Sunday 23th – the last walk which was wet & windy. Contact Cathy Byrne at


Lost: A red Fleece with dark grey side panels with zip pockets. It was left behind at the recent Summer BBQ.



Found: A Red North Face Woman’s light weight Fleece size XL. It was left  at the recent Summer BBQ.


Boots For Sale: A pair of Han Wag boots size 4 or 37 (to fit shoe size 3) Colour: brown. Never worn on mountains Selling Price €100 o.n.o. Phone: 087 1303355 (From NI 00353 87 1303355).

Walking Festivals and Events


Burren Peaks Walking Festival: Date: Friday 25th and Sunday 27th Sept ’09. Description: Their opening reception will be on Friday 25th at 8pm in the Burren House, Galway Rd, Ballyvaughan, they will have a choice of three guided Grade A, B & C walks across the Burren, on both Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th. All walks must be pre entered before September 18th.They invite you and friends to join them in the Burren and enjoy walking across the Burrens limestone terraine. For more information click their website link. Tel: 087 2691147 (From NI 00353 87 2691147. Email:


East Antrim Challenge Walk: Date: Sun 27th Sept ’09. Description: Choice of Distance 10m/16m. Glenarm to Glenwhirry Scawt Hill, Sallagh Breas and Agnews Hill. Click here for more details.


Full Moon Walk with Hilltop Treks: Date: Sun 4th Oct. Description: The walks will be short 2-3 hr walks starting at 8pm in the evening during the spring/summer months. Price €25 or €35 with Tranport
Pick up: TBC. Places are limited so Booking is required .
Tel Terry on +353 (0)87-7849599. Email Web:


Full Moon Walk with Extreme Ireland: Date: Sunday 4th October. Starting Venue: Contact their office staff to let you know the starting points. Cost: €25.00 Tel 01 8255167 / 086 4076985. Email: . Web:


Oxfam Trailtrekker – Call for Volunteers: As you are aware that Oxfam Trailtrekker is starting in Rostrevor and ends up in Carlingford. It a 100km trek in 30hrs Takes place on Fri 24th to Sunday 26th. The are looking for volunteers to help run the event. If you are interested, contact Louise Darragh (Oxfam’s Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator) by email . Click Here for more information on volunteering.


Body Doubles Needed Urgently: We have had a request for Experienced Hillwalkers to act as “Body Doubles” in a comedy feature film set in medieval times called "Your Highness" for Universal Pictures.  They will be filming ariel shots in two different locations: Tullymore and Sandy Rae in County Down and in Gweedore, The Poison Glen in Donegal on Monday the 14th Sept (the day after our festival) and they need experienced hill walkers to be the body doubles of their actors that are local to each of those areas. This is paid work and any potentials would need to be available all day. Carla Mercier, who is the Extras Co-Ordinator, is looking for men between 5'8-6ft of either a slim build or a medium build or a large build (we need all 3!) and a female between 5'2-5'5 in height with a slim build. As the filming is only a couple of days away, She needs potential people to get in touch with her urgently either by emailing her ( or phoning her at 078 8985 2070, and if possible, emailing her a photo of yourselves along with your height, build and telephone numbers. Please do not turn up without contacting Carla first.


....For more details of upcoming events click here.


The BBQ: The recent BBQ which took on 9th August last proved to be a great success. Mary Catherines cottage was a very suitable place, in the heart of the Mournes. Whilst the weather was cloudy, thankfully it didn’t rain. Everyone got down from their walk and got dressed for the occasion. Then a wee drive to Mary Catherine Cottage. The buffet BBQ was served and it went down well.  After the meal, there was dancing and of course a sing song. Thanks to all the Singers involved. Also a big thanks goes to all the organisers of this event. Great Venue. I have compiled a Youtube slide show (3.42 mins) so Click Here For Slide Show. Or go on to and type into the search “Wee Binnians BBQ” Enjoy


The last Newsletter: If you missed out on the last newsletter Click Here

Our Next walk:  Sunday 27th September – Muck

Meet at Bridge Street Car Park, Newry: 10.00am.  Dears Meadows (J271251). Click Here for Google Map Directions


The Leaders who will be leading the next walk are:  

Grade A: Robert Thompson, Eileen McKeever,

Grade B: Paul Fegan, Angela Sloane, Stephan Downey and Mick O’Driscoll.

Grade C: Tom Kehoe, Veronica McCann, Noeleen Mone


Feel free to send in any information that you wish to put into the Newsletter. Email the secretary, Anita MacNabb at a week before the next issue. Have an enjoyable day’s walk and remember to be sociable to everyone.