CLubs & Groups
Clubs & Groups
3 programmes a year.
- Spring/Summer programme
- Autumn/Winter programme
We have long walks on alternate Saturdays (4-5hrs) and shorter walks (2—2.5hrs) on alternate Sunday afternoons.
Armagh Rambling Club enjoy welcoming new members through “Welcome Walks” which introduce people to our club.
3 Ashley Street
028 4062 5394
Frequency of Walks: Sunday, fortnightly
Degree of difficulty: possibly strenuous
Bangor Aurora Aquatic and Leisure Complex
3 Valentines Road
Bangor Aurora Nordic Walking club meets every Wednesday afternoon from 1:30 – 2:30. The club normally leaves from Bangor Aurora and Nordic walk around Castle Park and the surrounding areas.
Nordic walking is a safe and sociable whole body activity which burns up to 46% more calories than normal walking. It’s great for losing weight, toning up and improving posture and walks are led by qualified coaches. We welcome all levels of ability and experience.
Bannside Rambling Club is based in Coleraine, Northern Ireland.
The club’s year is divided into two seasons:
Summer – April to September.
Winter – October to March.
Wednesday evening walk starting at 7pm.
Thursday full day walk starting at 10am.
Weekend (Saturday or Sunday) starting between 9am and 10am.
No Wednesday evening walks.
Thursday walks every fortnight.
Weekends (Saturday or Sunday) starting between 9am and 10am.
Tuesday evening talks at 8pm held in Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart, followed by a supper (small charge incurred).
079 6908 9626 or
028 9028 2204
We walk every Saturday (except for holidays). We nearly always use public transport. Our club is especially suitable for over-50s. The walks are not too strenuous. We go to places all over Northern Ireland. In the winter months October to March we walk within a 15-mile radius of Belfast. Walks are between 3-5 miles in Winter and 5-8 miles in Summer.
Members are mostly of retired age.
Walks are organised every Saturday afternoon commencing 2 pm; these walks would be graded “easy” lasting 2-3 hours. Once every month there is a longer walk commencing 11 am which lasts 4-5 hours and is graded “medium”.
Membership Fee: £6
The Belfast Hills Walking Dynamos is a friendly adult walking group in Belfast. We walk Cave Hill, Carnmoney, Slievenacloy, Divis, Black Mountain, Cregagh Glen and Lisnabreeny and Redburn.
In spring and summer we go on days farther out at the weekend.
We also have short weekday evening walks around the hills, especially in spring and summer.
You don’t have to be superfit to join us.
You must be 18 to join. It costs £20 a year to join. Each walk then usually costs £1. Non members and guests pay £6 for each walk.
Frequency of Walks: Sunday, fortnightly
Degree of difficulty: Moderate
Prospective new members should attend 2 or 3 walks before applying to join the club.
Packed lunches should be brought for all walks, along with sufficient water. A personal first aid kit should be carried on all walks. Membership of the club costs £10 annually. All walks are circular unless marked A – B.
We are a community group promoting mental health, socialising and fitness that walks twice weekly with trained walk leaders.
Our experienced leaders, Chris and Mark, are here to ensure your safety and enjoyment. No need to register – just show up and join our friendly group of walkers.
We are a walking group for the over 50s based at the Jethro Centre in Lurgan. The centre accepts applications from prospective new members in August each year. Please note there is a long waiting list for new applicants. Interested? Call in and pick up an application form.
+44(0)75 1797 2172
Walking club meets every Monday at 10.45am in the car park in Ahoghill. Walks are mainly local and last between 45-60 minutes. Occasionally we hire a minibus to go to more distant places, either coastal or woodland, for walks.
Walks are open to all levels of fitness. New members are welcome. Simply turn up on the day or contact us by phone for more information.
1 Marine Parade
028 9337 2322
Frequency of Walks: monthly except during June, July and August.
Organised and guided walks, on every Sunday of the month. Please wear suitable clothing. Dogs not permitted on Club Walks. Annual Club membership £25 or £1 for casual walkers.
Routes are mostly in the Fermanagh area, but also include trips to walking areas in the Republic of Ireland.
Mrs Mary McKernan
88 Fergort Rd.
Tel: 028 3753 8139
DRNI is a rambling club for people with limited mobility, their relatives and friends, providing opportunities to enjoy the countryside.
Membership is free and includes the use of a motorised scooter, the only charge being a modest handling fee for each ramble and admission charges when required.
The Down Danderers Rambling Club, founded in 1989, is based in Ballynahinch, though members live in various parts of the County.
Our large membership means that we have a huge reservoir of knowledge about walks in Co Down. Walks include a variety of terrains – lanes, forest parks, coastal paths and small roads with occasional forays into the lower mountains.
Monday walks take place throughout the year on the second and fourth Mondays of each month; these are around five miles long and participants are mainly retired.
Tuesday evening walks take place during the months April till the end of August and vary in length from three to five miles, the shorter walks being arranged when there is less daylight at the beginning and end of the season. These evening walks attract large numbers.
Saturday walks are held throughout the year on the first and third Saturdays of each month; these vary between six and eight miles and generally attract smaller numbers.
Club social events include:
- an annual outing in June
- a dinner in October
- two BBQs – one in May and one in August.
- two residential trips away one in May and one in early September
Prospective members may attend one or two walks before applying to join. The annual membership fee, payable in April or at the time of joining will £15 from April 2023.
meets in Dromore, County Down on the first and third Sunday of each month. We then proceed by car share to our walking destination. We have an annual walking weekend and a club barbeque, usually taking place in June.
Degree of difficulty: The Club has members of all ages and abilities. We try to accommodate everyone on all the walks, but the walk on the first Sunday of the month can be more strenuous and include uphill sections. If in doubt join us on a walk on the third Sunday of the month which we call our all ability walks.
Mrs Eunice Shaw
60 Fountain Rd
028 8676 5062
The Club has Walk Programmes for Spring / Summer and Autumn / Winter and walks occur on most Sundays and Wednesdays. The Sunday Programme walks are longer and can be challenging (usually 7 to 10 miles) whilst the Wednesday Programme walks are shorter (usually around 4 miles). Walks can be anywhere in Northern Ireland although the majority would be in Antrim and Down and the Greater Belfast area.
All the details and information that a potential new member needs is contained on the Club’s Website and details of the planned / recent activities are posted to the Club’s Facebook.
The Easy Rambling Club meets every other Sunday. All walks start at 14.45 and last about 1½ hours. We are a very sociable group and the walks are really quite easy.
Having considered the safety of all members, the committee has decided to request that pets accompanying their owners on club walks should be kept under control at all times.
Please wear suitable footwear for walking, if possible walking boots, as conditions can be muddy or rough in any season. We warmly welcome new members who have joined the club.
Eden Orange Hall
Glenelly Bridge Road
028 8164 8702
Walking Club in the Glenelly Valley set up by the Eden Youth and Community Association.
Frequency of Walks: Twice weekly – Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings.
Frequency of Walks: weekly
Degree of difficulty: Moderate to strenuous with the emphasis being that there are walks available to cater for all abilities.
Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/FRamblers
c/o Wendy Kirk
Walks are organized every weekend alternating with a Saturday and a Sunday walk.
Saturday walks are for basic and first time walkers (approx 3-4 hrs).
Sunday walks are more strenuous, including rough terrain and significant steep ground (approx 6 hrs).
We walk every second Sunday starting from the Gap o’ the North pub in Jonesborough at 10am. There is a strong local focus on the Cooleys and the Ring of Gullion with occasional trips to the Mournes and further afield.
As far as possible we try to combine each walk with some local knowledge of history or archaeological sites and interpretation of landscape to show farming and community development over the centuries.
We walk on most Sundays and our walks programme includes upland rambles, mainly in the Antrim Hills and Sperrins, as well as coastal and lowland walks.
Our walks lengths are varied to accommodate the full range of abilities within our club.
Guests are welcome to join us for up to two free walks in order to meet club members and to learn more about our club activities.
Our aim is to cater for walkers in the Ballyclare area by offering an energetic walking programme .
We meet on the third Saturday of each month and also every Wednesday May-September.
Whether you are an experienced walker or just starting out, you can be sure of a warm welcome.
This hill walking club was set up in April 2013 specifically to cater primarily for 50+ age group.
Members come from the South Down, South Armagh area, specifically Rathfriland, Rostrevor, Warrenpoint.and Newry. We also have members from Dundalk, Drogheda and Navan.
This club is aimed primarily at the 50+ age group and the speed and difficulty of the hill climbing will reflect this.
‘T’ Grade walk is for those who want a low level easy walks – about 2 hours. (Tuesdays)
‘C’ Grade walk is for members who are ready to take to the hills but not too strenuous – about 3 hours.(Tuesdays & Fridays)
‘C+’ Grade walk is for members who are ready to take to the hills and like a bit more of a challenge – about 4 hours. (Fridays)
‘B’ Grade walk is for the more fit members who want something a bit further and a bit higher – about 5 hours (Fridays)
(00353) 478 9548
We are a group of walkers based in north Co Monaghan. We have a membership of about 40 members. Our members come from a large geographical area on both sides of the border and from all walks of life.
So if you have nothing to do on a Sunday why not join the ramblers on some of their walks. Most walks last anything from 2-4 hours and are at a leisurely pace. Our aim is to enjoy our heritage and wildlife and forget about the hassles of life for a few hours.
Frequency of Walks: Every other Sunday
Length of walks: Length of walks vary between 5 and 8 miles in length
embership is available for those 18 and over, there is full membership or social membership.
In addition to our walks programme we have:
- An annual BBQ
- An annual dinner
- Continental walking holiday
- Social weekend away in Ireland
4 Dorman Court
Walking club open to all, particularly students and alumni of University of Ulster. Visitors welcome, please contact the club prior to the walk. Walks are held most Sundays and are graded from easy to hard. Walks programme is listed on the website.
We are a small club based in the Antrim, Ballymena, and Templepatrick area. We walk on alternate Sundays throughout the year – usually in the afternoon although we have some whole day walks in the summer.
Most of our walks are within an hour’s journey of Antrim – for example, the Antrim Hills, the Causeway Coast, and the Sperrin Foothills. In winter we would normally walk in forests and country parks rather than open hills.
We are a walking club based in Mid-Ulster with membership from across Northern Ireland. We organise walks on Sundays and Thursdays throughout the year. We also organise two annual trips; one in Spring and the other in Autumn.
Area Covered – Dungannon, Cookstown & Magherafelt although we welcome walkers/members from any area.
6 Ballymena Road
Walks are organised every Sunday of the year, offering up to three or four walks. Offering a range of starting points over the year to give a wide variety of walks.
Membership is available for those 18 and over, with two membership officers, who will help you decide which group may be appropriate. They will provide you with detailed advice sheets on recommended gear and safety procedures. Mourne Rambling group do not allow dogs on the walks.
Membership of the Club is open to all present and past civil servants and non civil servants who are members of the NICS Sports Association, or those organisations allied to the NICS Sports Association. We are also open to other individuals, subject to the approval of the Club Committee.
We cater for all levels of abilities through a programme of hill walks, leisurely coastal or generally low level rambles and in the summer, evening “danders”. Our walks programme also includes several weekends and regular holidays abroad.
We walk in the Mournes and Sperrins and Wicklow or the Antrim Plateau, the club is based in whatever car park in which we convene and where the cakes and coffee are served up after. The walks themselves are as varied as the people who lead them. We are always glad to hear from anyone wishing to come along and try out a walk or two, or even just if you are curious as to what we do.
Northern Walking Partnership
Moyle Enterprise Centre
61 Leyland Road
The Northern Walking Partnership is a community group recognised as a charity (Ref XT6661) who wish to encourage community participation in walking as a healthy and social recreation and to develop walks along with other organisations private or public, and individuals interested in walking.
Out & About is a Belfast-based group who arrange regular walks, occasional nights out and weekend trips for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and their friends.
We usually meet at 10:30am on a Sunday, every other week, with the odd exception to allow for holidays and other events. We welcome everyone and our walks range from leisurely strolls to challenging mountain walks.
Ms Teri Sythes
Frequency of Walks: once per month
David Scanlon/Jonathan Dunn
121 Victoria Road
Frequency of Walks: Weekly on alternate Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
Locations vary – usually in Strabane or Londonderry during winter months and more rural walks which are planned by club members during the summer.
The Club also hillwalks once per month and takes part in various charity walks.
There is a walk on most Saturdays and Wednesdays throughout the year, organised and led by a club member.
There are over 100 members, current subscription being £25 per individual. Membership is not available to those under 18 years of age. Members are fully covered by our Civil Liability insurance policy.
Each individual MUST come properly equipped for outdoor activity. Walking boots are ESSENTIAL. Clothing needs to be warm and water and windproof. Bring a rucksack, packed lunch, hot drink and water on all walks. PLEASE do not bring a dog-we often walk in sheep country and wish to maintain good relations with the farming community.
Sperrin Hillwalking Club
PO Box 45
Organised club walks take place twice monthly. Grade 1 walks for the fitter walker alternate with Grade 3 walks for those who prefer a more leisurely stroll. We also from time to time have Grade 2 walks – something in between!
Membership Fee: £30 per annum
Based in the Strabane area, with walks taking place in the Sperrins, the Bluestacks, and Glenveagh ranges which are all on their doorstep.
Strabane Hill Walking and Rambling Club meet at the Fir Trees Hotel car park every Sunday at 08:45am and leave at 09;00am. Their walks alternate each week and they are graded in order of ability: (A) easy, (B) moderate (C) difficult.
028 8556 8915
Frequency of Walks: Sunday – fortnightly
Degree of difficulty: Moderate/strenuous
The Wee Binnian Walkers was founded in 1987 and is based in the North Eastern border area of Newry Co Down and Dundalk Co Louth. Membership is open to anyone 18 years or over and since our foundation, it has been an embodiment of a cross-community, cross-border social group whose members share a love of hill walking.
The club provides guided hill walks on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month, all year round. The walks are in the Mourne and Cooley Mountains and Sliabh Gullion. Four grades of walks are catered for each walking day, Grade A, B+,B and C. Newcomers are welcome to come and join us on our walks as ‘Casual Walkers’ and if they like what they see, are welcome to join the club for an annual subscription.
Based in Omagh (often referred to as Omagh Walking Club) the Club has over 100 members.
Walks take place on alternate Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year, departing from Omagh Leisure Centre Car Park at 9.30 am
Examples of the places we go and the sort of walks we do can be found in Walk Reports.
New walkers are welcome to join us for a free trial walk. If unsure of your ability try a Grade C Walk first.
For your enjoyment and safety please follow the club rules.
The club communicates by email and meets at Clogher car park.
Well-behaved dogs are welcome on most of our walks. Details of upcoming walks can be obtained from the Secretary. The club is social and normally organises a weekend away once a year, usually in May or October, and an annual Christmas charity walk with other clubs to the tomb at the top of Knockmany (near Augher). Contact the Secretary for more information.
Our walks, generally in the Mournes, take place on the fourth Sunday of each month throughout the year. As these are day walks, sometimes off defined paths in the hills, strong, well-fitting walking boots, waterproofs, hats, gloves and spare warm clothing are essential. Participants should also bring lunch and drinks.
We also arrange a week-long walking holiday abroad in the spring and an autumn walking weekend within the Island of Ireland. Recent autumn destinations include Donegal and Wicklow.
Friends Hiking Group meet every Sunday to enjoy various walks around the Mournes and further afield, including Wicklow, Kerry and Donegal.
We provide training in navigation, including night navigation, and First Aid (REC Level 2).
We allow each new member up to 2 “free” walks before joining the club, and as we are affiliated to the UFRC each member benefits from Third Party Insurance and club discount.
Membership year runs from 1st February to 31st January and annual fees are £20/€25 per person.