Glens of Antrim Rambling Club

Secretary: Mary Doyle

Tel: 07711074581
Email: [email protected]

 

The Glens of Antrim Rambling Club had its beginning with a group of walking enthusiasts in Cushendall in 1980, a time when walking for leisure was not in fashion. Bobby McMullan, a Cushendall resident, in his professional capacity as Health Promotion Manager with the Northern Health and Social Services Board had a special interest in promoting exercise. Having taken part in the Bannsider’s Causeway Coast 20 mile walk, on a number of occasions with colleague Jim Murray, he saw this as a means of giving the not so young an opportunity to get and keep fit. David Munnis, a founder member of the Bannside Club agreed to address an invited group of prospective walkers in the Cushendall Sailing and Boating Club on issues affecting formalised rambling and on how to affiliate to the Association as it was called in those days. Bobby together with Pat Clerkin, Jeannie Walsh, Ann McAlister, Ann O’Hara, Jim Murray and Molly Kernohan and a few others, wanted to get more out of the beautiful countryside they lived in and enjoy the challenges of the surrounding hills. In recognition of his work for the club Bobby McMullan has been made an Honorary Life Member.

Over the years, our club was known for organising challenge walks. The Horseshoe Challenge Walk which starts and finishes in Cushendall and covers a distance of 15 miles (25Km) and rises to a height of 1800ft (578M) the Moyle Way Walk from Glenariff to Ballycastle over Knocklade which is 20 Miles (37Km) rises to 1700ft. (514M). These walks which were enjoyed by many took a lot of man and woman power to organise and run.

A number of our members arrange, amongst themselves, to have walking holidays abroad. Switzerland, Austria and Poland were their destinations in recent years.