Regent Ramblers is the name of our church walking group which was started over a decade ago by our former assistant minister Graeme Fowles, now the minister of Shore Street Presbyterian Church, Donaghadee.

Its members meet on the first Saturday of every month at 10.15 am from September to June, with the exception of January when the walk might be on the second Saturday.

We began the 22/23 season with a walk at Kearney at the Southern end of the Ards Peninsula. We started walking in light drizzle which soon turned to heavier rain backed up by a strengthening wind, fortunately it wasn’t cold.  No one seemed to mind getting soaked especially when we settled into Bestie’s Café at Portavogie Harbour for soup, wheaten bread, tea, coffee and scones. I don’t think anyone ate all of these but we selected from the list.

We had much better weather for October’s walk in the grounds of

Montalto House, Ballynahinch. Our route took us to a viewpoint high above the town where part of the Battle of Ballynahinch was fought.  We repaired to the Estate’s café for refreshments. There are always

refreshments on Regent Ramblers walks.

If you wish to join us, make sure you wear boots or good walking shoes and remember that it does rain occasionally so you would be wise to bring a waterproof coat.

The size of our group varies but a dozen would be about average. We normally car share but if you’re uncomfortable with that then you can drive your own car to the meeting point.

Regent Ramblers’ schedule of walks for the next eight months is shown below.

5th November – Giant’s Ring from Minnowburn       Meeting at – Church Car Park

3rd December – Comber Greenway      Meeting at – Car Park, Glen Road, Comber          

7th January – Lagan Tow Path from Stranmillis       Meeting at – Church Car Park

4th February – Mount Stewart                                    Meeting at – Church Car Park

4th March – Coastal Path, G’port to Ballyholme       Meeting at – Church Car Park

1st April – Hillsborough Forest Park               Meeting at – Main Car Park, Comber

6th May – Quoile riverside                                Meeting at – Main Car Park, Comber

3rd June – Castlewellan Forest Park               Meeting at – Main Car Park, Comber

See Announcements for latest information or contact the church office.

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