Sandmill Strollers – summer walks

During the summer months we continued with our monthly walks – the numbers might have been smaller but we had some wonderful walks, great chats and usually a welcome ice-cream or coffee to refresh us at the end. We checked out the continued health of the little tern colony on Kilcoole Beach and this year we were delighted to talk with one of the volunteers and hear the inside story of minding the colony. Foxes are a very big threat to the birds and there is a warden on duty at all times during the breeding season. We were thrilled to watch some young plover chicks running around – little balls of fluff on short legs.

Our new walk up Tibradden Mountain from the Hazel House cafe was very successful and after the exertions of ascending to the old tomb at the summit we enjoyed the refreshments in this unique cafe – if you haven’t visited it yet, then you have a treat in store waiting for you.

Just Irene and myself were here in August to walk up Prince William’s Seat from Boranaralty Bridge (Glencullen) and we enjoyed the panaromic views from the top – it seemed like we could see for ever! It was a wonderful summer for walking and the rain coats remained in our bags. Our walks for the remainder of 2017 are as follows:
October 3 – Along Wicklow Way from Knockree South towards Crone Wood
November 7 – Phoenix Park & Farmleigh
December 5 – Great South Wall from Shelley Banks

Do join us on 1st Tuesday of every month (departing at 1.30 pm from St. Philip’s Church, Temple Road) for chat, gentle exercise and the feel of wind and /or sun on your face.

Margaret Wynne

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