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The Bears headed to Kerry for Easter 2019. Our base was the Manor West hotel in Tralee. Accommodation, cuisine and service were excellent. The walking was thoroughly enjoyable as on both Friday and Saturday we basked in warm sunshine.On Good Friday 7 intrepid A moderate walkers completed a loop from the lakes in Glanteenassig including summiting Strradbally and Benoskee mountains. Magnificent views of Dingle and Tralee bays was the reward for some stiff climbing. On Saturday the A walkers enjoyed a linear walk from Derrymore to Caherconcree, Baurtregaum and back along the ridge to Blennerville. Once again we were rewarded with spectacular views on the south to the McGillycuddy Reeksa and the Lakes of Killarney, to the west we could see Brandon mountain while the beaches of Tralee bay were visible to the north. The B walkers enjoyed some stunning scenery along the Kerry way from beyond Camp all the way back to Blennerville where both groups shared a welcome cuppa and deoch.
Sunday brought mixed weather as the A walkers tackled Brandon Mountain from Cloghane. The early sunshine quickly turned to heavy rain and very poor visibility. The saint’s path down to the Dingle brought some relief as a quick bus trip returned all to Cloghane. The B walkers were luckier with their walk along the Dingle way ending in the watering hole in Cloghane. All walkers enjoyed superb walking with the usual banter, .sense of fun and “craic”. Well done to chief organiser Deirdre, walk leaders and assistants.
Our C walkers didn’t join us this year as they were just returning from another leg of the Camino. We missed you all.

- Marian Wallis

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