Ulster 2000 - The Mournes

 

HOW TO GET THERE

Go into Newrey, look for signs for the B8, take this road to Hill Town.
Go straight through Hill Town and take a right at the first junction. After 7Km turn left on to the B180 and follow this for approx. 9.6Km then turn right on to TRASSEY ROAD ( there is a small sign on the right, just after the turn). The car park is another 1.5Km along this road on the left hand side. (313 318)

CAR PARK 313 318 TO FIRST CAMP 312.5 303

Leave the car park through the entrance and follow the road up to some gates on the left (approx. 5m), cross the gates using the stile and follow the track for about 1Km . The camp site should be on the right just past the gates at the forest corner.

FIRST CAMP 312.5 303 TO SLIEVE MEELMORE 306 287.7

Leave camp and head for the summit of Slieve Meelmore which is crowned by one of the occasional towers along the wall. The best way to reach the summit is aim straight for it, it is a hard slog but well worth it. (more means big in Gaelic and beg means small but Meelmore is lower than mailbag??)


SLIEVE MEELMORE TO COL 309 282
When leaving the summit heading for the col you should encounter the Mourne wall this is a large granite random rubble wall, which stretches for 35Km around the silent valley reservoir catchment area it was built from 1910 to 1922 by local unemployed men. it is possible to follow the wall most of the way around the route, but not in all areas, so scouts should not depend on the wall for navigation .Staying well right of the pollaphuca Bearnagh Slabs, continue down to the Col . where the path and the wall meet there is a stile .

COL TO SLIEVE BEARNAGH 313 280.5
When ascending do not follow the wall it directly as it has large gaps and could lead you off course. The ground is very steep here and the summit is best approached from the south east side. From the Col follow the path around to the junction at 309.5 278 and start the assent from here. Aim for hitting the wall about 50m left of the summit.


SLIEVE BEARNAGH TO HARE'S GAP 322.5 286.75
Keeping the wall on your left ascend to Hare's gap. There are a few rocky outcrops on the way down and most can be by passed by moving out to the right, but make sure that once past move back left. Near the end of the assent there are crags marked on the map and these can be crossed using steps which you should look out for.


HARE'S GAP TO SLIEVE NAGLOGH COL 329.5 291.5
Hare's gap has a stile for crossing over the mourne wall and there is also a gate in the wall to allow hares through. The crags marked can be passed by keeping the wall on your left and the Col between top 586 and top 573 is easily spotted. A few meters from the summit is diamond rocks and if you know where to look and are very lucky you may find lodes of "precious" stones such as topaz and quartz crystal


SLIEVE NAGLOGH COL TO SLIEVE CORRAGH 337 286
Follow the ridge till the ground flattens out

SLIEVE CORRAGH TO SLIEVE COMMEDAGH CAIRN 346 286.5
From here follow the ridge up to Slieve Commedagh. To get to the summit cairn, the wall has a another tower in it, use this as a reference for finding the cairn this building is located at 344 284.25. (look out along the way for marks along the edges of the granite stones. To split the stones, rough holes were made in a line across the stone and a small iron wedge (plug) was inserted between two thin strips of steel (feathers) to split the stone.


SLIEVE COMMEDAGH TO SHAN SLIEVE 347.25 291.5
Follow the narrow spur keeping the steep on your right hand side as you descend until the ground starts to flatten out

SHAN SLIEVE TO WALL
When leaving Shan Slieve aim for Slievenbrock (345.5 302) (the ground is quite steep here and care should be taken.) in-between Slievenbrock and Shan Slieve there is a wall running east-west so you should hit it before the ground flattens out for slievenabrock, when you reach this wall head due west along it

WALL TO SECOND CAMP 337 301.5
The second camp is located at the 90 degree bend in the wall, to get to the dry ground you have to cross a deep reentrant, cross this at the wall.

GETTING BACK

Leave second camp by crossing the river at the same place as before heading due North head for the tullybranigan spur's spot height at 339 308, then follow the spur down towards the path in the woods there is a gap in the wall at 337.5 311.5 the path is a part of the Ulster way and is marked on the map by a dashed line and on the ground by small posts with an orange man marked on them.
Follow the path down to the bend and then on through the wood on leaving the wood turn left and follow the path, continue along this path to Maria's bridge 322.5 318.5. keep follwing this path crossing three gates by their stiles along to the car park which will be on your right after about 1.2Km