During the 18th Century the coast around Newcastle was a favourite spot for landing contraband shipped from the Isle of Man. Brandy as well as tea, coffee, tobacco, soap and wine were all loaded onto pack ponies which then trekked from Bloody Bridge River, through the Mournes to their destination in Hilltown.
We will be following in the footsteps of the smugglers on our next walk Sunday, 19th March.
As we will be travelling by bus, places must be pre- booked, at a cost of £10.
We’ll be taking in a bit of “Maritime History” on tomorrow’s walk, Sunday 21st of January, as we will be stopping off at Victoria Lock the final junction between Newry Canal and the sea at Carlingford Lough. From there we will be heading up into Fathom Woods above, which offers fantastic views out across Carlingford Lock into Warrenpoint and beyond.
If you fancy joining us, you will need as a minimum:
🥾 deep thread walking boots
🥪 a packed lunch and hot drink
🧥 a water/windproof jacket
In addition we recommend walking poles- save the old knees!!
When scouted by our Leaders during the week the route was very wet, with a lot of water running down from the mountian side, so expect wet and slippery conditions in places.
We will have 2 Groups out, both walks around 3 hours. New walkers are very welcome but they must in line with Club Policy walk with our C Group for their first walk.
Meet at the Gap O’ the North, Pub Jonesborough for 10 am, for registration and safety briefing.
To find out more about the history of the Canal and lock, get out the link below.