Brandy Pad Walk

Some pictures of the views you can expect if you join us for our Mourne’s Walk this Sunday, 8th of July. We will have 2 groups out: Both groups will start at the same place -‘Happy Valley Car-park’ and both will finish in Newcastle – as this will be a linear walk a bus is organised cost £7/person, this will be filled on a “first come, first served basis”.

Meet at the Gap O’ the North pub Jonesborough, for 10 am walks’ briefing, we will leave promptly at 10.15 am, so  please be on time!

A rough outline of routes are as follows: B Group will take in Comedagh  en-route, at 767 m the second highest peak in the Mournes. C ‘s will follow the Brandy Pad  taking the Glen River track down. The Brandy Pad as the name suggests, was a route popular for smuggling brandy and other items in the eighteen hundreds. The story goes that it was used to smuggle items from the coast; coffee, tea, silk and ..brandy,  the track crosses the top of the two valleys,  to the “Hare’s Gap”, from here goods could be dispersed in different directions to get out of the mountains and into the surrounding lands.
If you fancy joining us you will need, walking boots and a water/wind proof jacket, bring a packed lunch. Sun cream will be essential as we will be walking for around 4 hours. Allowing  an hour’s travel time in each direction, we should be back in Jonesborough, around 5 pm.