Slieve Gullion


Watchful eyes keeping an eye on us, as we scouted this Sunday’s walk!

We are on home turf, this Sunday 20th of August, the majestic Slieve Gullion… we will have 2 groups out, our B Group Walk, (our toughest), is  around 8 miles with 543 m of a height gain. They will start on the Mountain Road, taking the forestry path up past the “Gun Club”, and onto the scenic drive, then picking up the Famine Wall they will climb steeply… at this point on the Eastern side of the mountain there are spectacular views back across the valley towards Dundalk Bay. Picking up mountain paths B Group will visit both the South and North Cairns, and the King’s Table, before dropping down and picking up paths through the forest out onto the old, now disused Forestry Road, which they will follow back to their starting point.

C Group Walk will follow a similar route but slightly shortened and at a slower pace.

Both Groups will be out for around 4/ 4.5 hours, on mostly open hillside, at the moment it looks as if we will get wet weather but keep an eye on the forecast, this may change…(fingers crossed)… all walkers must have walking boots and a waterproof jacket. Bring a packed lunch. We would recommend gaiters and walking poles but these are not essential.

Meet at the Gap O’ the North Pub, Jonesborough at 10 am for registration and car pooling.

Our Away Trip this year is the weekend of the 13-15 th of October. We are staying in Westport and climbing Croagh Patrick, on the Saturday. Cost is 200 Euros/person sharing, this includes: bus, 2 nights B+B, evening meals and a packed lunch on the day of the walk. Members please note that places are filling up fast and a 50 Euro (non refundable), deposit is required to secure a place.

Coastal Walk

Our next walk is Saturday 5th of August, when we will be taking to the coast for a change of scene. We’ll start in the Cranfield area, Co. Down, with a short walk and a visit to the 13th century Castle in Greencastle, then we’ll take the Carlingford Scenic Ferry across to Greenore and from there we walk to Lily Finnegan’s Pub for a few post walk drinks and a BBQ, before returning to the Gap O’ the North in Jonesborough.

Cost £20, which includes bus to and from starting/finishing points, Ferry and BBQ. There are places still available if anyone is interested, message us for more details, either through our email: info@gaponorth.co.uk or through our facebook page.

http://www.lilyfinnegans.com/

http://carlingfordferry.com

https://discovernorthernireland.com/Greencastle-Royal-Castle-Kilkeel-Newry-P2867/

Please note we are not walking on Sunday 6th of August

Slieve Donard

Slieve Donard 2015

This Sunday, 23rd of July we are off to the Mournes to climb Slieve Donard, the highest mountain in Ulster at 853 m. We will have 2 Groups out, both will follow a similar route starting at Bloody Bridge and finishing in Newcastle. A bus has been organised at a cost of £5/person there are a few seats remaining and will be filled on “a first come first served basis”.

All walkers should meet at the Gap O’ the North Pub, Jonesborough, at 10 am for registration and a walks/safety briefing. Walkers must have walking boots, a waterproof jacket and packed lunch. We will be out for around 4/4.5 hours, on open hillside. At the moment Sunday is looking to be the best day of the weekend, but as this is changeable check out the mountain forecast at the link below, closer to the time. We recommend that you bring a fleece as it will become cooler as we climb.

http://www.myweather2.com/Hill-and-Mountain/United-Kingdom/Mourne-Mountains.aspx?sday=4

Allowing an hours travel time in each direction it is likely to be close to 6 pm before we are back.

The name “Bloody Bridge” refers to a massacre at the site at the time of the 1641 rebellion at the instigation of the Irish chieftain, Sir Conn Magennis. Tradition holds that a number of Protestant prisoners, taken by the Irish at Newry, were being brought under escort to Newcastle in exchange for Irish prisoners. The Irish commander, hearing that he was to be attacked at Newcastle (or learning that the Irish prisoners held there had been hanged), executed and drove over the rocks at Bloody Bridge as many as 50 of his captives.

Poultry Range Loop

18985132_1361108650611591_1678457068_nThis Sunday, 11th of June we are travelling to the Western Mournes to walk “The Birdy Mountains”, Hen, Cock and Pigeon Rock. After car pooling we will travel to Rocky River Bridge, Car Park, near Hilltown.

We will have 2 Groups out, who will at different paces climb Hen Mountain, (pictured above), to see its triple tors. We’ll then cross the saddle to ascend Cock Mountain’s double summit which gives superb views of Spelga Dam and much of the Central Mournes. From there we will cross the valley and climb steadily to the summit of Pigeon Rock, where we will lunch. Then its down hill along the wall to the base of Slievemoughanmore. At this point the C Group will follow the stream and track back towards the cars.

B Group will climb Slievemoughanmore with its great views of the other peaks in the Western Mournes. Then they’ll descend to Wee Slievemoughanmore and cross the Rowan Tree River (possibly meeting up the C Group along the path back to the cars).

These exhilarating walks should take around 4.5 hours, just enough time to work up a thirst which you can quench on return to base at The Gap!

All walkers must be wearing walking boots and have a waterproof jacket, bring a packed lunch. Meet at the Gap O’ the North Pub Jonesborough at 10 am for walks briefing and car pooling.

 

Croslieve Walk-Slievebrack

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Tomorrow, Sunday 28th of May, we are walking in the”Ring of Gullion” taking in Croslieve and Slievebrack. Depending on numbers, we may walk as one group or split into two groups for the walk. We are starting from the junction of the Carrive and Glendeshna Roads, (so a different starting position to our usual). We will walk from here up to the old helicopter landing pad, cross to the summit of Croslieve, then we will skirt around Slievebrack, following forest tracks around to the old cabins and make our way back to our starting point and the cars.

All new walkers are welcome, you must be wearing walking boots and have a waterproof jacket. Bring a packed lunch. Expect to be out for around 4 hours, part of the walk will be on rough forestry paths, but we will also be on open hillside, so expect rough, uneven terrain.

All walkers meet at 10 am in the Gap O’ the North Pub Jonesborough for registration, car pooling and a safety briefing.