This 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.