Our walk this Bank Holiday weekend, Sunday 25th of May, is in the Mournes. It is planned that both groups will take in Slieve Binnian, the third highest mountain in Northern Ireland at 747 metres. With some amazing rocky tors situated around the top of the mountain, its well worth the climb and effort to see them!
Our “B” walk will take in, in addition to Slieve Binnian, Slieve Lamagan. This will be a long and challenging walk, probably one of the toughest we do, so with that in mind anyone who has found any of the recent B walks challenging should consider dropping back to the C group on this occasion. Lamagan translates in Irish to the “hands and knees” mountain and that gives some indication of how you might end up climbing it!
Leaders on every walk have group safety as their number 1 priority and this walk will be no exception, with steep descents of both mountains they must be obeyed at all times. The frontman / backman policy must be adhered to and the pace will be set by the leaders.
We expect that this walk will be 4.5/5+ hours allowing an hour travel time in each direction it will be a long day. The earlier we leave in the morning the sooner we will start walking, please be at the Gap for 10 and we will be leaving promptly at 10.15
A bus is organised and there are still a few places available. Let me know if you are interested in a seat, price is as usual £5 and will be filled on a first come first served basis. (Note only payment secures a seat). We will be beginning and ending our walk at Carrick Little Car Park, parking here is very limited and it usually fills up early in the morning. We will be traveling by Warrenpoint, for anyone wanting picked up en-route.
As always basic kit is essential, boots and a waterproof jacket, you may want to take walking poles for the steep descents. Leaders have suggested taking 2 shorter breaks rather than our usual longer one, so you may want to consider packing your lunch accordingly.
Anyone with outstanding membership to pay, I need it asap!!!