This Sunday, the 11th of August we are walking in the Eastern Mournes. We will have 2 groups out, both group walks will be 10+ km and will take around 4 hours and are as follows:
“B” group, this walk will be strenuous, taking in 3 peaks, Slieves, Loughshannagh, Meelbeg and Bernagh
“C” group, this walk will be a moderate, loop walk climbing Slieve Bernagh only.
Slieve Bearnagh, (from the Irish “Sliabh Bearna” meaning “Gapped Mountain”), gets its name from its giant granite rocky tors and the col lying between them. It is the 4th highest in the range and another 700m+ peak, with saddles at Pollaphuca to the West and Hares Gap to the East.
Pollaphuca comes from the Irish “pool of the puca”. The puca being fairy like creatures of Irish folklore, considered to be both bringers of good and bad fortune, they could either help or hinder, rural and marine communities. They were said to be shape changers and could take the appearance of various creatures, black horses, goats and rabbits! They are associated with the Harvest Festival, “Samhain”, November 1st, which can also be known as “Puca’s Day.
A bus is organised at a cost of £5/person. At the moment there are places available and will be filled on a first come/first paid basis on Sunday morning.
Meet as usual at the “Gap” pub Jonesboro’ at 10am for registration/safety briefing. We will be leaving promptly at 10.15 and allowing an hour’s travel time in each direction we should be back around 4.30 / 5.00pm.
All walkers must be wearing deep tread walking boots and have a waterproof jacket. Walking poles are advisable. Bring a packed lunch/water. Anyone who has not walked with us before must walk with our “C” Group.