Ott, Doan, Ben Crom, Mournes

16 April, 2017 @ 10:15 – 18:30

Meet at car park at the junction of Dunbar Link/Exchange Street/Corporation Street at 10:15am or at Ott carpark at 11.25am

Length approximately 4/5 miles

There is a possibility of two walks, one of them more arduous than the other, but really not any longer. A decision can be taken on Doan-we have leaders for both routes.

Terrain – The Ott Track, easy climbing on to Doan, steep descent in places to reach Lough Shannagh, moderate climb to Carn and easy descent to Ott car park. Dogs should be kept on leads outside the Mourne Wall-most of the walk is within the boundaries of the Wall.

Walk description – this is a moderate and varied walk taking in views of the High Mournes, and the reservoirs which serve Belfast. The view from Doan is spectacular! Lough Shannagh is a remnant of a glacial lake and at one end has a sandy shore. If some wish to ascend Ben Crom, there is drama in places. The climb is not difficult but the steep side of the mountain falls away into the reservoir of the same name, with rock formations and gullies.

Directions to get there (Ott)- From Bryansford (Exit from Tollymore Forrest Park) follow the B180 (Hilltown Rd) to the junction to your left with the Slievenaman Rd (see sign post for Spelga Dam). Along this road some 3 miles the Foffany Dam lies to your left as you start to ascend a hill. Near the top, you will see the Ott Car park.

Click here for Walk Information Sheet including maps of starting points