Meeting Point: 10.15am at Exchange Street car park, Belfast
Starting Point: 12noon at Meelmore Lodge,Trassey Rd, Newcastle
Starting Point: (Grid Ref: OS map ” the Mournes” J305 308)
“A” Walk will include Spellack and Meelmore, joining the others before climbing Bearnagh
Distance: Walks both 9km, one more difficult than the other
Google Ref for Meelmore Lodge- http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Meelmore+Lodge&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=18.755894,39.418945&ie=UTF8&hq=Meelmore+Lodge&hnear=&z=13&iwloc=A
This will see us starting from Meelmore Lodge Amenity Area with a choice of exciting walks. However depending on numbers and range of fitness, we may decide to stay together in one group.
Bearnagh is one of the most striking mountains in the range, and has a wow factor!
Those who like to push ahead will tackle Spellack and then made the ascent to Meelmore, descend to the base of Bearnagh at the Mourne Wall. The other group (B walk) will walk up from the Trassey Track to join the others. From here we will reach the summit tors of Bearnagh. We then descend to Hare’s Gap, and again there is a choice to go further on along the wall to reach Slievenaglogh, returning to Meelmore Lodge via an old quarry track.
This is an annual fixture on our walking calendar and one of the most interesting and varied walks. It’s only fair to point out that some of the slopes are steep, but safe. It’s a very rewarding walk with stupendous views.