Monthly Recap

Monthly Recap: November 2018


Trekking NI is now three months old, and I’ve been extremely encouraged so far by the amount of enthusiasm and interest that’s been shown in the site, both from readers and contributors. From hikers, photographers and fitness experts, to entrepreneurs, parents and artists, we’ve had a wonderful variety of experience shared this month (I hope you’ll agree!).

We’ve had loads of brilliant (REALLY brilliant) content come in throughout November – some of it’s already on the website, but there’s still so much that’s yet to go live, and I’m excited for you to see it.

As the month draws to a close and the Christmas period begins in earnest, let’s take a quick look back on the last thirty days…

Favourite Treks

Our November trekkers were Kathryn Bleakley, Simon Gray, Graham Pollock and guest bloggers Two Blondes Walking, who walked us up Slieve Binnian, across the wilds of Gortmaconnell, up to the Slieve Corragh viewpoint, and across the Irish Sea to Dartmoor (what do you mean that’s not in Northern Ireland?!). As usual, the experiences shared by each of our trekkers was super beneficial and great to read – you can check them out below.

Kathryn Bleakley

Two Blondes Walking

Simon Gray

Graham Pollock

Photographer in Focus

We also welcomed along our next Photographer in Focus, Mr Ryan Simpson of Ryan Simpson Photography. In spite of the fact that he supports Manchester United, Ryan’s a good friend of mine, and it was great to hear more about him and his impressive landscape photography work. YNWA, Ryan!

Ryan Simpson


We had several fantastic features this month too, which included an interview with Jenna Stevenson of ‘Made in Mourne’, a great article from fitness expert Stuart Thompson on how to strength-train for hiking, a wonderful guest piece from Kelly Hargie about hiking with family, and a brilliant interview with local artist Stephen Rooney. Please check these out below!

Made in Mourne

Strength Training for Better Hiking Experiences

Family Hiking in the Mournes: Life Unplugged

The Art of the Mournes with Stephen Rooney


Finally, we featured a little review of some very useful books on the Mournes. There isn’t a massive amount of literature out there on these famous peaks, so these books are definitely worth a look.

8 Great Books about the Mourne Mountains

Thanks again for all your support throughout November – we have plenty more lined up for the next few months, so keep an eye on the website and our social media outlets. Enjoy the festive season and have a very Merry Christmas!

~ David

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