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EAGLE LOOP (06th August 2022)

On a splendid summer morning, Trekking NI set off for a scenic loop around the majestic Eagle Mountain. The group assembled at the reclusive Sandy Brae benefiting from the blissful ambience that rests there. They undertook a journey featuring Slievemoughanmore, Wee Slievemoughan, Tormanrock, Altaggart Mountain, Tievedockaragh and Eagle Mountain. On this delightful journey the group…

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BALLINTOY & PORTBRADDAN (23rd July 2022)

Trekking NI travelled to Ballintoy for a saunter along the awe-inspiring coastline. The group trekked along tranquil paths surrounded by impressive cliffs, mysterious caves, blissful sea views and alluring beaches. The Ballintoy coastline was decorated with lush greenery along the trails and cliff faces. Summer was in full bloom. This was a scenic hike with…

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MEELMORE, BEARNAGH & SLIEVENAGLOGH (09th July 2022)

Trekking NI gathered at Meelmore Lodge from where they journeyed into The Mourne’s taking on three peaks on a hot summers day. The group travelled across Meelmore Bog where they enjoyed views of Shirma River and the majestic Slieve Meelmore towering over them as they passed by. The group followed a trail up the valley…

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Slieve Donard (25th June 2022)

Trekking NI assembled at Bloody Bridge car park before journeying to the summit of The Mourne’s highest peak Slieve Donard. The group travelled the trail adjacent the epic Bloody Bridge River towards the Quarry Track. The trail we followed was surrounded by lush greenery presenting a visually pleasing scene. The river flowed beside us with…

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Slieve Muck (11th June 2022)

Parking at the Gamekeepers Lodge, we set off along Banns Road heading towards Slieve Muck. We left the path to trek along grassy and somewhat boggy terrain also enjoying a river crossing. Already we were removing layers due to the heat despite the increasing wind speed and the looming rain clouds. We then took an…

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MWEELREA – MAYO (27th-29th MAY 2022)

Trekking NI set off on a club trip to the marvellous Co. Mayo on a sunny Friday morning. Throughout the journey we were surrounded with great green scenery between each charming little settlement that we passed. Just beyond Enniskillen we stopped at Granny Walsh’s Coffee Shop enjoying a light lunch. After a delightful lunch, we…

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Rathlin Island (14th May 2022)

Trekking NI made their first club visit to Rathlin Island. The group enjoyed the ferry sailing across calm waters under the gaze of the sunshine. Following this was a trek through the charming little island being treated with quiet country roads, coastal views, vibrant green fields, spectacular cliffs and inspiring sea views. The group also…

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Slieve Foye – Carlingford (30th April 2022)

On a wet and grey Saturday morning, Trekking NI congregated at Carlingford town. The grey morning was brightened by the enthusiasm of ten hikers intent on an adventure to the peak of Slieve Foye. We trekked through a colourful and charming Carlingford town following River Lane to ascend towards the foot of Slieve Foye. We…

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Mountaineering Skills (23rd-24th April 2022)

Trekking NI members participated in Mountain Skills Level 1 with Mountaineering Ireland lead by Ronnie. This outdoor seminar was conducted under blue skies within the surrounds of natural beauty that is The Mournes. The two day course saw club members learn the art of navigation gaining competencies in following a bearing, taking a bearing and…

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The Robbers Tables (16th April 2022)

Trekking NI gathered on Easter eve embracing the soothing ambience of Gortin Glen Forest Park. We trekked along forest roads surrounded by vibrant green grass at the foot of the spectacular algae coated trees. We followed a steep path up Curraghchosaly Mountain offering impressive views along the way as we reached the peak. Onwards we…

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Waterfalls Walk (02nd April 2022)

Trekking NI had two groups taking on waterfall themed hikes within The Mournes. One group setting off from Ott Car Park and the other from Silent Valley. A low cloud surrounded the valley of Ott Mountain and Slieve Loughshannagh. We opted for the grassy trail following the river that pointed us towards the Mourne Wall.…

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What to Pack for a Hike

When going on a hike there is often a dilemma about what to pack. You do not want to carry unnecessary weight but also do not want to be in a position whereby you do not have what you need. At altitude, the weather is variable regardless of the season. The best hiking kit prepares…

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Dromora Hills (19th March 2022)

Commencing at The Windy Gap Car Park, Trekking NI journeyed into the Dromara Hills seeking out Legananny Mountain and Slieve Croob. A mischievous wind passed through the car park as we were getting ready to set off. Just down the road, we entered a trail known as the Windy Gap Pad. The high hedges either…

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The Blue Lough (05th March 2022)

Arriving at the heavenly Carrick Little, Trekking NI set off on a journey featuring Slieve Binnian, Silent Valley and the Blue Lough. We trekked along the rocky path towards Binnian. Ahead of us the beauty of the Mournes were on full display basking in the sun under a blue sky. Behind us the ocean lay…

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Scrabo (19th February 2022)

Arriving at Newtownards under a grey weeping grey sky, we got kitted up with our wet gear before setting off for a coastal path. We walked along the Flood Bank Path with open views of Strangford Lough to our left. The tide was afar though the remaining water gave the sandy surface a silvery shine.…

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Annalong Valley (5th February 2022)

Arriving at Carrick Little we set off down Head Road towards Dunnywater at the bottom of Annalong Wood. The trees were brought to life by the passing wind which relayed a soothing whisper. We emerged from the wood and followed the Mourne Wall to guide us towards Rocky Mountain. As we climbed Rocky, a silvery…

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Northern Mournes (22nd January 2022)

Meeting at Meelmore Lodge, Trekking NI toured the Northern Mournes. We trekked Slievenaglough, Slieve Corragh, Slieve Commedagh, Shan Slieve and Luke’s Mountain. The three groups set off each on their own adventure. We elegantly crossed Trassey River followed by an enthusiastic climb up a green path up to Slievenaglough. We then marched straight to the…

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Mountaineering Skills (20th -21st November 2021)

Five members of Trekking NI participated in a Mountaineering Ireland skills programme. We learned to use a compass, map reading and take a bearing from a map. We practised distancing and pacing too which positions us to plan a hike. We then turned out the lights and done it all in the dark. We were…

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Glenariff Forest (08th January 2022)

Trekking NI commenced 2022 hiking schedule with a visit to the beautiful Glenariff Forest Park Trails. The morning began overcast with a cold drizzle. Initially we followed an ascending trail being greeted with views of the surrounding landscape displaying fields of green, forestry and mountains looking out onto the sea. The forest trail had a…

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