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MOURNE COUNTRY PARK & KNOCKCREE (12th NOVEMBER 2022)

Trekking NI enjoyed a fantastic walk through the once reclusive Mourne Country Park exploring an ancient woodland, that has not been accessible to the public for over 500 years, before summiting knockcree to benefit from beautiful views of the Mournes. The group walked upon an amber carpet of autumn leaves adjacent a vibrant river as…

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SUNSET HIKE: PIGEON ROCK, COCK & HEN MOUNTAIN (29th OCTOBER 2022)

Trekking NI done things a little differently this time setting off later than usual for a sunset hike! Our planned route was Pigeon Rock, Cock and Hen mountain. We followed the trail from Sandybank Road car park leading us into the misty mountain valley. It was not long before all the surrounding mountains were concealed…

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SLIEVEMEEN, KNOCKSHEE & SLIEVEMARTIN (15th OCTOBER 2022)

Check out our hike of Slievemeen, Knockshee and Slievemartin sarting at Kilbroney Forest. We trekked through the charming forest heading towards Fiddlers Green before following a trail guiding us up towards Cloughmore Stone. From here we ascended the short but steep slope of Slievemeen and the views of Carlingford Lough behind us were amazing. We…

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Ben Crom (17th September 2022)

Trekking NI arrived at a colourful Meelmore Lodge under a blue sky complete with golden sunshine illuminating the rich green fields that surrounded the area. A day so nice that even the moon elected to appear. The cooler temperature was a reminder that Autumn is nearing but the summer vibrancy of the landscape was still…

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Ben Nevis Weekend (26th – 29th August 2022)

Trekking NI went on a voyage to Fort William in Scotland to take on the mighty Ben Nevis. Our conquest of Ben Nevis was a relentless yet amazing experience. The luxury of sleep was forfeited for an early rise to sail across the Irish Sea from Belfast to Cairnryan. The lengthy road trip from Cairnryan…

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Divis Mountain (20th August 2022)

Trekking NI travelled to the capital city to tour the popular Divis Mountain. The group began the morning taking shelter at the Divis Coffe Barn from the relentless wind and rain. After the weather eased, the group strolled up the main path surrounded by fields of green. The defined trails allowed the group to escape…

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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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