Josephine Weir - Aug '06
I used to holiday in the mournes with my family,
I will never forget the natural beauty and the
friendly people there.
Irvine Jones - January '06
Your Place and Mine - - - is a treasure-trove
of information, history and memories - - - whether
it is WW2, the Belfast Blitz, or walking in
the Mournes. I " came on " Simon Kirwan's
photograph of the summit of Slieve Donard -
- - with its " oversize trig point "
and remembered getting up there in 2000 while
on a visit back " home" . The walk
started at the car - park in Donard Park, Newcastle.
Following the Glen River Trail to where it meets
the Mourne Wall, passing by The Icehouse where
the hiking trail comes out of the forest, onto
the bald mountainside.
After that the weather started to deteriorate
- - - and by the time the Mourne Wall was reached
- - - visibility was down to maybe 10 yards,
thanks to cloud or mist or rain or all of these.
Fortunately there was the OSNI " Mourne
Country " map, and I was at the Wall, otherwise
the hike would have ended ! The Wall was a comfort
to follow. Suddenly, out of the mist - - - there
was the " oversized trig point " -
- - on top of stone structure that forms the
turning - point of the Wall, where it goes abruptly
from an easterly to a southerly course.
There was a doorway in the turning point, not
too hospitable in there, but out of the rain,
so the sandwiches made by my sister , came out
, and tasted great ! After lunch I stepped outside
to find the sun was shining, rain had stopped,
and I was looking down on to the Irish Sea nearly
2800 feet below. The return trip was leisurely,
I met a group just coming uphill, near where
the Trail left the Wall to return towards The
Icehouse. I believe The Icehouse was just that
- - - an ancestor of the modern freezer, with
ice from the mountain, used by a nearby Big
house! There was also a lone American on the
trail, from Minnesota!
Kirwan's photograph is almost a souvenir.
Alex Johnson - Apr '07
I couldn't think of a better place to spend
ones time. I have been hiking, climbing and
camping in the Mournes since I was 5, and my
interest and love for them becomes greater
every day. My favourite spots in the Mournes
would be the area around Loughshannagh, and
at the summit of Doan (which in my opinion,
boasts the most spectacular paronamic views
in the Mournes). The Mournes have a certain
quality about them which no other area posesses.
Tom Newell (February 2004)
The people of Mourne are that kindly, if you
ask them the time of day they would give you
David Ellison (April 2002):
"One Sunday morning, 3 or 4 weeks back, we drove down
to Tullymore Park and did the 8 mile walk. It was
a nice dry day (not many of those this year so far!)
and the bluebells in parts of the forest were simply
breathtaking. In one particular spot, to use that
old cliche, there really was a huge carpet of them
- stretching as far as the eye could see. What a wonderful
sight .... nature is just amazing!"