The Walkers at the Blue Lough

The Walkers at the Blue Lough

Another baker’s dozen gathered at the car park at Carrick Little just above Annalong for our May outing to the Blue Lough. We welcomed Yvonne Manogue, Michael and Cathy Body and Alice Armstrong to the group,

 

The east wind was keen at the start with a haze out to sea and clouds over the High Mournes but we soon warmed up on the first gentle ascent north up the track towards and along the edge of Annalong Forest some of which still showed the results of a fire some years ago. We crossed the Mourne Wall through a gate where the stile used to be and trekked on up the path along old quarry tracks in open heathland. Much of the route was originally paved with granite slabs, evidence of stone working.

Donard to the North
Looking north towards Slieve Donard

From where the path crosses the small stream flowing from the Blue Lough we had great views of Slieve Lamagan and Donard to the north and Binnian to the south west. The small outcrop of rock close by is named Percy Bysshe after the poet. It was used for bombing practice during WW11 from offshore ships!

On cue the sun came out for our Blue Lough lunch spot and from there all but Betty (with the sore knee) headed on up to the saddle between Lamagan and Binnian from where they had beautiful views down into the Ben Crom reservoir.

Blue Lough
The Blue Lough

Down then to the bottom for the eagerly awaited visit to the new café. Great food and pleasant service in this old family cottage where the boss kept piling coal onto the two fires! Worth a visit even if you’re not walking.

The Mournes were busy that day and it’s great to see so many people of all ages out enjoying the mountains. We’re lucky to have such a great destination so close by.

The next outing on 10th June (note change of date) is being organised by Brian to the village of Benburb with a walk along the Ulster Canal.

Betty

Added by: RobbieJackson
Added on: Sunday 14th May 2017

Category: Walkers

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