Monday, 6 April 2009

The Mournes, 5 Apr'09

The 12 of us staying together split into two groups for a run up into the Mourne Mountains. These hills are very accessible and therefore popular with hikers and runners. Today these outdoor groups were joined by an international swarm of motor-bikers doing time-trials through the forest. Once out of the forest, a relative calmness replaced the noisy bike engines and we jogged up to Slieve Donard - the highest peak in the range at 853m. Though these hills are not high, their summit tors are interesting and reminiscent of the Barns of Bynack or Ben Avon and the views are lovely. The 100 year-old wall along the crest of the hills makes for easy navigation. The competitive nature of our group made for an enjoyable but hard training session, yet I still had time to take quite a few photos - check them out on the Flickr page. Time allowed us to take in Slieve Donard, Slieve Commedagh, Slieveaglogh and Slieve Bearnagh before heading back to base and returning to Scotland.