On a perfect August bank holiday morning we set out from Donard car park in Newcastle at about 8am, intending to climb as far as the Mourne wall which sits just at the base of the imposing Slieve Donard. We had never been up here before, so didn’t really know what awaited us. I wouldnt say the climb was easy, but the scenery was just stunning and certainly made up for our wobbly legs.
After the pretty stiff climb up through Donard Wood from Newcastle, you eventually come out here, where you see a strange stone building. This building was an ice-house, a primitive fridge of sorts, built by the Annesley Family (former owners of Donard Park).
A little bumblebee who was sitting on a rock warming himself up in the early morning Sun, getting ready for a day of pollen collecting.
So beautiful up here.
Just to the left of the picture is early mist hanging over Slieve Donard. Still a long way to go from here though.
A funny little tree fitting into the curve of the mountain.
Almost, but not just, looking downhill from the Mourne Wall. Thats Newcastle very far away in the distance.
Finally here, the magnificent Mourne Wall cutting Slieve Donard in two. We had climbed something like three miles mostly upward. Phew.
After a bite of lunch, and a just as tough descent, we cooled our feet in this crystal clear pool of water in Donard Wood. Wonderful. For information on this walk see here: http://www.walkni.com/walks/462/glen-river/