Author Topic: Cove Cloud inversions and a Carrick cottage Cheesecake  (Read 324 times)

henryb

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With a favourable forecast, last Saturday's walk saw me take in Upper Cove and Slieve Lamagan. Slieve Lamagan is the 6th highest summit in the Mournes and is one of the seven sevens. Starting from Carrick Little car park, I followed a good track to the Mourne wall. Passing through a gate I headed in the direction of the Annalong valley. After reaching the head of Annalong forest I turned off the path to pick up a foot trail beside Annalong river. Following the river's course to the foot of Upper Cove I started to ascend to the mountain's colony, shared with Slieve Beg. A patch of blue sky was replaced by a thick cloud :( . The cloud partially lifted as Bernagh came into view. Turning 180 I saw a temperature inversion with Donard and Commedagh above the clouds. After admiring the views I headed to Slieve Lamagan. It seemed I had picked the only mountain with blue sky above it. I descended to the colony shared with Slieve Binnian. After admiring Ben Crom reservoir I returned to Annalong forest before treating myself to a Carrick cottage cheesecake. The cafe has just recently opened and its always good to treat oneself after a 10 mile trek :)


Binnian and Lamagan:
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Binnian and Annalong forest:
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Annalong valley:
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Slieve Beg and Commedagh:
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Hare's gap:
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Bernagh's twin peaks:
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Bernagh and Meelbeg:
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Upper Cove and Donard:
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Bernagh:
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Donard and Commedagh:
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Donard:
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Zoom-in on Donard:
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Donard only; Commedagh has its cap on:
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Donard and Commedagh from Lamagan:
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Meelbeg:
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Binnian south tor:
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Meelbeg and Ben Crom:
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Ben Crom reservoir:
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Blue Lough:
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Strider

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Re: Cove Cloud inversions and a Carrick cottage Cheesecake
« Reply #1 on: 19:51:48, 11/04/17 »
Terrain looks very similar to the Galloways, and that cheesecake looks good!  Cheers for posting Henry  O0
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henryb

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Re: Cove Cloud inversions and a Carrick cottage Cheesecake
« Reply #2 on: 19:57:40, 11/04/17 »
The cheesecake was good :) , thanks

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Re: Cove Cloud inversions and a Carrick cottage Cheesecake
« Reply #3 on: 20:25:41, 11/04/17 »
Mmmmmm! Cheesecake!

adalard

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Re: Cove Cloud inversions and a Carrick cottage Cheesecake
« Reply #4 on: 08:51:05, 12/04/17 »
Great photos as always, Henry - including the one of the cheesecake!  :) O0 


Are the access rights around there the same as in England and Wales or is there freedom to roam like in Scotland?

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Re: Cove Cloud inversions and a Carrick cottage Cheesecake
« Reply #5 on: 15:47:08, 12/04/17 »
great pics henry, i do like a good inversion ...  O0
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Re: Cove Cloud inversions and a Carrick cottage Cheesecake
« Reply #6 on: 20:35:22, 12/04/17 »
Thanks all;
@ adalard there are a few farmers fields with no access but 90% of the Mournes are open to the public.
@ beefy, cloud inversions are great; I've had about 5 in 8 years :)

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Re: Cove Cloud inversions and a Carrick cottage Cheesecake
« Reply #7 on: 21:25:43, 12/04/17 »
More great pics Henry  O0

Henry, do you know if wild camping is allowed in Northern Ireland? We have been looking at maybe visiting Northern Ireland and/or Ireland and we wondered if it would be possible to do that without having to use official campsites?
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Re: Cove Cloud inversions and a Carrick cottage Cheesecake
« Reply #8 on: 10:17:15, 13/04/17 »
@ adalard there are a few farmers fields with no access but 90% of the Mournes are open to the public.


Ah, cheers, Henry - that's good to know. I doubt I'll be able to get over there this year but hopefully I will at some point. The Mournes look fantastic walking.

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Re: Cove Cloud inversions and a Carrick cottage Cheesecake
« Reply #9 on: 13:49:33, 13/04/17 »
Great photos henry and stunning wild country.
Like your final shot, puts everything in perspective.
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henryb

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Re: Cove Cloud inversions and a Carrick cottage Cheesecake
« Reply #10 on: 19:41:30, 16/04/17 »
April - I've never camped in the Mournes but can advise that I've seen several tents pitched early Saturday mornings over the years which I assume have been there the night before. I actually saw one pitched in the Annalong valley last week-end. I can only presume that wild camping is allowed in Northern Ireland. Elsewhere I've no idea unfortunately. One thing I should state is that public transport in the Mournes is very much the opposite to the Lakes. There is a Mourne rambler summer service running from Newcastle but without a car most places would be impossible to get to. Belfast George Best city airport is the nearest airport from where a car would have to be hired. Manchester would probably be the nearest airport from the Lakes for the initial flight. Mournes would be 1.75 hours drive from Belfast. Hope this helps, Henry