Author Topic: Epic day on Eagle & the wonderful western Mournes  (Read 393 times)

henryb

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With a glorious sunny day on Saturday I opted for a high level circuit in the western Mournes taking in 5 summits. Starting from Leitrim Lodge I followed a good track towards Shanlieve, the first summit of the day. Unfortunately, the good track peters out into a marsh which, thankfully, is short-lived. After arriving at the Mourne wall I made the straightforward ascent of Shanlieve which took 30 minutes. After summiting Shanlieve I followed the course of the wall to Eagle. Eagle is the highest point in the western Mournes and offers a 30-peak 360 panorama. After a short break I descended to the windy gap before ascending Slievemoughanmore. This summit offers my favourite aerial view of any of the Mourne valleys. Thereafter I descended to Tornamrock before following its broad ridge to Rocky mountain, the final summit of the round. Rocky mountain is a fitting finale as it is possible to see the whole route of the previous 4 summits laid out before you. Total distance was nearly 13km.


Altataggart and Tievedockaragh from Leitrim Lodge:
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Tievedockaragh and the southern Mournes from the ascent of Shanlieve:
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Hen, Rocky and Tornamrock from ascent of Shanlieve:
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View from Shanlieve:
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View from Eagle:
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Knockchree:
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Zoom-in on Spelga:
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The central and eastern Mournes from Eagle:
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Blackbird:
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Western & central Mournes, descending Eagle:
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Spelga Reservoir:
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Western Mournes from Slievemoughanmore:
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Descending Slievemoughanmore:
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Hen mountain:
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View from Tornamrock's ridge:
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Eagle, Shanlieve, Slievemoughanmore and Tornamrock from Rocky:
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Eagle, Shanlieve and Tornamrock from Rocky:
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April

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Re: Epic day on Eagle & the wonderful western Mournes
« Reply #1 on: 12:28:06, 09/05/17 »
Looks like you had a great day out henry  O0
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Re: Epic day on Eagle & the wonderful western Mournes
« Reply #2 on: 14:44:24, 09/05/17 »
Great photos, what a beautiful day you had for your walk.
Desperately trying to escape and venture in the wild outdoors...

henryb

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Re: Epic day on Eagle & the wonderful western Mournes
« Reply #3 on: 19:03:57, 09/05/17 »
Thanks April and buntonn, it was one of the best days out this year, hopefully the good weather will continue :)


beefy

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Re: Epic day on Eagle & the wonderful western Mournes
« Reply #4 on: 08:38:17, 11/05/17 »
great pics and TR henry thanks
, keep posting them ... O0
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Ridge

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Re: Epic day on Eagle & the wonderful western Mournes
« Reply #5 on: 08:57:44, 11/05/17 »
Never been to Ireland but always look forward to your pics, looks like a great day.


Your ornithological knowledge appears to be on a level with mine they are all either blackbird, duck, pigeon, seagull, sparrow or ostrich.
Over hill, over dale. Thorough brush, thorough brier....
I do wander every where

adalard

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Re: Epic day on Eagle & the wonderful western Mournes
« Reply #6 on: 15:20:26, 11/05/17 »

Looks like a fantastic walk, Henry - the photos are great and those views from Eagle are superb.  O0

Your ornithological knowledge appears to be on a level with mine they are all either blackbird, duck, pigeon, seagull, sparrow or ostrich.


And mine - I try my best to identify after the fact using the RSPB website but I still get it wrong sometimes.  :-\

Penygadair

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Re: Epic day on Eagle & the wonderful western Mournes
« Reply #7 on: 10:01:27, 12/05/17 »
Excellent stuff as always Henry.  Thanks for posting.

henryb

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Re: Epic day on Eagle & the wonderful western Mournes
« Reply #8 on: 23:12:51, 13/05/17 »
Thanks for all the replies :)  There is actually a walk in the Mournes called the bird walk taking in Hen, Pigeon and Eagle :)  Haven't done that walk could be a possibility for a later date :)  Eagle is actually one of my top 5 summits - the others being Doan, Binnian, Slieveloughshannagh and Slievemartin