Author Topic: From Lamagan to Slieve Beg: epic day in the eastern Mournes  (Read 52 times)

henryb

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Saturday's walk saw me fulfill a long-awaited ambition in the Mournes: to walk from Carrick Little to Maggy's Leap car park taking in Lamagan, Upper Cove and Slieve Beg. I used the Mourne Shuttle service for the first time. Parking my car at Maggy's Leap, I took the shuttle bus to Carrick Little. Journey time was 15 minutes. I walked to Ben Crom reservoir on a good track. This section took an hour. After admiring the reservoir the real hard work started with the ascent of Lamagan. It isn't a technical climb, just a long slog. I reached the summit at midday. Lamagan was the highest summit on the route and is the 6th highest in the Mournes. I descended to the colony Lamagan shares with Upper Cove before ascending Upper Cove. Next mountain was Slieve Beg which I reached at 1pm. Slieve Beg offers great views of Annalong valley and its river. I dropped down to the Brandypad and made my way around Slieve Donard to the Mourne wall. After climbing a stile, I picked up an estate-type track back to the car park. Total distance was 10 miles taking just over 4 hours. I intend to use the shuttle service again as A to B walks offer a good alternative to circular routes.


The eastern Mournes:
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The route ahead from near the start of the walk:
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Ben Crom and the reservoir which shares the same name:
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Ben Crom reservoir and Bernagh:
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Retrospective view of Ben Crom reservoir from Lamagan's ascent:
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Binnian's back castles from Lamagan:
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Ben Crom, Doan, Muck, Carn and Slieveloughshannagh:
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Central Mournes from Lamagan:
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CHimney, Rocky, Hares castle and the seefins from Lamagan:
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Donard, Commedagh and Upper Cove from Lamagan:
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Bernagh and Meelbeg from Upper Cove:
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Lower Cove from Upper Cove:
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Commedagh, Donard and Slieve Beg from Cove:
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Slieve beg and Commedagh from Upper Cove:
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Zoom-in on Hare's Gap:
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Donard from Slieve Beg:
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Rocky from Slieve beg:
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Annalong valley from brandypad:
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Slieve Beg and Upper cove from brandypad:
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