Author Topic: From the robin to the rainbow: magical day on Moolieve  (Read 672 times)

henryb

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As I drove to Newcastle yesterday I noticed the higher Mournes starting to clag in and while lower slopes were cloud free. I decided to drive to the silent valley reservoir car park to walk the reservoir to ben crom dam and back. I watched a programme recently on TV where volunteers released squirrels in this area and hoped to see one. Unfortunately that didn't happen but as I was lacing up my Salomon boots a robin flew in and perched itself on a bin next to my car. This is actually a common occurrence in this area. The rain started to pour and I put the waterproofs on as I started the nature trail. After emerging from the woods I came to the silent valley reservoir. I noticed the sun breaking out over knockchree as the eastern Mournes were clagged in. As I started to walk the reservoir to ben crom dam a strong gale force wind came and blew all the clouds away. As the peaks came into view, I changed my route and decided to climb the nearest mountain, Moolieve. The summit was gained within half an hour. The wind was really strong and I had to get my coat out as another shower came on. As I descended the mountain a beautiful rainbow appeared over the reservoir. Total distance was nearly 8km.[/font][/color]
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Silent valley track to Ben crom dam:[/font][/color]
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Slievenaglogh, Doan, Meelmore, Meelbeg, Carn and Muck:[/font][/color]
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Silent Valley from the ascent of Moolieve:[/font][/color]
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Slievenaglogh and the central Mournes:[/font][/color]
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Wee Binnian and Slieve Binnian:[/font][/color]
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Knockchree:[/font][/color]
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Eagle, Moughanmore, Muck and Slievenaglogh:[/font][/color]
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Slievenaglogh, Muck, Carn, Slieveloughshannagh, Meelbeg and Meelmore:[/font][/color]
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The rainbow:[/font][/color]
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A duck in Sallylough:
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adalard

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Re: From the robin to the rainbow: magical day on Moolieve
« Reply #1 on: 20:02:55, 09/12/18 »
Great photos, Henry - always enjoy my "virtual trips" around those mountains, thanks for sharing.  O0

sunnydale

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Re: From the robin to the rainbow: magical day on Moolieve
« Reply #2 on: 08:58:14, 10/12/18 »
Lovely photos Henry O0
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beefy

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Re: From the robin to the rainbow: magical day on Moolieve
« Reply #3 on: 09:35:43, 10/12/18 »
Great pics henry O0
Love the Robin and duck pics
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April

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Re: From the robin to the rainbow: magical day on Moolieve
« Reply #4 on: 08:53:22, 11/12/18 »
More great pics henry, I too love the robin and mandarin duck  O0
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richardh1905

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Re: From the robin to the rainbow: magical day on Moolieve
« Reply #5 on: 21:47:40, 17/12/18 »

Lovely photos, lovely mountains - must visit some day.


Is Moolieve the 320m high hill due east of the dam? It appears to be unnamed on viewranger.