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Trailtrekker: Track 2526 in area near Slievemeen, Mourne Mountains (Ireland)
Slievemeen, Slievemartin & Crenville
Length: 12.9km, Creator time taken: 3h14m, Ascent: 597m,
Descent: 339m

Places: Start at J18553 17777, Slievemeen, Slievemartin, Crenville, end at J20398 19996 2.9km NE from Start
Logged as completed by 1
This route follows mainly good tracks, with the exception of the approach to Crenville, which is through tussocky long grass and some tough terrain.

As you turn off the coast road at the signs for Kilbroney Park you will see a parking area past a red brick building on your right. Park up here and walk back down the road a few metres to the opening of the track at J 19792 18349. This walk takes you into a nature reserve and it starts of as a beautiful mixed forest walk. You simply follow the way markings to the Fiddlers Green, heading through the green you take a left at the junction in the track. From here you are looking out for a waymarking that says “viewpoint”, follow a steeper track through the trees. You keep following your nose up to the Cloghmore.

As the walk gets closer to the big stone the trees start to fall away and views start to open up, not just back down to the Lough below, but even over towards Slievemartin. From Cloghmore you follow the tracks to the obvious opening in the forest to the south east. Your next target is the old stone wall over Ballymagelty, it is near the corner of the forest on your right hand side. The route to the top is as simple as following this battered old wall. Again your surroundings change on this stretch of the walk, as the more exposed mountainside gives new views of the Lough and right down to Binnian and Lamagan as you rise further up. The summit is marked by a modest pile of stones a few metres away from the wall.

From here it only took me ten minutes to summit Slievemartin before heading off for the more punishing terrain of Crenville! This hill is one for the peak baggers! The approach starts out fine, a walk along grassy tracks, aiming for the gap in the forestry and the fence crossing. From this point it is bog holes, trenches, long tussoscks of grass and general misery until you are clear on the far side of the summit. However, it is only a small section of the overall walk. Thankfully it has far better terrain and an easy escape route now from the Northern side, thanks to a newly constructed mountain bike track! The bike track will bring you onto forestery tracks, which are followed back to the start point.

Uploaded on: Mon, 14 Oct 2013 (17:06:08)
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