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Bunsen7: Track 3362 in area near Slieve Bearnagh, Mourne Mountains (Ireland)
Mournes Loop from Meelmore Lodge
Length: 18.3km, Creator time taken: 6h55m, Ascent: 1255m,
Descent: 1252m

Places: Start at J3113931427, Slieve Bearnagh, Slieve Bearnagh North Tor, Slieve Donard, Slieve Corragh, Slievenaglogh East Top, Slievenaglogh, end at Start
Logged as completed by 2

This route is recommended by Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland. It is not waymarked, but follows tracks and the Mourne Wall. It sets out along the Trassey track from Meelmore Lodge, which merges into the Brandy Pad near Hare's Gap, an old smugglers route from Bloody Bridge. This walk spurred off before Hare's Gap along the valley between Bearnagh and Meelmore. Upon reaching the wall between Bearnagh and Meelmore, head directly up the wall to Bearnagh, do not be misled further south by a side track (as we were on this occasion). Take in the Tors and descend eastward to Hare's Gap. Follow the Brandy Pad from Hare's Gap towards Slieve Donard, passing between Commedagh and Slieve Beg. Trudge to the summit of Donard and return via the wall to Hare's Gap, which requires a another steep pull up Commedagh. Take in the summit of Commeddagh if you have the time. This is a well-trodden route.

Uploaded on: Thu, 15 Dec 2016 (15:29:23)
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Comment created by eiremountains 2022-Apr-11
We did this route on the 26/07/2020.

We followed the trail as it but after Hares Gap we climbed Slievenaglogh and continued that path until Slieve Donard.

At the beginning of Slieve Donard there was plenty of unprepared people (physically and clothes wise) leaving trash everywhere, it was the downside of the route.

From Slieve Donard we followed the south wall down until the gap and then we followed the path towards Hares Gap.

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