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Thursday, 7 September 2017

Back Home & Hiking the Mournes



A couple of weeks ago, I took my kids to Newcastle, County Down for a hike in the Mournes.

It's a beautiful area and the views are enjoyable once you break through the tree line about a mile up the mountainside.


Below shows the heather which covers large areas on this part of the more gentle slopes and you can see an old stone structure called the Ice House. It dates from the 1840's and used by the wealthy family of this area, when ice would have been collected in winter and stored here for use during the year.




 The area is so popular that the path has been widened and this old gate is a reminder of the narrow path once used by hikers.  Linking with Good Fences HERE


The skies were starting to change...


...and within a few minutes the rainclouds rolled over making for slippery conditions.


But all in all it was well worth it to hike up here and I'm thankful for the health and strength to do it and that such natural beauty is practically on my doorstep!

Linking with Michelle for Thankful Thursday HERE

And Skywatch Friday HERE

Thanks for your visit!

41 comments:

  1. ...a beautiful rocky landscape.

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  2. Such a lovely area, just the kind i hope to visit someday.

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  3. Hi Christine.

    Beautiful is it there.
    Beautiful pictures made you.

    Groettie van Patricia.

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  4. Hello, I would love this hike. The views are just gorgeous. Beautiful photos. Have a happy day!

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  5. The area is spectacular Christine. No matter where I travel, be it a far away trip or a short one, it is always great to get back home:)

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  6. What a great hike, I'd have liked to hike it with you. : )
    Beautiful scenery.

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  7. Beautiful scenery. I love it when it starts to rain unexpectedly. Especially when it is warm outside and the rain cools us off.

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  8. What a wonderful place to hike and enjoy those views. Very nice!

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  9. a really beautiful, natural spot!! the terrain looks rough, you are lucky to be healthy enough to climb that!!! gorgeous images of those incredible views!!!

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  10. Beautiful pics. Each is so interesting. The rocks add such dimension to the land. Sure make you want to climb on them or hike around them.

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  11. Absolutely gorgeous! How wonderful to have all that so close to home.
    Have a fantastic day,
    Andrea

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  12. What spectacular views from up there. That looks like a great place to explore.

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  13. I'v always been intrigued by the whole idea of an ice house! Lovely area!

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  14. This is the most interesting and beautiful hike path. I would love to be with you.

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  15. Hello Christine!:) Gorgeous views, wonderful hiking terrain, and I love the heather clad slopes, and the rustic gate, in this natural beauty spot.

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  16. Perfect, and oh-so lovely...you're truly enjoying the season you are in! Mary

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  17. What a wonderful place to visit! Such lovely photos. Love that ice house shot!

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  18. Beautiful shots! I like the ice house (very unusual!) and the old gate.

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  19. Wow, that is gorgeous. I see why you live where you do.

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  20. You were rewarded with beautiful views on your walk.

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  21. What a beautiful place to hike with your children and what gorgeous sky shots ~ thanks, ^_^

    (A Shutterbug Explores)

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  22. This is such a beautiful area and I love the shot of the old gate. Thank you for linking up today and have a great weekend.

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  23. Very beautiful - that's my kind of place.

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  24. Beautiful shots of the place.

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  25. so beautiful christine! i would love to walk there! beautiful views!

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  26. Such auf beauftragt area. I love the heather. Thank You for sharing these beautiful images

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  27. Muito lindas,adorei! bjs, ótimo fds! chica

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  28. What a wonderful hike. Love the surrounding scenery.

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  29. Gorgeous landscape. I can see why the area is popular with hikers.

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  30. Christine, I would love to go there...wish I could have gone there when young. I would have loved it so.

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  31. Such a beautiful area. I loved the Ice House and your shot of the Gate, they were both amazing.

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  32. Christine - I have done a lot of walking in the UK and have never seen an ice house - so unique! I love heather and it brought back many memories of walks on the moors. Lovely, lovely!

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