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Mourne International Walking Festival


Friday 24th June sees the return of the Mourne International Walking Festival. Taking place over 3 days, this internationally recognised walking festival is packed full of great opportunities for walkers to get out and enjoy the highlights of the Mourne Mountains.

The base for this year’s festival is the village of Warrenpoint situated on the shores of Carlingford Lough. Located 50 miles south of Belfast and approximately 1 1/2 hours from

Dublin by car, Warrenpoint is full of cosy bars and fine restaurants ideal for walkers after a long day in the Mourne Mountains.

On each of the 3 days of the festival there are a variety of self-guided lowland walks with all routes fully waymarked. These walks will all be focused around the western Mournes with transport provided to and from the start and finish points for the walks.

On Saturday 25th June there is a moderate 20km guided mountain ramble from Leitrim Lodge up Rocky Mountain to Yellow Water and Kilbroney. There is also a more strenuous 20km guided hike up Hen Mountain, Cock Mountain and Pigeon Rock Mountain on offer for walkers with a reasonably high level of fitness.

On the Sunday there are another two 20km guided options with the ramble summiting Slieve Martin and Slievefadda before descending into Rostrevor Forest Park. The Sunday hike heads towards Splega Dam via Slieve Muck, Ott Mountain and Butter Mountain.

The social highlight of festival weekend is always the ‘Blister Ball’ on the Saturday evening and this year The Duke Bar and Restaurant in Warrenpoint is the location for this casual dinner/dance event.

You can find out more about this year’s festival on www.mournewalking.co.uk or by contacting Warrenpoint Tourist Office on + 44 (0)28 4175 2256.

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