Blue Lough

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This walk provides an easy introduction to the Mountains of Mourne giving a mountain atmosphere whilst following gentle gradients and making use of distinct tracks and pathways.

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  • If you only do one family walk in the Mournes – make it this one! Absolutely stunning scenes all round. Took us 4 hours to do this walk with children aged 11, 8 and 4 with plenty of snack stops. One little climb at the end and everything else is flat. The ground is uneven though and a few streams to cross so definitely boots if you have them.

    @dayoffdanders at 8:46 pm
  • A great hours walk to the Blue Lough at the heart of the Mournes. On a scorching August day the prize at the end was a swim in the clean refreshing water of the lough- absolute heaven! I have done this walk on misty August days when the mountains were hidden behind a wall of fog; it adds an atmospheric angle to the obligatory dip in the lough.

    Nuala Murphy at 8:33 pm
  • Lovely spot and walk

    James at 7:43 pm
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    County Down

    Distance 3 miles

    OS Map Sheet 29

    Terrain Gentle hill walking

    Nearest Town Annalong Village

    Route Shape Circular

    Grid Reference J345219

    Route Type Mountain

    Route Description

    Start at Carrick Little car park. A track leading from the car park north into the mountains provides a pleasant start to the Blue Lough walk.

    A stile at this point crosses the Mourne Wall as it descents from Slieve Binnian to the West and continues east towards Long Seefin. The route to the Blue Lough crosses the wall at right angles and continues along a level track to reach and follow the edge of Annalong Wood.

    The path continues along old quarry tracks in open heathland. Much of the route was originally paved with granite slabs and there is evidence of stone working along the way. There are two main track junctions between this point and the Blue Lough, the route bears left at both.

    This pleasant spot where the path crosses the small fast stream which exits the Blue Lough, provides an opportunity to appreciate the view North East to Slieve Donard, Northern Ireland’s highest mountain.

    The rocky slopes of Slieve Lamagan rise close by to the north and Slieve Binnian lies to the Southwest. Percy Bysshe the small outcrop of rock close to the path was named after a poet.

    The Blue Lough provides a fine place to picnic. A short walk (600m) further along the track to the col or saddle between Slieve Binnian and Slieve Lamagan will provide a bird’s eye view of Ben Crom Dam and the mountain from which it takes its name.

    The return route is the same as the outward journey.

    Point of Interest

    Mourne Wall connects the summits of 15 mountains

    Getting to the start

    The Carrick Little car park is at the junction of the Head Road and Oldtown Road near Annalong.

    Public transport

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    Picnic area, café, campsite and camping pods