I to spend my time in the mournes, at present I have 3 count them 3 failed attempts at completing the mourne wall in one day. Anything that could go wrong has. A few weeks ago my mate was almost blown off the summit of Binnian. I regularly head up to donard wood for some over nighters. If you need some company on the hills I'm sure something could be arranged.
Although officially not allowed as it's mostly private land, I've never had anyone chase me off it.
Best place to start depends on where you want to stay. Belfast Castle is a very good access point for the "front of the hill" with access to all parts of the forest. The "back of the hill" is more easily accessed from various carparks but is very open with no treeline whatsoever.
I'm going to have a pop at Cave Hill the next time we get any semi decent weather. I've been walking around Black Mountain quite a bit recently and fancy a change of scenery. Bit wary though - it looks bloody steep..
So it looks like heading up via belfast castle is the way to go. I have just been on google maps and the area looks like an untapped resource. Don't worry jonnno they all look steep till your at the top. Good stuff 'bout time we got something together............. please keep us up to date on possible adventures.
There's a lot of guys use cavehill, I am one of the many, it is very steep with very little flat ground for camping or shelter building, beware of overnighters unless you fancy a run in with the numerous local chavs who use it as a drinking den and gathering point for other antisocial behaviour, I have come too close too many times to being in a very dangerous predicament with intoxicated teenagers in large groups..for daily walks it's great but you will compete with ramblers ,mountain bikers and the like, and remember you're on the edge of north Belfast, so don't expect an easy time of it if you want to go ahead, good luck and if you ever decide to go up the hill I'll be glad to accompany you.
not a bad idea. Redneck I had no idea it was that bad but I think a fact finding mission is in order. As much as I love the the mournes I need pastures new and hailing for Portadown I know all about chavs.
Northern Ireland has massive potential for Bushcraft. Give some thought to what you want to do and I'm sure you will find solutions. There are already groups of us out there, and, hopefully very soon, we may be in a position to be able to invite you to join us.
redneck is quite right the cavehill is full of chavs, i couldn't recommend staying up there, unless uoy were in a group.
it's not a bad wander and you can easily climb up the north side of 'napoleons nose', i've done it loads of times with a mountain bike on my back.
if you're looking for a change and some woodland, i'm lucky enough to live 3 minutes drive from a lovely forest that's mostly free from chavs.
it's at woodburn. between ballyclare and carrickfergus. about 15 mins outside belfast
look it up on google maps. it's the one with 3 dams in a row.
anyone for a wee overnighter?
Hi Tweeder and welcome... this thread has finally come to life looks like a lot if interest!!!
Looks like a bit of a get together is on the cards. I'm sure we can find a bit of common ground to get a meeting sorted. Any Ideas?
hi mountain_necro_goat and thanks for the welcome.
as i say, woodburn is quite nice, plenty of places well out of the way to set up a nice wee camp.
i know all the farmers on the adjoining land, plenty of bunnies for the pot, if you're up for that sort of thing. it certainly is mine.
I grew up on the living beside the Cavehill and know it very very well. Yes, there are chavs there but mostly seem to stay near the carparks and public areas. There are also areas that are pretty solitary.
Wandered around Woodburn a coupla times but was advised not to leave my car there overnight. Is this true?
Another excellent little spot is between Ballyclare and Larne - Ballyboley Forest. Haven't done an overnighter there yet, but it looks good to try.
Count me in on anything you may want to try out lads.