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    Annalong Wood and Blue Lough Circular Walk

    Annalong Wood and Blue Lough Circular Walk

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    The Annalong Wood and Blue Lough Circular Walk is a rugged and challenging adventure in the Mourne Mountains of Northern Ireland that will see you scramble up several mountain peaks for breathtaking views. While out walking the trail, you will make your way through Annalong Wood towards the north, climbing uphill across Slieve Beg, Cove Mountain, and Slievelamagan, before descending alongside Blue Lough. This is a difficult journey that should only be attempted by experienced and prepared walkers.

    Route Description for Annalong Wood and Blue Lough Circular Walk

    Although it presents several challenges throughout the route, the Annalong Wood and Blue Lough Circular Walk is an exceptional adventure that will enable you to get the most out of your time in the Mourne Mountains. Make sure to come prepared with sturdy walking boots and all of the proper gear to traverse the exposed and rocky mountain peaks.

    Setting out from the Carrick Little Car Park, you will make your way north along the edge of Annalong Wood, following along the track as it leads you towards the mountains. Keeping to the right, you will cross over several streams and begin the steep and rocky ascent of Slieve Beg along the Devil’s Coachroad. From here, you will head west to traverse the saddle between Slieve Beg and Cove Mountain.

    After climbing up the somewhat less-treacherous slopes of Cove Mountain, you will continue on to the southwest and climb further uphill towards the summit of Slievelamagan, where you will enjoy some spectacular views of the undulating terrain surrounding you. From here, you will head downhill into the saddle between Slievelamagan and Slieve Binnian, before turning to the southeast to pass by the shores of Blue Lough. At this point, you will continue walking to the southeast to meet up with your original path and follow it back to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Annalong Wood and Blue Lough Circular Walk Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Annalong Wood and Blue Lough Circular Walk can be found at the Carrick Little Car Park on Head Road.

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