Anyone waiting for the winter to finally go away?

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View from Slieve Foye gap

We were hoping to really dig in the garden work this weekend but once more the weather held us back. So even though it was cold we decided to do one of our favorite walks in the area – walk over the mountain which ends with well deserved hot chocolate in Dans coffee shop πŸ™‚

I have a great sentiment towards this walk as I actually manage to do it once from the our house, telling friends who just arrived from Poland and had no clue what is where, that we can actually walk to the coffee shop…not mentioning of course that it will take us about 2h and there is a mountain in the middle πŸ˜‰

But going back to the walk itself, it is definitely a popular one with number of options. We tend to leave one car in Carlingford (which is our destination) and one on the other side of Slieve Foye, at the start of the trail, which is actually part of the tain way (https://www.google.ie/maps/@54.030587,-6.230725,3a,75y,29.09h,73.09t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1s794ppLPbJvnHCoVMkgHZGA!2e0)

There is number of taxi companies in Carlingford, and it won’t cost you too much if you don’t want to involve the logistic of 2 cars.

So if you start form Glenmore AC stone, the Glenmore side of the trail leads up to the Slieve Foye saddle by a lovely path (once you pass the first short part on the stones, that is). It is not buggy friendly but it gently risesΒ so 4 year old and older can handle it easily. The views as you walk up are well worth it and the feeling of freedom is amazing. Kids are usually entertained by jumping from stone to stone and watching the sheep…:)

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As you reach the top of the saddle, you are greeted with spectacular view of Carlingford Lough and the Mourne mountain.

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It’s great to have a picnic there (if it’s not too windy) and enjoy the lovely view. Watch out for the horses tha might want to steal part of your lunch πŸ˜‰ If you wish to enjoy an even better view of both Dundalk bay and Mourne Mountains, at this point you can turn left up the trail and climb Slieve Foye (the highest mountain in Louth). We are yet to do it with kids, maybe this year πŸ™‚

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View of Slieve Foye from the top of the gap

 

 

Also at this point you can turn right and walk upΒ till he Meave’s Gap to see the whole of Cooley Peninsula. There is a narrow path from Meave’s gap which will bring you down onto the Rooskey road and then Carlingford.

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Path from the Slieve Foye gap towards Meave’s Gap

 

We usually just go down the trail towards Carlingford, as at this stage we are all a bit impatient to get our hot chocolate. The trail is quite clearly marked so even if you are there for the first time you shouldn’t have a problem finding your way.

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Path from the gap towards Carlingford

 

So whatever option you chose, make sure to take you time, take it all in and enjoy the hot chocolate! πŸ™‚

 

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4 thoughts on “Anyone waiting for the winter to finally go away?

  1. Your post is great to read for me, living in Ireland and unaware of all these lovely places that’s me not any more, I walked the Camino through beautiful countryside in France and Spain and I never stop praising it and here are all these lovely lovely places on our doorsteps , thank you so much for sharing, that’s another little trip for me and my darling at some stage this year. I know what you mean about the garden , the weather here was just awful today , I did however manage a couple of hours but my poor hands were frozen when I came inside . We have set ourselves a garden challenge this year , we started on the first day of February and the amount of work involved means every day some little thing has to get done , we are so looking forward to the good weather , bring on the sunshine . Happy Days to all I enjoy reading your blog and all your ideas on gardening . Kind Regards Kathy.

    • Hi Kathy, thanks a lot for such kind comments. It must be cause we moved from the city that makes us appreciate so much the scenery around πŸ™‚ great idea about doing the gardening everyday unfortunately so far we managed to just do work in the garden at the weekend but this definitely has to change as soon all the work will be on top of us! Thanks again for following πŸ™‚

  2. The view of Slieve Foye is so inviting, all your pictures are professional quality. I recently purchased the first Mountain World Ireland magazine. There are some really great articles and incredible photos that made it worth the steep €7 I paid for it. Most of the trails mentioned were a bit much for doing with children though. You could write articles for them about more child friendly hikes, serious. Anyway, I could just tune in here and get them for free right πŸ˜› ?! I really enjoyed this read. Melissa Xx

  3. Melissa, thanks for lovely comments! This would be a dream job, wouldn’t it πŸ™‚ go for a walk and then write about it πŸ™‚ I have number of loops still to write about so I am thinking of developing section on walks. Fingers crossed for warmer weather this weekend!take care. Kinga

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