Central Mournes

(5 reviews)

A circular route in the central Mournes taking in sites such as Annalong Wood, Slievelamagan, Ben Crom Reservoir, Cove Mountain and Annalong Valley, with views over the Irish Sea and to the Isle of Man.

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  • Moderate experience as a hiker (Brecon Beacons and Lake District) but first time in the Mountain of Mourne. I walked in good visibility with moderate wind.

    Route took 5.5 hours (including lunch break, coffee at Carrick Cafe and lots of photos).

    Very easy to find the route. Bit of care needed when leaving the Brandy Pad to descend into the valley but only because the brandy pad is such an easy path that it’s easy to keep walking.

    I have an 8 year old black lab. He is fit but there nothing that a dog can’t do.

    Hannah at 6:42 pm
  • If I value my skill, I would fall in in-between inexperienced and a little experienced. Ascent to Lamagan is quite steep and rockey, no clear path but manageable. After Lamagan is easy walk for a while then steep and rocky descent. On the way to Cove, at the bottom between Lamagan and Cove, a group of people walking ahead of me took small path on the left to descend. Ascent to Cove is not that steep, and path is almost clear. Descend from Cove is quite rocky and steep again At the bottom between Cove and Beg, after crossing the river, I decided to retire from this route as I wanted to arrive at the car park at Little Carrick before it get dark. I took a small path on the left to descend that goes almost along the river. Again path is not that clear but should be very little chance to get lost. Then I took a path that runs between mountains and Analong river to go back to Little Carrick. It was 6 hours walk for me including time to appreciate the view from place to place, taking photos and videos, a couple of breaks for food and water.
    It was a beautifully sunny days but wind was rather strong. The view was beautiful!! You need good clothes as weather can be changeable and you will sweat a lot, and good boots as it can be slippery, wet and muddy. I didn’t manage Devil’s Coachroad (next time! when day time is longer) but enjoyed the walk.

    Kazu at 7:33 pm
  • County Down

    Distance 8.3 miles

    OS Map 29

    Terrain Unsurfaced mountain paths

    Nearest Town Hilltown

    Route Shape Circular

    Grid Reference J345219

    Route Type Mountain

    Route Description

    From Carricklittle car park, take the track leading up towards the mountains for 1km and cross the Mourne Wall using the stile/gate provided. Continue along the flat path for 1.8km keeping the Annalong Wood on your right. At the end of the wood, continue along the main path ascending towards the craggy outcrop of Percy Bysshe. This was used for bombing practice from off-shore ships during World War II. The path forks before this craggy outcrop, you should bear left passing the Blue Lough (on the right). Continue for another 500m to reach the col between Slieve Binnian and Slievelamagan (704m). You will see the path coming off Binnian on your left and a path leading up Slievelamagan on your right. Take this path to the right and continue to the col between Slievelamagan and Cove mountain. From here follow the path over Cove Mountain along the top of the crags. Continue along this path northwards to Slieve Beg passing the Devil’s Coach Road. Care should be taken here, especially in windy conditions. At the col between Slieve Beg and Slieve Commedagh, where the path meets the Brandy Pad, you should continue cross-country in a southerly direction for 250m to pick up the path that follows the Annalong River. Continue down this path for 3.25km, until you reach the wall at the northern end of the Annalong Wood. Follow the wall up to where it meets the main Carricklittle track again and retrace your steps back to the car park.

    Point of Interest

    Annalong Wood, Blue Lough, Slievelamagan, Cove Mountain, Slieve Beg, Annalong River

    Getting to the start

    The walk starts at Carricklittle car park. To get here follow the Moneydarragh Road out of Annalong for 1.3 km, continue straight on at the crossroads on the Oldtown Road for 2.4 km, Carricklittle car park is at the end of the Oldtown Road.

    Public transport

    Translink – journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

    Dog Policy

    Dogs must be kept on leads


    Car park available at Carricklittle.

    Accessibility Grade

    Grade 5

    • There may not be a formalised path, and variable, single file trails are to be expected.
    • Gradients and cross slope could be expected to be steep and not limited.
    • Obstacles and surface breaks of greater than 75mm measured across the line of the path to be expected.
    • Overhanging branches are possible. Passing places and rest areas may not be formalised or provided.