An Expedition in the Mournes

An Expedition in the Mournes

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Mournes, Mournes Mountains, Slieve Donard, Spelga, The Mournes





11min 42sec





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A group of men, women and child explore the Mourne Mountains. They go rock-climbing, map-reading and have a picnic, before going back to the Youth Hostel and having a sing-song in front of the fire. Up again the next day, after a solid breakfast, they have more adventures in the mountains. Beautiful footage of the Mournes and surrounding countryside.


An unidentified group of people go on a walking expedition of the Mourne Mountains in Co Down. They are staying at a youth hostel possibly near Spelga.They cross the Trassey River and in the film we can see Hare’s Gap, Beragh, Meelmore and Meelbeg.  There are also views of the surrounding countryside, including Murlough Bay.

The Mourne Mountains are the highest and most dramatic

mountain range in Northern Ireland, its summits crowned by granite tors. The

mountains themselves are criss-crossed by an unrivalled network of paths and


The area was voted the ‘Best Walking Destination’ in

Northern Ireland in WalkNI’s inaugural awards. The routes providie enthusiastic

walkers with incredible opportunities for exploration.The Mournes are divided into 2 very distinctive areas – the

Eastern or ‘High’ Mournes and the Western or ‘Low’ Mournes. Any newcomer to the

Mournes will be simply amazed at the variety of landscapes that can be

encountered within such a confined geographical area.


An Ulster Television Production



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