The Hennessey Brandy Pad Walk
A new walk for the Fiddlers Green Festival and the first one we have done in the High Mournes. Starting beside the sea in Bloody Bridge near Newcastle, this is the route taken by brandy smugglers over the centuries to avoid the excise man. It takes a steep climb up to the Mourne Wall at the Bog of Donard and then levels out to a wonderful soft meandering path just below many of the Mourne High Peaks, past the Castles with great views of Ben Crom reservoir and the Devil’s Coachroad. We cross the Wall again at the Hare’s Gap and then continue down along the Trassey Track to finish up at Meelmore Lodge where we will catch a bus home. Definitely bring a camera.
4 hours | Distance 11 km | Highest Point 550 m | Moderate to difficult ability