Slieve Donard May 2012 Bloody Bridge 30/05/2012

Kissing Gate The Kissing Gate at the start of the Bloody Bridge walk
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Kissing Gate
The Kissing Gate at the start of the Bloody Bridge walk
Kites Kites, kestrels, eagles...whatever
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Kites
Kites, kestrels, eagles...whatever
Track Start of the track, fairly easy going at this point
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Track
Start of the track, fairly easy going at this point
River Walk Pleasant walk alongside the river
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River Walk
Pleasant walk alongside the river
Milestone Kilometer stone (milestone sounds better!)
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Milestone
Kilometer stone (milestone sounds better!)
Backwards glance A quick look back towards the car park
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Backwards glance
A quick look back towards the car park
Sea View There was a nice cooling breeze coming off the sea
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Sea View
There was a nice cooling breeze coming off the sea
The Road Ahead Please follow the road ahead, unless otherwise instructed
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The Road Ahead
Please follow the road ahead, unless otherwise instructed
Ascent Gravel track leads upwards to the quarry
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Ascent
Gravel track leads upwards to the quarry
Quarry The quarry is the halfway point in terms of distance, but not in terms of time
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Quarry
The quarry is the halfway point in terms of distance, but not in terms of time
The mountain Leaving the quarry we start to head up the mountain
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The mountain
Leaving the quarry we start to head up the mountain
The Bog Of Donard This area, just above the quarry, can be very mushy when it rains
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The Bog Of Donard
This area, just above the quarry, can be very mushy when it rains
The Wall The Mourne Wall comes into view
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The Wall
The Mourne Wall comes into view
Nearly There Arrival at the wall...next comes the hard bit
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Nearly There
Arrival at the wall...next comes the hard bit
Inner Mournes View of The Inner Mournes from the wall
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Inner Mournes
View of The Inner Mournes from the wall
Mountain view Sorry, no map handy, don't know its name
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Mountain view
Sorry, no map handy, don't know its name
Walk This Way The Mourne Wall can be walked in several directions
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Walk This Way
The Mourne Wall can be walked in several directions
Donard Cloud The ascent of Slieve Donard from the wall at the top of Bloody Bridge River is significantly steeper than from Glen river
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Donard Cloud
The ascent of Slieve Donard from the wall at the top of Bloody Bridge River is significantly steeper than from Glen river
More Mountains Lots of lovely scenery...bring your camera
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More Mountains
Lots of lovely scenery...bring your camera
Lucky people The couple in this photo had made it to the top and were on their way back down
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Lucky people
The couple in this photo had made it to the top and were on their way back down