Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Slieve Muck

Trig Point on Slieve Muck

Date First Walked: July 19th 2009
Range: Mourne Mountains
Mapsheet: 29
Distance: ????
Classification: Dillon, Hewitt, Marilyn
Height: 674 metres
County: Down
My Dillon Count: 5

Slieve Muck or ‘the mountain of the pigs’ to take its Irish name can be approached in a number of ways. The easiest method of climbing the mountain is along Batt’s wall from Deers Meadow. The alternative route up Muck along the Mourne Wall from Bann’s Road is quite challenging but makes for a more rewarding walk. Muck can be linked with a number of nearby summits, one suggestion is to include it in a circuit of Spelga Dam to make for a good day’s walking. It is also part of the classic Mourne Wall Walk.

If you are just tackling Muck to bag another ‘Dillon’, park at Deers Meadow and follow the lesser known Batts Wall which offers a guide all the way to the summit where it meets with the Mourne Wall. As you climb the slopes of Muck, there are superb views down onto Spelga Dam. To the right of where the two walls converge is a trig pillar marking the summit proper and offering views across to the Upper Mournes in one direction and across to the Cooley Mountains and Carlingford Lough in the other.

Jason climbing Slieve Muck

Jason climbing Slieve Muck from the road at Deers Meadow

Spelga Dam from the Slopes of Muck
Spelga Dam from the slopes of Slieve Muck

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