Carlingford
Group poses at Carlingford.

Fortified town house and Slieve Foye at Carlingford. We started off our walk in the car park beside the Tourist Information Office where we split up into two groups. I walked with the more energetic bunch and achieved my long-held ambition of climbing Slieve Foye - often looked at from Warrenpoint on the opposite side of Carlingford Lough but never previously climbed, although I had a most enjoyable climb up to the summit of its neighbour, Barnavave, last year.

Walking single file up the lane to Golyin Pass. We followed the waymarks of the Tain Way through the town, past the Dominican Priory on our left, thought to have been founded by Richard de Burgh in 1305. The remains consist of a nave and chancel church divided by a tower with some fragments of the domestic range to the south. We then turned right up a narrow lane until we reached the open hillside. From here, we walked along the track which leads up to The Golyin Pass which once served as a trading route. To our left we could see the minor summit of Barnavave where a couple of gorse fires were burning while the Tain Way continued straight on down the other side of the ridge. To reach the summit of Foye, we swung right and follow the ridge on up the mountain, stopping near the summit for a well-earned rest and much-needed refreshment. The summit is adorned by a trig point but the photograph below suggests that it might have been a sand castle built by Doug.

In the car park at Carlingford after the walk. Although it was a little misty, the view from the summit of Slieve Foye was stunning. We looked down on Carlingford harbour and the Lough with the slopes of the Mourne Mountains clearly visible in the distance. Out to the right, the Lough meets the Irish Sea where Greenore Point reaches out towards Greencastle on the other side.

From the summit, we descended down to the forest on a open ground which was very steep and slippy in places - an area probably best avoided after periods of rain. We stopped briefly to talk to a farmer repairing a gate on the path and observed some butterflies on the descent to Carlingford. But an even more welcome sight was the village hostlery where copious amounts of tea and other beverages were consumed after the walk.

Lunchtime on Slieve Foye
Lunchtime near summit
of Slieve Foye.
Hide and Seek
Millie plays hide
and seek
Summit of Slieve Foye
Doug finishes off
his sandcastle!
Betty tests sand castle
Betty gives sand castle
a thorough test.