Eagle Mountain and Shanlieve

This was the last of John's summer walks in 2013 - on 29 August. Only five walkers turned up! Where had the others gone? Perhaps exhausted by an exhilerating series of walks.

Although the tops of the mountains were claoked in cloud as we set off and the day threatened rain, it proved to be a perfect day for walking - apart from a few hungry midges who joined us for lunch and feasted on our exposed parts.

Brian, Brian, Derek, John and, of course, Brighdin set off from Attical and headed for Windy Gap. The day improved with every step and though there were one or two spots of rains they amonted to nothing and soon we were bathed in sunshine. Reaching the Batt's Wall, we had a stiff climb up to the summit but the effort was reqarded by spectacular views in every direction - among the best that I have enjoyed in the Mournes. From Scrabo, to Howth Head, Lough Neagh in the north and a hint of the Isle of Man to the east. Not content with conquering Eagle, we went on to climb Shanlieve - being so close it would have been a shame to miss the opportunity. A good time was had by all and Brighdin even got her footbath at the finish.

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