Members of Cedars Walkers Group look pleased to have emerged from the clouds near the top of Slievemeen (472m) after a difficult ascent (without oxygen) from base camp at Kilbroney Car Park. When the mist lifted, the view down over Carlingford Lough was superb and included the Ross Monument, a massive granite obilisk erected to commemorate Major General Robert Ross, born at Carrickbawn, now Rostrevor House (see left).

happy hikers
Happy Walkers

Photographed on the viewpoint above Rostrevor, just below Cloughmore (the big stone), Paddy can't help smiling as he recalls this was the very spot where he stole his first kiss from his bride-to-be. The ladies behind him seem happy too but weren't for telling what they are smiling about - perhaps it was just because this was another great day out.

Paddy's first kiss!
Very Happy Walker

Well known Lurgan pixie and sometime Walking Group Leader, Gordon, presents his case for the top job this Christmas, on top of the Kilbroney Christmas Tree. "I may not be a fairy but I'm up to the task" said Gordon. But, we all ask, "Is the tree?"

Pixie bids for top Christmas job
Pixie bids for top job at Christmas.

Kiwi climber and 2nd cousin to Ann T., Robert Anderson descends from Slievemeen in the footsteps of his trusty Sherpa, Doug. Robert generously left his walking poles for others to make use of after he departed. Thanks to everyone for making Robert and Gloria so welcome.

Descent from Slievemeen
New Zealand climber spotted in Mournes

Intrepid hikers size up tree for felling as they take their well earned lunch break on the banks of Yellow Water River, Rostrevor after an arduous cross country trek. Many thanks to Anne Keville for this and other great photographs - space and time do not permit me to include more.

Lumber Jills
Pass me the chain saw.

Major General Robert Ross

Major General Robert Ross Commemorated by the Ross Monument on the Warrenpoint Road, Rostrevor, Ross was known as the victor of Blandensburg during the American War of 1812 - the British victory resulted in the capture of the capital, Washington, where the White House was sacked and burned down. Ross was killed two years later during the advance on Baltimore. His fame is commemorated not only on this massive Egyptian-style obilisk but also on the monument erected on his grave in Halifax, Nova-Scotia.

Ross didn't give his name to Rostrevor - apparently it was named after Rose, youngest daughter of Sir Marmaduke Whitchurch who married Trevor, Viscount Dungannon during the reign of Queen Elizabeth. The name Rostrevor first occurs in 1618. During the 16th century the settlement had been called Castle Rory or Castle Roe, named after Rory Magennis who built a stronghold on Carlingford Lough but in the early 1600s the Magennis lands around Rostrevor fell into the hands of the Trevors. The Trevors built their own castle which was later pulled down by the Rosses who acquired much of the estate in the early 18th century.

sunrise at warrenpoint

Finally, due to heavy demand coupled with a little laziness on my part, I thought I would again share this beautiful sunrise captured at Warrenpoint the day after our walk at Kilbroney!

"The early bird catches the worm!"