This was another of John's summer walks in 2013 and a great day despite, or perhaps because of, the heat!
What a difference a week makes!
Only 7 days after our successful ascent of cool and cloudy Cuilcagh, Northern Ireland was the hottest place in the UK on 11 July 2013. Despite the blazing sun and blistering heat John T., Derek and Pat completed an epic 10.6km loop walk in the Mournes. We up to the summit of three peaks - Slieve Loughshannagh, Meelbeg, Meelmore - plus Spellack where a spur from Meelmore was long ago sliced off by the action of glaciers that flowed through the Hare's Gap - it now provides a perfect environment for rock climbers. Once or twice we took to walking on top of the Mourne Wall to capture the cooling breeze blowing up from the Silent Valley.
Kathleen, Betty and John M. "chilled out" on the slopes of Spellack before descending to Meelmore Lodge for some welcome glasses of iced water while John T. Derek and Pat lasted the full course, valiantly returning to the Ott car park via Fofanny to pick up the cars. Everyone got back together again at Meelmore Lodge where much drink was taken - water that is.
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