Book Review: ‘The Mournes Walks’ by Paddy Dillon

If you are planning on doing any walking in the Mournes this year, then this quite simply is the book for you. As well as being a stunning and beautiful mountain range combinging rugged coast with high mountains, the Mournes are a remarkably compact group and provide easy access on all sides. I have to start this piece by saying that I have a soft spot for the Mournes. Indeed, Slieve Donard was the first mountain I climbed and it was in the Mournes that my love for the mountains was born. Subsequent visits to the Mournes were made with the assistance of the first revision of ‘The Mournes Walks’.

In the newly revised and updated version, Paddy Dillon presents a wide range of walks in his usual accessible and thorough style. The book presents a total of 32 walks, ranging from easy forest walks and nature trails to suit the family through to high-level strenuous walks. It is very apparent that Dillon has spent a great deal of time exploring the range and has given due consideration to each and every walk selected. In doing so, he has chosen a lovely set of walks which act as an excellent guide to the Mournes. Each walk is graded and it’s details are presented in a clear and comprehensive manner.

The book also includes a number of quite challenging walks, among them a step-by-step guide to the superb Mourne Wall Walk and I would highly recommend that anyone attempting this walk get hold of a copy of the book. Other routes of note covered in the book are the old smuggling route of The Brandy Pad, the stunning Spelga Dam and Silent Valley Circuits and the Mourne Coastal Path.

Highly recommended.

You can buy ‘The Mournes Walks’ online at: http://www.obrien.ie/Series.cfm?SeriesID=11

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