The Mournes Walks
|Publisher||The O'Brien Press|
|ISBN||ISBN-10: 0 86278 652 5 (First Edition)
ISBN-13: 978 1 84717 141 2 (Second Edition)
This book was first mooted by The O'Brien Press at a dinner following the launch of 'The Complete Ulster Way'. Once a contract was in place and time was allocated for the route research, the actual walking routes were checked over a period of three weeks.
The Mountains of Mourne are a remarkably compact group and access is easy on all sides, so it was simply a case of choosing three separate bases and walking day after day until a comprehensive selection of routes had been checked. Local District Councils showed a great deal of interest during the period of research, with some access officers even walking with the author.
The book contains 32 walks, from easy nature trails and forest trails to high-level mountain walks, including the mighty Mourne Wall walk. As the routes are confined within the Mourne AONB, there are a few walks out towards Slieve Croob. The book includes a four-day breakdown of the Mourne Trail, which is an integral part of the Ulster Way.
In a review in Irish Mountain Log, Chris Avison said, "Paddy Dillon has chosen lovely walks which would be very hard to discover without his guide. The book is well presented and excellent value." In a review in TGO (The Great Outdoors) magazine, Ronald Turnbull said, "The Mournes have been looked at very closely indeed. The 32 routes, which also cover Slieve Croob and some low-level stuff, are comprehensive, clear and useful... You'll want to go to Ireland right now."
The Independent newspaper listed The Mournes Walks first in a feature titled "The 10 Best Walking Guides".
|Walk 1||Warrenpoint and Rostrevor|
|Walk 2||Slieve Martin and Knockshee|
|Walk 3||Slieve Roe from Knockbarragh|
|Walk 4||Slieve Roosley from Leitrim Lodge|
|Walk 5||Tievedockaragh and Rocky Mountain|
|Walk 6||Hen, Cock, Pigeon and Eagle Mountain|
|Walk 7||Eagle Mountain and Finlieve|
|Walk 8||Slievemoughanmore from Attical|
|Walk 9||Slieve Muck and Pigeon Rock Mountain|
|Walk 10||The Spelga Dam Circuit|
|Walk 11||The Silent Valley Circuit|
|Walk 12||Slieve Binnian from the Annalong Valley|
|Walk 13||Annalong Valley and Rocky Mountain|
|Walk 14||Chimney Rock Mountain|
|Walk 15||The Mourne Coastal Path|
|Walk 16||The Brandy Pad from East to West|
|Walk 17||Slieve Meelbeg and Slieve Meelmore|
|Walk 18||Slieve Bearnagh from Trassey|
|Walk 19||Slieve Commedagh from Trassey|
|Walk 20||Slieve Commedagh from Newcastle|
|Walk 21||Slieve Donard from Newcastle|
|Walk 22||Tollymore Forest Park|
|Walk 23||Murlough National Nature Reserve|
|Walk 24||The Castlewellan Loanans|
|Walk 25||Castlewellan Forest Park|
|Walk 26||The Windy Gap and Legananny|
|Walk 27||Slieve Croob from Finnis|
|Walk 28||The Mourne Wall Walk|
|Walk 29||Mourne Trail - Newry to Rostrevor|
|Walk 30||Mourne Trail - Rostrevor to Deer's Meadow|
|Walk 31||Mourne Trail - Deer's Meadow to Newcastle|
|Walk 32||Mourne Trail - Newcastle to Clough|