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#GetActive Outdoors Extravaganza -Slieve Gullion Forest Park Family Walk

Slieve Gullion Forest Park, Slieve Gullion Forest Park, 89 Drumintee Road Killeavy,, Newry,, County Armagh,, BT35 8SW
#GetActive Outdoors Extravaganza -Slieve Gullion Forest Park Family Walk

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This walk will be lead by the Gap of the North Walking Group (http://www.gaponorth.co.uk/) and will start at the Slieve Gullion car park. Join knowledgeable and experienced hill walkers for a guided hike on Slieve Gullion Mountain. The Gap of the North Walking Group members will lead this hike along old droving tracks. This hike will take place on open mountain with sections of boggy ground, over fences and hiking boots are essential (trainers are not sufficient).

A walk exploring the Slieve Gullion Special Area of Conservation and the Ring of Gullion Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) using forest trails and country roads.

The walk is located within the Ring of Gullion Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The AONB is an area of national landscape importance and is centred on the craggy heather covered hills of a circular ring dyke volcano that erupted over 50 million years ago. The Ring of Gullion is the most famous ring dyke in the world having featured in geological debate and theory over the past 160 years.

Slieve Gullion rising to 573m is the centrepiece of the landscape and is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) which recognises the importance of the geology and the upland heather moorland. The purples of the heather contrast with the yellow of dwarf gorse and orange of the bracken to create rich mosaics of colours which contrast with the many greens of the agricultural ladder farm landscape.

The Ring of Gullion and Slieve Gullion, in particular, have rich associations with Irish legends and myths.

Min age is 12 years of age.

Route:
The Gap of the North Walking Group members will lead this hike along old droving tracks. This hike will take place on open mountain with sections of boggy ground, over fences and hiking boots are essential (trainers are not sufficient).

Distance:
4 km

Time:
3 hours

Terrain:
open mountain with sections of boggy ground, over fences

Maps / guides:
Ring of Gullion Activity Map

Point of interest:
Slieve Gullion Mountain, Kileavy Castle

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