Hare's Gap looking back
There is country as wild as this back in Borders but not as beautiful. The image is looking back from the Hare's Gap along the three mile track from the Trassey River car park. Through the Gap and hading south the Brandy Pad heads along the 1500 foot contour around Commedagh and Donard to the sea at the Bloody Bridge. Brandy = brandy, as in VSOP and Pad equals path. This was the smugglers route from the beach to the other side of the mountains where the loot was spirited (no pun intended) away having avoided the attentions of HM Excise. Not a walk for a wet and windy day-if you get blown off the Brandy Pad, its a long way down and although the Mountain Rescue guys are only a mobile call away their services do not come cheap. Under the new Country (Mourne Mountain) Code the main provisions are:
(a) Plenty of protective clothing (b) look at Metcheck before you set off,
(c) make sure your mobile is fully charged and your GPS properly calibrated (d) Ensure your will is up to date and (e) Bring your credit cards to show the Helicopter crewman before he winches you up.
And have a Good Day