Mourne Wall Challenge Walk, Mourne Mountains, Newcastle, Co. Down, Northern Ireland

  • Author:ActiveME
  • Created: March 13, 2013
  • Updated: December 12, 2017
Location: Down
  • DistanceInstructions
  • Distance41.20 km
  • Time0 s
  • Speed0.0 km/h
  • Min altitude101 m
  • Peak828 m
  • Climb2388 m
  • Descent2391 m

Length: 30km Difficulty: Strenuous. The Mourne Wall Challenge Walk is an amazing but strenuous 9 hour (30km) walking route which follows this famous wall over the Mourne Mountains in Co. Down, Northern Ireland. An organised charity event takes place each year in July.

Mourne Wall Challenge, Mourne Mountains, Newcastle, Down, Northern Ireland, cc.bishib70 ActiveMe

The wall stretches over 15 peaks of the Mourne Mountains and will take you to arguably some of the most beautiful views in Ireland. This walking challenge may be completed over one day or two. The wall forms a circle which is met at the half way point by the campsite at Meelmore Lodge. The walk climbs Northern Irelands highest and most beautiful mountain, Slieve Donard and en route you will take in stunning views of the County Down coastline and further afield.

Mourne Wall on the slopes of Slieve Donard

The Mourne Wall was a major feat of construction, built between 1904 and 1922 to enclose a catchment area for the water reservoir serving Belfast City. It is a dry stone wall with an average height of 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in) high and thickness of nearly 1m (3ft). Bar the employment it created at the time, the wall itself is considered pointless. It passes over fifteen mountains (listed clockwise from the Kilkeel River):

There are plenty of other routes to suit beginners to advanced walkers in the area, so please find a route that is right for you or your group. Plan your walk by checking the weather, sunrise sunset times and our hiking checklist on our website Please remember that you are only as fast as the slowest member of your group! It is also better completed after a spell of dry weather and allow plenty of time.

Use our Map of Ireland and Sat Nav tool to get directions to the start point and our detailed maps and GPS on our free ActiveME iPhone App and Android App to find and follow the walking route live on screen and keep on track. At all times, our maps and App should be used in conjunction with proper map and compass navigation techniques. Feel free to send us your photos and add you own star rating, comments or suggestions below.