Just back from a nice day out on the hills in Carlingford. Set off around 10ish to complete the Slieve Foye Loop and generally had a good day out.
The loop walk is well signposted intially and after a tough climb the summit of Slieve Foye, I headed NNW towards Eagles Rock and the eventual descent.
Unfortunately the upper 100 meters or so of the entire mountain was shrouded in cloud and visibility went from unlimited to maybe 100-200m and back every few minutes. With some careful compass work, pacing and grabbing bearings from the surrounding countryside whenever I could see it, I made my way to the south face of the craggy peak a few hundred meters from Eagles Rock at just over 530m.
Then I set off NE to start the descent. At this stage I had not seen a single waymarker since Slieve Foye's summit and soon realised that I was in fact following the course of the Two Mile river from it's source. Stopping well short of what sounded like a waterfall and at an elevation of around 400m I began tracking SE across the mountain side to find the correct route but ultimately never did. I eventually spotted the entrace to the Forest Car Park way down below me and carefully made my way down to it. The eventual route I took was pretty much bang on the course I had expected and planned for but the entire descent was very steep and absolutely treacherous. In fact, it is a descent that I would not make again - experience in the bag thank you very much! From the bottom, I could not for the life of me see any safe route whatsoever.
So where did I go wrong? Or is the Loop really this dangerous in it's latter stages?
Just before I started down, the map with help from bearings from Rostrevor, Kilowen and Greenore seemed to show me in exactly the right place, yet there were no markers or signs of a path anywhere in my vicinity. About halfway down I saw two walkers heading to the forest car park from the South East but I never managed to catch them to ask what route they were on.
So, any ideas?
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