'Slieve Donard','Mourne' Wall - Ireland

'Slieve Donard','Mourne' Wall - Ireland

Walking up from the 'Bloody Bridge' to the 'Brandy Pad' following an old smugglers track you come to the 'Mourne Wall' - 22 miles of dry stone wall which runs over 11 mountains. Hand built many years ago by hundreds of skilled wall makers to keep animals and people out as the land inside the wall was maintained and managed by the 'Water Authorities'.

On average it stands at a height of 6 feet or more and approx 3 feet wide. 

It is so well built 'fell' runners run along the top of it without fear of it falling below them. Wooden Steps have now been installed to facilitate hill/mountain walkers however, as can be seen in this photo the wall builders already considered ways of climbing over these walls - by placing larger stones as steps into the wall itself as they built it making life easier. the wall took many years to complete and dry stone wall makers have all but died out - those men who still build dry stone walls in this area are few and far between - but still in big demand.

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