Newry to Flagstaff - Ring of Gullion Way

This walk is part of the trek Ring of Guillion Way.

This is the 1rst section of the Ring of Gullion Way. It takes you from Newry to Flagstaff.
The Slieve Gullion ring dyke has long been celebrated by geologists, and this two-day walking route allows you to explore the area’s unique natural history by foot. The route begins by heading out of Newry and traversing the slopes of Fathom Mountain, the first hill encountered on the ring dyke. It follows a mixture of footpaths and country lanes as it makes its way around the ring, passing numerous historical sites along the way.

Technical sheet No. 31293161

A Newry and Mourne walk posted on 03/03/23 by Walk NI. Last update : 04/05/23
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h00 ?
Distance Distance : 8.29 km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 219 m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 22 m
Highest point Highest point : 204 m
Lowest point Lowest point : 5 m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Location Location : Newry and Mourne
Starting point Starting point : N 54.170424° / W 6.340762°
Ending point Ending point : N 54.118702° / W 6.309489°
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Start : Start in The Quays Shopping Centre overflow car park in Newry. 26 Bridge St, Newry (BT35 8QS)

(D) From the bridge over Newry Canal, cross the road (Bridge Street (A2)) towards The Quays shopping centre. Head South-West along the road signed to Dublin and the A1. Follow the pavement beside the road, climbing gradually for 2 Km.

(1) Just before the railway bridge, turn left (East) onto Flagstaff Road (A219). Ahead there are views to Fathom Mountain, your next destination.

(2) After 560 m or so, take the next lane (Brogies Road) on the right (South-West) and continue for 300 m past an old farm building.

(3) Then turn left (South-East-South) onto a ‘green road’. This starts as a muddy track, then turns into a grassy footpath that weaves between the fields. Continue along the path beside the railway and after you reach a tarmac road.

(4) Walk along Barracric Road for 200 m.

(5) Cross the railway bridge on your right to join the main road (Dublin Road). Head left (South) here for 300m.

(6) Then turn left again onto a narrow lane signed as Upper Fathom Road. Climb gently along the road, passing round the side of Fathom Mountain and enjoying good views west over the rolling countryside.

(7) After 2.5 Km the route turns left (East), switches to the eastern side of the mountain, allowing a different panorama to unfold. Beyond Carlingford Lough the clustered peaks of the Mourne Mountains decorate the skyline, with some of the highest summits in Northern Ireland on show.

(8) Once you reach a larger segment of the Flagsaff road (C219), continue Souththernly to a T-junction. Turn right then right again to reach Flagstaff view point (98 Flagstaff Rd, Newry (BT35 8GP), United Kingdom), which marks the end of the section. (A)

Waypoints :
D : km 0 - alt. 5 m - The Quays Shopping Centre
1 : km 2.11 - alt. 106 m - Flagstaff Road
2 : km 2.67 - alt. 105 m - Brogies Road
3 : km 2.94 - alt. 106 m - Green road
4 : km 3.74 - alt. 126 m - Tarmac road
5 : km 3.95 - alt. 136 m - Railway bridge
6 : km 4.35 - alt. 132 m - Upper Fathom Road
7 : km 6.53 - alt. 179 m - Junction
8 : km 7.06 - alt. 165 m - Larger segment of the Flagsaff road
A : km 8.29 - alt. 204 m - Flagstaff view point

Useful Information

Start : Start in The Quays Shopping Centre overflow car park in Newry. 26 Bridge St, Newry (BT35 8QS)

Arrival : Flagstaff view point, 98 Flagstaff Rd, Newry (BT35 8GP)

Parking : At the Quays shopping center, 26 Bridge St, Newry (BT35 8QS). Or enven so at the train station Camlough Rd, null (BT35 6JS).
Parking available also at Flastaff view point.

Terrain : Tarmac, off road tracks, forests

Public Transport : Translink

Facilities : Refreshments, shops, car parks and toilets at the start in Newry

Dog Policy : Dogs must be kept under close control

Note : If you wish, you can do several parts of this trek at once. Pay attention to the information given in each part like the duration and the elevation to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Find more information and walk ideas at Walk NI here.

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Did You Know?
Formed some 60 million years ago, the Slieve Gullion ring dyke was created by a massive volcanic explosion. The eruption obliterated the central volcano, but left a circle of hills radiating around the main caldera. The formation measures some 150km² and is considered the finest example of its type in Britain and Ireland.

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