Hill & Dale Recce


The perfect way to get to know the open-mountain Hill & Dale routes before race day with an experienced mountain-running guide.

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The Hill and Dale Series is a series of trail and mountain races held mid-week in April, May and June. Organised by the Newcastle Athletic Club, it is a brilliant way to explore the Mournes and its nearby forests with a group of fellow mountain runners. 

Many of the race routes are not marked, some are on open mountain, so recces are an important part of preparing for these events. Throughout spring 2020, Happy Out Adventures are holding recce runs for those looking to get to know the route.

As an added bonus, you can bring your own map and compass to self-navigate, with your guide pointing out key features along the way to make sure you’re always going in the right direction. 

Routes include (TBC once 2020 calendar is released):
  • Slieve Martin
  • Binnian
  • Rocky
  • Lukes
  • Millstone
  • Loughshannagh
  • Meels

Meeting Location: Forestry Office at the entrance of Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor. 

Time: 10am – 12pm (approx).

What to Wear and Bring Along

  • Harveys Mourne Mountains 1:25000 map – if you don’t have the Harveys version, don’t worry. We’ve some spare copies you can borrow.
  • Compass – make sure it doesn’t have a bubble!
  • Bring along your Fell Running Association (FRA) mountain running kit – fell-running shoes, whistle, waterproof coat with hood, waterproof trousers, hat and gloves in a bumbag are a minimum for the mountain section.

If the date doesn’t suit, don’t worry… just get in contact and we can arrange to run a recce on a day and time that suits you best!

Please note that, so that we can get everyone’s medical and emergency contact details, only one course place can be purchased at a time i.e. If you are buying two course places, you’ll have to make two separate payments. We apologise for the inconvenience but want to make sure we’re all safe and sound out there!


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