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This is Slieve Croob, the highest peak of the Dromara Hills in County Down and the source of the River Lagan which starts there as a little spring and then makes it’s 40 mile journey mostly along the border of County Down and County Antrim to Belfast where it flows into the sea at Belfast Lough.

On one of our days out this week my Hb and I decided to take a walk up Slieve Croob to once again (we’ve been before) find the source of the Lagan and to enjoy the wonderful view from the top.

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This is as far as you get on four wheels from this point onwards it’s on foot.

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Lots of mums and babies on the way up!

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There’s always a little black one, isn’t there! 🙂

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And here we are at the top!!

Now where does the River Lagan start??

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Is it this little spring?

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Or maybe this one?

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This is a good one, maybe this is it!!

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Truth is I’m not sure which one is the actual start of the river but they all seem to make their way to this channel which is most definitely the beginnings of the River Lagan.

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You can the river channel zig-zag it’s way down the valley on the start of its journey.

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Being up Slieve Croob is not just about finding the start of the river though, the views are stunning! On the day we were up last week it was a bit hazy, so my photos are not as clear as I would have liked them to be. On a really clear day you can see the whole of the County Down coast from Belfast right down to the Mountains of Mourne.

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This view is looking south towards the Mountains of Mourne, the peak on the left is Slieve Donard, Northern Ireland’s highest peak, I’ve been up there too and the view from there isn’t at all as good as it is from Slieve Croob.

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This is looking out towards the centre of the province and towards Lough Neagh, which can’t really be seen very clearly at all because of the haze. I live over there!!!

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This view is looking out over Belfast, where the river eventually ends up!

We were also up the mountains in the distance in this photo this week too but we were in the cloud for most of the time and the photos weren’t great but we plan to go back there on a lovely sunny clear day in the summer because the view over the city is amazing.

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More woolly friends on the way down again!

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And evidence that they were there, in case we didn’t spot them!!!

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So a lovely day out, good exercise, lungs full of fresh air and wonderful views even though we’re still not quite sure where the River Lagan actually starts! 🙂

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ali April 26, 2014 - 11:21 pm

one place Ive never been………..lovely photos!

Chrissie Crafts April 27, 2014 - 8:12 am

Gorgeous! I’m fascinated by those little springs, popping up out of nowhere, that transform into a big river! Lovely photos despite the cloud – I love the woolly sheep, the piles of rock – I wonder how many people have ventured there over the centuries? Chrissie x

Amanda April 27, 2014 - 9:07 am

What a great place, just love being out in the fresh air..nice weather too.

Elizabeth April 27, 2014 - 10:43 am

Wonderful Vivienne I feel we have been walking up Slieve Croob with you. Pictures bring back memories ,I used to live near the mountains of Mourn. The lambs are so white lovely to see. Thank you for sharing your life with us. Elizabeth x x .

Patty April 27, 2014 - 11:10 am

HI V, wow the countryside is stunning and what a brilliant view it opens up when you get to the top. Surprised you didn’t gather some wool up there which the sheep had kindly left you on the fences!! Have a good week xx

Anne D.T. April 27, 2014 - 5:05 pm

Dear Vivienne, What a wonderful hike and views. Love the rocks and sheep. I’ve heard of Slieve League but not Croob. I’m glad you could have an outing with your hb.
Happy new week soon….
Anne D.T. xxx
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Helen Philipps April 27, 2014 - 6:23 pm

What a lovely place to walk, Vivienne! Loved the landscape and sheep….yes there is always a little black one! I also love the beautiful names of these places…..they sound so poetic. Wishing you a happy week ahead.
Helen xox

Jane April 27, 2014 - 6:35 pm

I really enjoyed your visit Vivienne, thanks for taking us along ;0) What an unusual name for the area, when I first saw the title of your blog post I thought it was a typo….LOL! There is always one black sheep isn’t there. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous countryside and I’m glad you had some time exploring. Enjoy your Sunday evening my dear, it’s quite damp and dull here. We have just poured a sherry ;0) xx

Simone April 27, 2014 - 6:52 pm

Such beautiful views and a joy to see the sheep too! You do live in a wonderful part of the World Vivienne. x

Susan April 27, 2014 - 10:36 pm

Well, you had me puzzled Vivienne when I saw the title of your post!
Such a beautiful place and your photos are stunning of your walk….I love the gorgeous sheep pics too and yes…there is always a little black one!
Wishing you a happy new week,
Susan x

leon10 April 28, 2014 - 8:53 am

lovely photos of north ireland love the hills and the sheep lovely stream river lagan I known an irish folksong but i dont now if this songs is about the river or over an irish man or young men my langan love its called ? have a nice day leon10

ginaferrari April 28, 2014 - 9:11 am

What a beautiful part of the world!

Mia April 28, 2014 - 7:20 pm

Hello Vivienne,

Beautiful views, such different from us here! Your pictures are so pretty, and those sheep – we should have known that a yarn-lover never travels too far from the wool 😉

Wishing you a wonderful last days of April, I think we’re really ready for May?!

Yours,
Mia

helen April 28, 2014 - 8:32 pm

hi vivienne
lovely photos, sometimes it is easy to forget how beautiful our own country is.

By the way, spotted the 2 little black bunnies again last night at Moira roundabout

Jill April 29, 2014 - 9:34 am

What a lovely post, Vivienne. It looks like a beautiful, peaceful place, with amazing views.
The little black lambs are always my favourite. xxx

knitsofacto April 29, 2014 - 9:30 pm

I’ve been up on the moors this afternoon … it’s the size of the sky up there that I love … just like in your photos here 🙂

Susana April 30, 2014 - 3:35 pm

Hola, que fotos tan bonitas y que paisaje, me gusta mucho pasear por el campo y descubrir nuevos sitios.
besos

thelinencat & rockcottageyear May 9, 2014 - 12:40 pm

This is my kind of walk V, with hills and a view, and sheep! non of this crossing roads and motorways every five minutes and trying to avoid the dog muck (ha ha, can you tell how much I dislike walking in Kent) I hope to replicate it next week, knowing my luck with horizontal rain but then a well earned glass of wine at the end 🙂 Bethx

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