Stage 3 of the GR221 was a complete contrast to the epic panoramas of the previous two stages. The path took us slightly inland to see a Mallorca hidden from most: balmy, aromatic Holm Oak forest and a wonderful historic mountain village. On this stage you really start to understand why the GR221 is known as the Drystone Way......
The Mourne Mountains: 30 best hikes
30 epic walks in Northern Ireland's highest mountains.
The only Mournes guidebook with Real OSNI Maps inside (1:25k): no need to carry separate maps!
The only Mournes guidebook written by a local walker with decades of experience.
▶ Numbered waypoints linking the Real Maps to our clear descriptions
▶ Graded routes to suit all abilities
▶ Everything the hiker needs to know: route descriptions, difficulty, weather, how to get there, and more
▶ 4 different ways to summit Slieve Donard, Northern Ireland's highest peak
▶ The 21 mile Mourne Wall challenge walk
▶ List of Irish place names
▶ Information on Wildlife, Plants & Geology
▶ Game of Thrones film locations
▶ Section on accommodation
Northern Ireland: the Unmissable Walks
The definitive guidebook for walking in Northern Ireland: 36 epic walks hand-picked by a County Down local.
The only guidebook for Northern Ireland with real OSNI maps inside: this makes navigation easy.
The Causeway Coast, the Glens of Antrim, the Mourne Mountains, the Sperrins and much more.
Big Hikes in the Mourne Mountains
A collection of epic long-distance routes for walkers and runners in Northern Ireland's highest mountains, which sweep majestically down to the Irish Sea at the pretty seaside town of Newcastle.
Real OSNI Maps inside
The routes have been hand-picked and clearly written by a local walker with decades of experience.
Wild mountain terrain: beautifully long ridges, magnificent summits and vibrant heather and gorse covered slopes.
Walker's Haute Route: Chamonix to Zermatt
Real maps for each stage: 1:25,000/1:50,000. No need to carry a separate map!
Tour du Mont Blanc
Complete guidebook for planning and trekking the Tour du Mont Blanc, the world's most famous trek
Real maps for each stage: 1:25,000. No need to carry a separate map!
Unique Itinerary Planner: plan a bespoke itinerary to match your ability and vacation schedule. All difficult calculations of time, distance and altitude gain are done for you
Everything the trekker needs to know: route descriptions, costs, budget, difficulty, weather, how to get there, and more
Full accommodation listings: spectacularly situated mountain huts, villages and hamlets
Full section on camping: a complete list of camping locations
10 exciting variants to the main route!
Information for both self-guided and guided trekkers
Multi-day trekkers carry all their worldly possessions on their backs so it is not surprising that one of the most common topics of conversation is pack weight. Ultra-light backpacking is very much in vogue these days, fuelled by thru-hikers from the US on long-distance trails like the Pacific Crest Trail. The gear manufacturers are riding this trend by making some incredible kit that makes it easier and easier for us to carry less weight. Less weight means less strain on the body and this enables us to travel further and faster.
These days, on hut to hut treks (where no camping equipment is required), I can achieve a pack weight of around 5kg (excluding water). For camping treks, I now carry 7kg (excluding food and water): and that is without having to get rid of some luxuries.
I am starting the Corsica GR20 this week and will be camping all the way. I thought some of you would like to see what I will carry so I made this video.......
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