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 Hikes
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.
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
The Alpine walking season is rapidly approaching and, since I have spent much of the winter and spring making trekking guidebooks, I am a little out of shape. So after some serious thought, I decided that the best way to get some trekking fitness back would be to do a trek! And as it was too early for the high mountains, I decided upon the Mallorca GR221: 140km of rugged and beautiful walking. Over the next few weeks, I am going to blog about my experiences.
A last minute flight to Mallorca, and a bus ride, later, I started the trek under a cloudless sky and blazing sunshine. The first climb was tough in the heat but this is the result.....
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