A Personal Challenge

Every now and then I like to set myself a challenge and as I will be celebrating a ‘big’ birthday milestone next year I decided I should do something in advance of the date. The challenge I decided to undertake was to walk the Mourne wall. The wall extends circularly over 22 miles crossing 15 peaks within the Mourne mountain range. The wall was built between 1904 and 1922 to enclose the newly constructed Silent Valley reservoir. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty and although I have walked a lot in the area and completed the largest peak, namely Slieve Donard, the rest of the wall and the peaks are foreign to me.

I do think we can tend to ignore what is on our doorstep, after all people travel from all over the world to walk the wall, while those of us living close by wonder what all the fuss is about. Well I have decided it is time to find out.

As part of this process I wanted to take my time and enjoy the experience while capturing lots of photographs to use in my art. So instead of trying to complete the wall over a few days I decided to break it up into 6 walks which will cover 44 miles. I know it will be tough and I have no idea if I will be able to complete it but I am willing to try.

I will be posting updates of my journey on my facebook page @artsbynormasue and Instagram #artbynormasue so you can catch up with my progress there.