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Take on Northern Ireland’s highest peak which summits at 850 metres above sea level

Led by an experienced mountain guide, Peter Rafferty from Walk the Mournes, take on the challenge of conquering Slieve Donard to raise vital funds for the cats and kittens in our care.

Join our group of cat-lovers for a safe and supportive experience as you climb Northern Ireland's highest peak. You'll be achieving something amazing and you might even make some new friends along the way!

Sponsorship options:

  • Full fundraising - pay a £25 registration fee and commit to raising a minimum of £150.
  • Self-funded - pay a £55 registration fee and this covers the cost of your trek plus a contribution to Cats Protection.

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We'll be with you every step of the way from sign up to the summit!

You're able to nominate a local Cats Protection branch or centre to receive the vital funds you raise and we'll provide full support and ideas to help you exceed your sponsorship commitment.

You'll get a branded yellow trekking top to wear and you can also join our Facebook group to connect with other cat-loving trekkers!

Prefer a virtual challenge this year? Check out our Virtual Slieve Donard Climb.

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Meet at Donard car park Newcastle Co.Down at 9am with a view to returning to the start point by 4pm at the latest. The car park postcode is BT33 0HL, this is a free car park.

We start our climb from Donard car park and ascend Slieve Donard via the Glen River route; we will descend by the same route to return to our start location.

The route will take between 2.5-3.5 hours to ascend, and roughly 3 hours to descend. The hike is a 6-mile round trip but because we are starting at sea level, it is a climb the whole way. It is physically demanding, so you will need to have a reasonable level of fitness and be suitably equipped.

Each participant must complete a booking form/kit list in advance; this will be emailed to you one month before the trek.

We will be led by guide Peter Rafferty owner of Walkthemournes who is a qualified Mountain Leader and a Level 2 Tour Guide. Download Walk the Mournes COVID-19 'Good to go' certificate here 

Download the full itinerary and kit list here

Please read our Event Covid-19 Participant Guidelines before taking part in the event. 


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Please read our Event Covid-19 Participant Guidelines before taking part in the event. 

Download Walk the Mournes COVID-19 'Good to go' certificate here

What is the minimum age I can take part?

Minimum age to take part is 14+. Please get in touch if you are under 18.

What if the weather is poor?

The event will only be cancelled/postponed if severe or dangerous weather is forecast, it is likely that the weather will be cold and there is always a high probability of rain in the mountains, everyone will need to have the required kit as described in the booking form/kit list.

Is accommodation included?

No, accommodation is not covered; you will need to ensure you can arrive at Donard car park Newcastle Co.Down at 9am on the date of your challenge. 

Are there toilets?

Yes, there are toilets at the car park before we set off However, none along the route so you will need to be prepared to go out in the wild. Please do bring biodegradable bags to put any toilet paper into.

Is there a café?

There is a café adjacent to the carpark but we cannot be sure it will be open, there is no café or shop along the route so make sure you have a packed lunch and sufficient water as it is not recommended to drink from the mountain

How many miles will we be walking?

You will be covering 6 miles in total.

Where can I fill up my bottle of water?

You will need to make sure you have sufficient water at the start (at least 3 ltrs) as it is not recommended to drink from the mountain streams.

Do I need to bring food and how much?

Please bring a packed lunch, snacks, energy bars and sweets to keep you going.

What kit do I need to bring?

A recommended kit list is under 'itinerary above'

Can I bring my dog?

Unfortunately as much as we love dogs, they are not allowed to take part in this particular challenge.  

Is there anything else I need to know?

On all of our treks we adhere to the countryside code

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