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simon3
2017-03-02 09:54:53
Official Scottish Approach to Access.
The following email was reproduced on the trigpointing uk group and gives an idea to how access discussions work in Scotland ...

My name is Jolyon Gritten, I am the Access Manager for Argyll & Bute Council charged with trying to ensure that the Council meets its duties under the Land Reform Scotland Act 2003 to protect and assert the public’s rights of responsible access to land and water.

I am currently involved with an issue at Beinn Tart a' Mhill on Islay - Argyll & Bute. At both locations the landowner has been telling members of the public not to walk on their land and persuading them to walk elsewhere. I am trying to gather information about the land owner’s behaviour and encourage people to report incidents so that if necessary I can take further action.

I would be grateful if you could post the following message on the relevant pages of your website;

Beinn Tart a'Mhuill - http://trigpointing.uk/trig/1240 “

"A number of contributors have noted that they were discouraged from accessing this hill by a land manager in the area. Land managers may ask the public to avoid an area of land or take a different route to allow them to manage the land or to protect their safety i.e. when felling trees or gathering livestock, however the request must be reasonable.
Members of the public have a duty to act responsibly when exercising their access rights, you can find more information about your rights and responsibilities here -http://www.outdooraccess-scotland.com/

If you encounter anyone who tries to stop you from exercising your rights of access, and you believe that their request is unreasonable you should report the incident to the relevant Access Authority. In Argyll & Bute call Jolyon Gritten the Access Manager on 01546 604 314 or email Jolyon.Gritten@argyll-bute.gov.uk. If you feel that the incident was threatening or you were intimidated you should contact Police Scotland on 101 and make a formal report, requesting an Incident No.. Always avoid confrontation even if you feel that the land manager is in the wrong, after all you can always enjoy a walk elsewhere.

For information on reporting incidents elsewhere in Scotland the Mountaineering Council of Scotland has a useful webpage.
https://www.mountaineering.scot/campaigns/safeguarding-access/access-challenges

Jolyon Gritten
Access Manager
Argyll & Bute Council “
mcrtchly
2017-02-24 14:11:29
"Blue hour in Lofoten, Norway" from mcrtchly Expand pics
Blue hour in Lofoten, Norway (Expand pics)
Feeling Blue
This is one of the most famous mountain views in Norway of the fishing village of Hamnřy, Lofoten islands with Fellshelltinden mountain (428m) in the background. The rust red cottages are old fishing huts called rorbuer and were traditionally painted this colour with fish blood mixed with cod liver oil.

This photograph was taken about 40 minutes after sunset during the blue hour and I wanted to capture the contrast between the coolness of the mid-winter landscape and the warmth emanating from the windows of the rorbuer.
simon3
2017-02-21 10:16:28
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Peter Walker in between making jokes. (Expand pics)
MountainViews Gathering 2017
The event on Feb 17, 2017 had Peter Walker as MC with two main speakers.
Gareth McCormack spoke about the vision and technicalities of modern landscape photography.
Paul Clements discussed the Wild Atlantic Way and how it had changed in 25 years.
Some 90 people attended. As an innovation this year we had printed copies of the MountainViews ANNUAL which duly sold out.
Thanks as always to the ever helpful Lansdowne Hotel.
Geo
2017-02-20 19:26:43
Tick/Lyme Disease Awareness
Don't be a tick - Check out this article and be mindful of yourselves out there
http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/lyme-disease-a-tiny-tick-can-pack-a-huge-punch-1.2964241

I have been bitten myself by a little critter that I picked up on the Bray to Greystones cliff path of all unlikely places
Luckily the bite was on my arm and I saw it soon enough to have it removed easily by one of my walking companions but if you can get bitten here along the coast and within spitting distance of the capital then we really need to keep an eye on things especially when we go rural and wild as we so often do
brenno
2017-02-17 12:45:50
Walker's €40k claim against NPWS overturned i
Great news from High Court as that €40k ruling in favour of that walker who tripped on the Wicklow Way boardwalk near the JB Malone memorial overturned in High Court. We can all toast Judge White at the gathering tonight. Link below tto ruling

http://www.rte.ie/news/2017/0217/853394-teresa-wall-hillwalker-appeal/
Aidy
2017-02-16 12:35:32
Reforestation row in Scotland
An interesting brewing row in Scotland where Mountaineering Scotland have allied themselves with The Scottish Gamekeepers Association in concerns about reforestation.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/feb/15/scottish-governments-forestry-strategy-called-into-question

In fairness to Mountaineering Scotland, after a backlash from their members, they have clarified their position saying they are not against forestation, just widespread commercial forestry with species such as sitka spruce, but would be in favour of native species. They also want to a see a strategic approach.

https://www.mountaineering.scot/news/clarification-on-joint-press-release-with-sga

From the comments in the original Guardian article, most walkers and climbers seem to be fully in favour of reforestation so long as it is native species and not planted in regimented blocks. There have also been suggestions that the tree line in Scotland would naturally leave the summits bare in most cases anyway. A quick google search wasn't successful in finding a clear answer on the tree line altitude in Ireland, although it seems that there are too many variables to actually give a clear answer.

Possibly a debate that we'll have in Ireland too at some point. I'd guess that if native species were used, it was not so dense as to make access difficult, and some views were maintained, most hill walkers would be in favour.
Onzy
2017-02-14 14:47:26
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Remember this Friday - Mountain Gathering
With two main speakers, Paul Clements and Gareth McCormack, and some 20 people receiving awards, it promises to be the best 'Gathering' yet. Join us this Friday, 8pm, in the Lansdowne Arms. All are welcome.
Onzy
2017-02-03 10:50:44
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The Gathering - 2 weeks to go....
With only 2 weeks to go to the Hillwalking Event of the year ... a sneak preview of the running order...
prairiecomm
2017-01-28 13:11:51
mullaghmor
yes, I believe you are correct. thanks!
conormcbandon
2017-01-27 20:38:14
I'd imagine that's Mullaghmore??
There's a car park, well a defined parking area on the side of the road. A lake/maybe a turlough on the way to the base of the hill and it's very karst. Can't remember about the clockwise etc


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Inishmeane: The concrete road thru the village
magicstep 8 hours ago.
Part of the village, about 10 houses in total.

  
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Inishmeane: Not much to do, a tranquil place.
magicstep 8 hours ago.
Visited in 2014. There's a sandy beach and a solid pier with slipway and a picnic table facing the mainland. The road from the pier all the way thru the village is a robust concrete one, but it's ...

  
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Inishsirrer: Deserted village
magicstep 10 hours ago.
Mainland on the horizon (left and right)

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Inishsirrer: The only building that is not a ruin.
magicstep 11 hours ago.
Surprisingly Donegal islands have a very good mobile internet reception, sometimes better than in an office in Dublin.

  
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Inishsirrer: Part of a road from the past
magicstep 11 hours ago.
There's a salty tidal lake on the island.

  
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Inishsirrer: Uninhabited except a few sheep.
magicstep a day ago.
I did kayak to the island in 2014. There is a slipway facing the mainland. Lot's of ruined houses. Walking is decent as the island is flat but in places ground is uneven and overgrown, there are o...

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Knockroe: OMG - I forget to check the MV page!
Pepe 2 days ago.
Decided to make a day out of a Dublin-Waterford drive, despite low-hanging cloud. Knockroe wore a misty white cap as I glanced up from the Sculloge Gap carpark. Planning my attack (so I thought), ...

  
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ewen
ewen 2 days ago.
Now living furth of Scotland and getting to know the Irish hills. If you come across a Scottish hill Walker with dodgy knees and walking sedately, stop and say hello.

  
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Bleantasour Mountain: A boggy but short ascent route
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 3 days ago.
Go to the forest entrance at S22452 09704. there is room here for a few cars.Walk down the forest track, crossing a ford and follow the track until you can see open ground.Walk south along the edg...

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A handy way up two western Monavulaghs.
simon3 3 days ago.
Easy access to the ridge.Improved RouteUsing the hard won experience of others and new forest roads we found a relati... walk, Len: 6.5km, Climb: 263m, Area: Bleantasour Mountain, Comeragh Mountains

  
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Milk Hill: Carry on bagging
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 3 days ago.
Go to the forest entrance at S22452 09704. there is room here for a few cars.Walk down the forest track, crossing a ford and follow the track until you can see open ground.Walk uphill to the summi...

  
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Seefin: Fine day spoilt by Scramblers
ewen 3 days ago.
Started at the Coillte gate at 068145 where there is parking for 2 cars. I then followed the forest road around until the first turn off to the left. This takes you along to the fire break/path at...


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