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Bleck Cra
2005-02-28 00:21:16
Hello Michael. Suggest you refer to gerrym, contributor to mountainviews who is in bed with the Sperrins to the same carnal extent as I am with Mournes. I kind of think once you have his sort of handle on them, they will come good for you. For myself, their endless nothingness spooks me and three lashes at them has done me with them for good. The towns along their Southern edge are however (what do you think Gerry ….) interesting …. and a good place for a political discussion - or perhaps not. I would go with gerrym ref Goles route, where you can make the most of things (excuse my weariness). The best way I should describe the Sperrins is that they are truly beautiful, from the ground.
Michael McA
2005-02-26 00:58:06
Can anyone recommend any good walks in the Sperrins?

A group of friends intend to get together in a couple of weeks for a walk up there and although I’ve done plenty of walks in the Mournes I’ve done next to nothing in the Spirrens. The others would be of reasonable fitness but not much walking experience, so a walk of no more than about 4 hours would be intended.
Bleck Cra
2005-02-24 18:21:47
Hello conor od. Try Coill Beithe, Caragh Lake, Killorglin.
County Kerry.
Tel: 353 (0)66 9769908
Email: info@irelandluxuryholidays.com.

Brand new B&B - very very good. English but well, it's a new world. Think her Da's from there or thereabouts. Very keen to please, beautiful crisp new rooms, also do fine food, fab quiet location, not dear - starting to sound like a brochure. Check them out on the net. Something like 10/15-ish mins from the hills, near the famous Climber's Inn. Good fishing also and endless pubs in Killorglin down the road. Need more info - get Simon to give you my email.
conor od
2005-02-24 14:44:45
Can anybody recomend a good place to stay for 4 oulfellas about to climb Carrauntohil ?
Bleck Cra
2005-02-23 18:34:58
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On Chimney Rock last Saturday, I noticed she had turned into a hare - and other than a goat or two, my first sighting of an indigenous quadruped on the Mournes in my 10 odd years exploring them. Strange, but the Mournes are quite devoid of serious fauna (pick and mix syntax?). At a fairly confident estimate across the whole range (above the treeline) I doubt if there thrives more than 16 pairs of ravens, 6 pairs of skylarks, 6 pairs of buzzards, a couple of pairs of other raptors, 4 pairs of big songbirds. No grouse, no deer, no hare (until last Saturday). In fact I think there’s more going on in the Gobi desert. Somebody tell me what this is about please. Herself was notable by her summer coat worn in a winter blizzard. A see-it-believe-it measure of warming winters. Pic shows raven roost within - Pot of Pulgarve.
corr
2005-02-22 22:57:18
As a significant amount of the land that you will be walking on during your average hillwalk in Ireland probably belongs to some farmer, it would be advisable to keep your dog on a lead. Farmers do have the right to shoot any unleashed dog on their lands in order to protect their sheep.
Bleck Cra
2005-02-21 22:11:50
Reference SDillmore query ......... Take the dog Ess: everyone else does, increasingly and arguably to extremes. It can be quite amusing watching a Doberman sucking the innards out of a Yorkie or better still mistaking a Jack Russell for one. The issue with the dog in these parts, is the sheep - now it is arguable which has more rights: the poodle or the blackface. If the creature is biddable and understands “no”, meaning very sore ribs, there are no restrictions, other than on Batts land amongst the Hilltown Mournes where Batt clearly specifies no mutts - although I have seen a bloke with 3 Boxers loose on Slievemoughanmore. I suspect it might be bad to take a dog into the Sperrins, in that it is generally bad just to be in the Sperrins. I have 2 personal motley views on the matter: first that dogs and hills go together but second that this only applies to trained beasts and must exclude coiffured stars on extendable leads. You should have no trouble until Rover bites a sheep, whereupon you will be knee deep in it.
SDillmore
2005-02-17 18:17:20
Hey all. Being new to hillwalking here (I was born and raised in the U.S.), I was curious as to what the general policy was involving taking a dog along during walking, as the bulk of it is on private land. I haven't seen anything to forbid it, but I figured I should get some opinions from those in the know.

Thanks,
William
simon3
2005-01-30 21:19:13
"A wisp of the Mournes." from simon3 Expand pics
A wisp of the Mournes. (Expand pics)
One cold January day this was the view of Slieve Donard (850m, right) and Slieve Commedagh (767m) in the Mourne Mountains. It was taken from Butter Mountain in the Wicklow Mountains, some 112 km south. The line of sight goes directly across Dublin city and later Dundalk Bay. At first when we saw this, it seemed like a curiously shaped cloud. Haze completely obscures the other Mournes so these two summits with a light winter dusting float surreally in space.
djouce
2004-12-24 12:35:52
Maybe This could be used as a noticeboard. NW


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