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2009-05-08 21:41:10
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Mourne Novitiates.
Spring ’09. Leaving Newcastle, followed the Bryansford Road, B180, out toward Hilltown approx 3.5km until came to a small fork left off the road. The fork runs almost parallel with the B180 for a little. All for the alternative, but of no advantage, we passed the Trassey Track car park and made our way to the Meelmore Lodge, further along the road. Once parked, we turned left down a narrow stone-walled lane off the car park proper. Following this yellow furze road, heady with gorse aroma, we crossed a little bridge, travelled more lane, then through a gate out into open bog. Trees as rare as hen’s teeth here, birds fly low at viciously stealth-like-oblique angles, into and out of the gorse, making open bog a comfort. Skirting the sheep pens off to the left, one of us headed for the track and the other across the bog, bee like to begin with, and then rather waspish, as the terrain proves swampish and ugly going. Fording the Trassy river, a couple of times, we met with Speilic, or Spellack, (Splintery Rock) a spur off Meelmore, looming high and sheer over our right shoulder. Speilic’s bare rock face is badly scarred, once raised by the magnificent upheaval of earth plates; her tenacious granite was cracked and splintered by contraction as the great ice sheets scored across her over the millennia. Half way down her great stand, residual soil sits like a skirt hugging her girth, the earth still claiming hold, after the force upward. Small rocks and stones mimic river ‘flow’ down her drapes and folds. Once past Speilic, our track split, one fork branching to the right and the other decidedly forward. Frogspawn, frog, and frog-froth littered the wet gullies either side of the fork. The area teemed with the squirming mass making the drier path upwards a welcome escape. About 200m up Hare’s Gap’s 400m height, we turned to take in the vista below. Down’s Lough Island Reavey Resevoir glistened in the far distance, with as much of the world again spreading off into the beyond. It is spring but weather feigns a late May. Continuing our climb up Hare, the tedium of indecisive track or path, irritates, so eager to reach the top, Graham Preskett’s ‘Chevalier de Sangreal’ strikes up in the ‘inner’ ear, (the charismatic Jackill having the monopoly on ‘ten green bottles’) with each advancing step, until finally through the wall via the simplest of gates, the climatic overture, into another world. All in all, our only troubles north that Spring day, small kamikaze birds and incubating footprints filled with one eyed globules, and truth be told, we have that, south.
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Inishsirrer: Uninhabited except a few sheep.
magicstep an hour 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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ewen
ewen a day 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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Knockroe: OMG - I forget to check the MV page!
Pepe a day 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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Bleantasour Mountain: A boggy but short ascent route
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 a day 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 a day 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 a day 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 2 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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Local 97
marymac 3 days ago.
An abstract Artist, Charles Shaw, said "Real happiness consists in not what we actually accomplish, but what we think we accomplish." I moved house. So my Local 100 changed. The new list includes ...

  
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Gortrumnagh: Drive or Walk
sandman 2 days ago.
The gravel track at L6133851903 will bring you up to the second quarry workings allowing you to park at L6213651955 and enter the open hillside via a gate just inside the quarry to the left. No si...

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Hacha Grande by following my nose.
jackill 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 11.5km, Climb: 636m, Area: Spain, Canary Islands ()

  
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Derrylahan: Coastal Hill
sandman 2 days ago.
As this hill is located in a field covered in gorse bushes the easiest access is via the adjacent land owner. Parking at L6670259115 i was fortunate to bump in to the farmer whose farm yard is loc...

  
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Ballynew: Coastal Hill
sandman 2 days ago.
Park at L6231659377 opposite a very modern designed house and follow the non tared track and as it turns right go straight up hill thru an old overgrown trail still used by some cattle on there ow...


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