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Bleck Cra
2005-05-29 20:03:18
"Et Voila" from Bleck Cra Expand pics
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There is a swathe of County Down, frame of granite, sand and glacial alluvium, covered gossamer-light by a patchwork counterpane of sensual experiences of unnerving proportions. At its head, it is tucked into the soaring horseshoe wall of mountains from Binnian to Rocky; at its foot, into a sometime soft-breath reverie, sometime roaring nightmare of the Irish Sea. It is a true machair and it is so pretty, it makes your heart ache. It completely out-chocolates chocolate-box and reduces “picture-postcard” to paper and ink. At the Carrick Little track, it strafes stone walls and knowes with paintball yellows of whin and in Autumn blood-reds and greens of ripe rowan. At the Dunnywater it sprouts armsful of red and pink fuschia. From corners and bankings haughty hydrangeas hang heavy with electric blue blossom. And a symphony fills the senses with counterpoints of blazing colour, sound and smell. A series of switch-straight lanes bind bees and gnats, songbirds and sparrowhawks from the Carricks and Silent Valley to the sea and at every step, another hearth and honeysuckle home, herded by heaven-scented yellow roses, fiery crocosmia and manicured fairyland lawns. There is heaven on earth and just a little bit of it comes our way every day of every year here at the foot of Mother Mournes. In mid-summer when you descend by Annalong through this tableau, ‘round a stone corner you will look up and have to catch your breath - and you will remember airless cars taking you home from a favourite Aunt’s or packing up the picnic pieces in a setting sun or the empty silence after a Birthday party and plead “ Mum Mum just one more minute….” One way to catch this show is exit the Annalong Valley at the wall off Binnian - et voila.


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The Eagles Rock: A short but sweet scramble
IainT 2 hours ago.
One of the few Irish summits that needs the use of hands by the easiest route. Those happy with exposure can get a good airy scramble (grade 2, pushing 3 maybe), by slanting left up an obvious ram...

  
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Slieve Foye: Irish Gabbro!
IainT 2 hours ago.
Gabbro is one of the roughest and most frictiony rocks around and is superb for scrambling on, as all visitors to the Skye Cuiilin across the water know. I never realised until yesterday that Slie...

  
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Clermont Carn: Easy but a great view.
IainT 3 hours ago.
If you drive up the road this has to be a contender for the easiest summit in Ireland, but it's well worth doing for the superb view. Wicklow to Donegal, with the Meath lowlands spread out like a ...

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Pic du Canigou
David-Guenot 6 hours ago.
Ascending Catalogna's sacred mountain from the hamlet of Los Masos de Vallmanya, on well-marked trails, with two breaks walk, Len: 24.8km, Climb: 1853m, Area: France, Occitanie ()

  
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Windphone project destroyed
wicklore 20 hours ago.
The Wind Phone art project in the Dublin Mountains has been destroyed http://jrnl.ie/3547797 . It appears to be a strong statement by those against the idea

  
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Ramble on Ireland's Eye
wicklore a day ago.
A short walk on Ireland's Eye in September 2015. Original plan to visit earlier in the summer was thwarted by a huge f... walk, Len: 2.6km, Climb: 80m, Area: Ireland's Eye, Dublin Islands (Ireland) I

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Seanadh Bhéara: Access
sandman a day ago.
To answer the query raised by TommyV for at the time to facilitate parking on a narrow road and not wishing to park on the N59 i parked beside the farm yard with a view to access the hill via the ...

  
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Pic de Cagire Loop
David-Guenot a day ago.
A great loop walk in one of my favourite areas in the Pyrenees, which should have hardly taken more than 4h30 hadn't I m walk, Len: 11.8km, Climb: 892m, Area: France, Occitanie ()

  
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Ireland's Eye: Screams were heard, getting fainter and fainter…
wicklore a day ago.
Ireland's Eye is situated about 1.5kms north of Howth Harbour. In Celtic times it was called Eria’s Island and then Erin’s Island. The Norse called it Erin’s Ey and this became Ireland’s Eye. (Ey ...

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Carhoo Hill: Dingle Eask Tower
Collaborative entry Last edit by: aidand 2 days ago.
This is a modest climb, but with wonderful views. Take the road out of Dingle towards Ventry. After about a mile turn left at a sign marked 'Hanlon's handbags'. There is a parking area with a hut ...

  
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Seanadh Bhéara: Access Issues
TommyV 2 days ago.
I was bagging a few hills in the South Connemara on Saturday 12th August. Shannavara was to be my 4th hill of the day. I followed bryanmccabe's directions and met the landowner who was out and abo...

  
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Benbeg to Cuilcagh
dmcdevitt 2 days ago.
GPS was not accurate during the walk. learn't a lesson not to use your phone app to track your walk but overall it is ac walk, Len: 8.7km, Climb: 447m, Area: Benbeg, Breifne (Ireland) Benbeg


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