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CaptainVertigo
2006-03-28 23:53:40
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JOY OF MAN'S DESIRING
Mr. Dick Roche TD, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, today (21 March 2006) announced a significant new land acquisition for Wicklow Mountains National Park at Luggala.

The area in question is 648.3 hectares (1,602 acres) and is roughly the same size as the Phoenix Park in Dublin. This significant acquisition brings the total area of Wicklow Mountains National Park to some 17,650 hectares. This important purchase links the two previously separated main blocks of Wicklow Mountains National Park giving a continuous area of National Park land along the spine of the Wicklow Mountains from the Feather Beds on the Dublin Border to Baravore, just short of Lugnaquilla Mountain.

The newly acquired land runs from the Sally Gap and is bordered by the Military Road (R115) on the east and the Carrigvore-Gravale Ridge on the west. Please see attached Map:(http://www.environ.ie/DOEI/doeipub.nsf/0/f2551de2422e6da98025713800522818/$FILE/WMNP.pdf)

The lands are also part of the Wicklow Uplands proposed Special Area of Conservation, which is an area of European importance for habitats and species under the EU Habitats Directive. The lands contain a mixture of Blanket Bog, Wet Heath and Dry Heath habitats. This area is important for many bird species including Merlin, Peregrine Falcon and Grouse.

This acquisition consolidates existing public access to the area, which includes the ridge from Sally Gap to Mullagcleevaun via Carrigvore, Gravale and Duff Hill, which is very popular with hill walkers. (Dept. of Environment Press Release)
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Slieve Foye: Irish Gabbro!
IainT 6 days 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...

  
Summit Comment
Illanmaster: Watching Over.
sandman 21 hours ago.
This hill watches over Illanmaster Island and although its summit is nothing of note its cliffs are fantastic. As described previously this can be part of a coastal walk or for direct accent park ...

  
Track
Mweelrea Mt via Ben Lugmore
marzka 22 hours ago.
A very nice walk with amazing views and small bit of scrambling which can be avoided.Dificulty: Medium- ascending via... walk, Len: 13.4km, Climb: 1111m, Area: Ben Lugmore East Top, Mweelrea Mountain

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Corraduff Hill: Coastal Hill
sandman a day ago.
Corraduff Hill as seen from the Benwee Loop Walk.

  
Track
Bencorrbeg - Binn an Choire and Binn Dubh
marzka 22 hours ago.
Very nice walk with a bit of scrambling.And this GPS track involve that mentioned part of scrambling - but if you want... walk, Len: 10.4km, Climb: 944m, Area: Bencorrbeg, Twelve Bens (Ireland) Benco

  
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Benwee NE Head: Coastal Hill
sandman a day ago.
It is easy to reach the area i took the photo from just a slight detour off the Benwee Loop Walk F8220244947 it is the next bit that the problem arises. Definitely an Ian Miller summit.

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Teermoyle and Been Hill
marzka 22 hours ago.
Very nice walk with goregous views.Dificulty: Medium- a bit wet terrain, mostly grassy- some small part of walk on th... walk, Len: 13.2km, Climb: 843m, Area: Keamconneragh, Glenbeigh Horseshoe (Irel

  
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Doonvinalla W Top: Coastal Hill
sandman a day ago.
The Stags of Broad Haven just one of the fantastic photo opportunities from this summit which is easily accessed from the Benwee Loop Walk the easy option from the pier at Portacloy F8395844259.

  
Track
Mangerton via Stoompa and Horses Glen
marzka 23 hours ago.
Lovely walk with stunning views.Dificulty: Medim- wet terrain as crossing the Owgariff river- very steepy descending w... walk, Len: 13.6km, Climb: 673m, Area: Stoompa, Mangerton (Ireland) Stoompa, M

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Doonvinalla E Top: Coastal Hill
sandman 2 days ago.
Easy access from the pier at Portacloy F8395844259 follow the Benwee Loop walk and branch off where appropriate . The photo shows views across towards Benwee Head in the background .

  
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Carrauntoohil via central guy and dawn via oshea-gully WINTER WALK
marzka 23 hours ago.
This is a winter climb, therefore the winter equipment is needed and extra time should be added while planning that r... walk, Len: 10.6km, Climb: 779m, Area: Carrauntoohil, MacGillycuddy's Reeks (Ir

  
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Doonvinalla N Top: Coastal Hill
sandman 2 days ago.
Looking across to Doonvinalla N Top from E Top i decided it was above my pay grade to attempt the summit climb today . But to the right of the photo a route to the top seemingly exists so another ...


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