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Bleck Cra
2006-04-03 19:15:01
A New View in Belfast
‘bout ye Michael McA. Divis and them’uns? Now available to you and me, courtesy of The National Trust and other heroes. See www.belfasthills.org. Not least amongst the historic things happening “up (th)’ere”, is the presentation of these novelties to the public: gates, roads, parking spots; the lot. We found ourselves yesterday drawn irresistibly up on to their broad shoulders. Just for a wee dander. Study a 1to50 and you may ask “The Belfast Hills, why?” 1to25 and still no answer. A low flying aeriel shot - no real clues. But visit and the reasons are there, suddenly there, appearing from behind soft, mossy horizons. The views across Belfast to the sea, panning the beautiful Lagan Valley, spotlighting Croob and the dramatic Mournes, to vast Lough Neagh and the strange Sperrins, are nothing short of stunning. I expect that with some vis from atop these bleak items, you will be able to get the whole of NI, the whole unexpected expanse of the thing, on one frame. What New Management has brought, is a Spring Clean and a fabulous network of mat-tracks opening up otherwise inaccessible terrain - terrain from which I envisage emerges a panoply of floral and faunal wonders. Melancholy with the skeletons of ancient fairy thorn hedges, the dead bones of neolithic stoneworks, television and army masts - but kind of magic. Very open and exposed and kin to the Western Border hills of Scotland. There is vehicular access virtually to the tops, so you can do them at a stroll. Myself, I mean to contrive some tough routes from ground level up through the city and shall report back. Find the Upper Springfield Road out of West Belfast and follow your nose and’ ‘ere’s Divis mynt’n National Trust Carpark. Expect little but be mesmerised.


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Robber's Pass Hill: Minor heathery lump. Overcivilised and underwhelming.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 2 days ago.
This oddly named hill is more a very minor heathery bump incorporated into the system of tracks laid out by the Wicklow Mountains National Park. It can be reached from any of the western car-parks...

  
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Farbreague: from Arderin
ewen 4 days ago.
Walked to Farbreague from Arderin. There is a track that some kind soul has marked with sticks and ribbon. When I say track, it is really a worn down trough in the bog.The multicoloured pipe at th...

  
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Tonelagee: Fore!!!
ewen 5 days ago.
Did from the Wicklow gap car park following track 2378.This starts immediately opposite the top entrance to the car park next to the main road. 5 days before there had been snow but now the path w...

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Brandon Hill: Grand on Brandon!
MountainBoy 5 days ago.
Me and my Dad climbed this from the farm track off the Graiguenamanagh-Instioge road on 26/11/16. Right after we got out of the car, we were faced with the dilemma of whether to go straight ahead ...

  
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Slieve Binnian - more track work ?
gernee 4 days ago.
Revisited Slieve Binnian for the first time in years on Friday - frost underfoot, blue skies and rolling mist contributed to a great walk, despite disappointment at seeing some of the track work u...

  
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ewen
ewen 4 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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Croaghmoyle: Easy walk up to great views
Fergal Meath 5 days ago.
Low lying cloud/mist/fog discouraged me from putting the effort into going up Nephin today. On the way home I parked at the start of the Croaghmoyle service road and followed it past a wind turbin...

  
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Ben of Howth: Loop walk starting from Howth Harbour
Joshua3 5 days ago.
There is a nice loop walking signposted from Howth Harbour taking in the cliff path, summit and going close to the top of the Ben. The Black Linn walk is about 8 km and comfortably completed in un...

  
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Binnian-Lamagan Loop
David-Guenot a week ago.
walk, Len: 23.1km, Climb: 1364m, Area: Wee Binnian, Mourne Mountains (Ireland) ...

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Carrigroe: Sea of cloud
Kennyj 5 days ago.
Unusual low cloud today heading towards Carrigroe

  
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Spelga Loop
David-Guenot a week ago.
walk, Len: 12.7km, Climb: 739m, Area: Pigeon Rock Mountain, Mourne Mountains (I...

  
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Stags of Broadhaven (central): Climbing
IainMiller a week ago.
The Archipelago of the Stags of Broadhaven are a group of five steep rock islands with Teach Dónal ÓCléirigh rising to a height of 97m above the atlantic. The Stags live about 2.5km north of the c...


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