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brenno
2010-08-09 16:08:37
Matting on route between Drumgoff Wood and Ca
Tried the new access route to Lug from Drumgoff Woods - on the pass between Glenmalure and Aghavannagh - and it's far it say it opens up a relatively underused route to Lug over Corrigeslegaun and through the saddle between the South Prison and the valley which contains Kellys Lough - about 18k to Lug and back to the car park at Drumgoff. All in all, a very enjoyable route last Sunday in gorgeous weather and even more gorgeous views in very good visibility.
There seems to be concern in some quarters however about how Coillte has opened up the route through the forest to the open mountain below Carrawaystick. Coillte has installed interlocking rubbery (I don't think it is rubber though but not sure exactly what the mats are made from) mats over the wettest and muckiest sections, put up direction maps and signs to help walkers through the forest and out onto the route up to Lug. My own attitude is that we can behave in a very purist way and bemoan any "artificial" routes into the hills, and it has to be said that these mats aren't the ideal solution to providing access. Many sections have sunk into the bog, others are breaking apart - but they do it make much easier to get onto the mountain and take some of the pressure off some of the other routes up Lug which have become very eroded through over use (Cloghernagh?). My own view is that Coillte who many of us justifiably slag off for their clear felling of the forests deserve praise for this particular initiative - even though it's not perfect by any means
The alternative is boardwalks like on the Spink or on the Wicklow Way below Mullacor - but that would be a much more expensive way of providing access. Any views on this among the MV commuinity
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