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tgormley
2007-04-20 16:51:52
Bikes & All
There is a problem about access to the hills and it seems to get worse as the amount of wilderness decreases while the number of people trying to enjoy it in various ways multiplies.

I always feel ambivalent when I see bicycles; horsey types tell me they hate to see walkers; farmers don't seem to want anyone on the hills who can't pay by the yard; and we all hate quads. And if all of us keep destroying the more obviously habitable parts of the planet, some landowner is sure to put an auctioneer's sign on Tom Milligan's "rebel's cave" or the lee side of one of padodes' erratics before long.

Whatever about potential interference with rights to private property, the uplands are in need of management and, in fairness, the people with the most immediate responsibility for that management are the people who get the most profit and pleasure out of the resource.

Whether we ride horses or bikes or go by shanks' mare (I draw the line at quads but I'm taking counselling for it) we need to get together with those who make a living on the uplands and see to their maintenance. As David Herman points out, a good deal of taxpayers' money has gone into supporting farming communities, particularly near wilderness areas; their appreciation is due in the form of access for all; but this should not have to include cleaning up after leisure users, whether by picking up our litter, restoring damaged fences or trying to reclaim land destroyed by boots and wheels.


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A Long Walk to Conigar
CaptainVertigo 17 hours ago.
walk, Len: 27.1km, Climb: 1095m, Area: Coomataggart, Shehy/Knockboy (Ireland) C...

  
Summit Comment
Slievecoiltia: Will explore next time.
Corkonian a day ago.
There is a drive to the top. Busy place. Good views from the top.

  
Forum: General
Benbulben Caves
40Shades a day ago.
Does anyone have any grid refs for caves in or around Benbulben in Co Sligo ? I know of the one on the left as you ascend the gully from Luke's Bridge but I hear of one in or about Cartronwilliamo...

Summit Comment
Lacken Hill: Great views. Good spot.
Corkonian a day ago.
Good spot and a good place to walk. Final part of the climb to the top is a bit of a challenge. Spectacular wide ranging views from the hill top. Also historical monuments on the hill top. Underst...

  
Track
Cycle around Ballinastoe etc.
simon3 20 hours ago.
A cycling track. run, Len: 29.5km, Climb: 399m, Area: Robber's Pass Hill, Dublin/Wicklow (Irelan...

  
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Maumfin: Cattle might be a problem
eamonoc 2 days ago.
On 20/4/2017, at 07.4am drove to L 65405 59318, at area noted as Tievegariff on OS sheet 37. Parked opposite old abandoned cottage, went through gate and onto a well made farm tack uphill to two o...

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Cnoc na Sleá: Sunset At The Murder Hole
Aidy 4 days ago.
In my main summit comment I mentioned the steep northern sides of both Crocknasleigh and Gortnalughuge that I had descended to get to the Murder Hole at Boyeeghter Bay for sunset. This photo shows...

  
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Cnoc na Sleá: Not To Be Judged On Size
Aidy 4 days ago.
A small hill, but as it can form part of an extended walk, has some very steep sides, and has some of the best views in the country, it cannot be judged by size alone. I started at the car park at...

  
Forum: General
GPS Device Found
GSheehy 2 weeks ago.
GPS Unit found in the Maumturks . Contact 086/8449239 for details.

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Knockalla: Try To Walk The Whole Ridge
Aidy 4 days ago.
I started at C247 336 and followed the good quality track up to the loughs in the centre of the ridge, then headed south west to the summit. The views there are stunning, taking in the sea channel...

  
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Tonelagee: Great views from the summit
jasonmac 5 days ago.
Only recently joined up as part of a personal challenge to get out and start hiking.Had a great walk in the late afternoon of Easter Monday from Glenmacnass waterfall area O1123 0303 B, crossed th...

  
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Mullagh More: A spectacular landscape
Damian120 5 days ago.
The trails are well marked out, I ended up doing the Blue Trail on a fine Easter Monday. This landscape seems to defy nature and hiking the Blue Trail this phenomenon is experienced every step of ...


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