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2011-02-27 22:04:13
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THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD TO LA LA LAND
Thinking of a stroll up the Annalong, to enjoy the unspoilt beauty? Think again. What you will see are the instruments of an unwanted, pointless and expensive exercise. A team of diggers, owned by the contractor, appointed by the Mourne Heritage Trust, run by the Environment Agency, part of something else, that swallowed the fly.
An “initiative” to repair damage – I ask you – repair damage to mountain tracks! Ah but worse - in order to polyfilla eternity, the MHT is using granite from Percy Bysshe quarry. So what is the problem?” Answer: no one asked you. No one asked if you want geography and history “repaired” and the complexion of this idyll changed forever. No one asked you if you like the rickety track the way it is; or the old quarry - our heritage. No one asked you if you could spend money better, when perhaps, like me, you know people who have neither job nor home to go to. Colour to monochrome; romantic to gothic; animate to arid.
Did it go like this? Someone with an interest makes an application; not with any real research of views. The application is dealt with by people who know little of anything other than applications. It passes the tick box test and goes up the ladder for some reason. It then goes out to consultation to bodies most of us have never heard of, but so long as they have “green” or “universe” or “sustainable” in their title. Like the “Society for Little Green Men” or the “Destruction of the Universe Army” or “The Sustainable Smog Chimneys of Chicago Group”. Never once was I or anyone I walk with, consulted. You and I are regular hillwalkers: we are out in the hills at every opportunity and in whose hostelries, eating houses and hotels we spend our money. So our opinions matter.
Did we want the ridiculous steps up Slieve Donard? No - evidenced by no one using them. Did we want an expensive tombstone stuck on the Bloody Bridge Track telling us the Mourne Wall is up the way? Pur-lease.
My dear old sparring chum maclimber (though at 49 not so old but older than I) who is involved in this…. “thing”, must know better than to try to silence debate by referring to the Heritage Trust puff. Anyone agree with me - please speak to me through the messaging service.
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Exploration of Wicklow Head from the north.
simon3 20 hours ago.
As you will immediately see from the track this was an exploration of what is possible thoroughly exploring various d... walk, Len: 6.6km, Climb: 126m, Area: Brides Hill, Wicklow Coastal Hill (Irelan

  
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Ballyguile Hill: Viewed from the south. Hope you like masts.
simon3 a day ago.
Ballyguile Hill can also be seen well from the south. Here's a view taken from near Brides Hill (a coastal hill near Wicklow Head)

  
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The Eagles Rock: A short but sweet scramble
IainT 2 days 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 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...

  
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Pic du Canigou
David-Guenot 2 days 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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Clermont Carn: Easy but a great view.
IainT 2 days 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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Ramble on Ireland's Eye
wicklore 3 days 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 3 days 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 ...

  
Forum: General
Windphone project destroyed
wicklore 3 days 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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Ireland's Eye: Screams were heard, getting fainter and fainter…
wicklore 4 days ago.
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Pic de Cagire Loop
David-Guenot 4 days 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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Carhoo Hill: Dingle Eask Tower
Collaborative entry Last edit by: aidand 4 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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