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pdtempan
2007-09-06 11:51:53
"The Devil
The Devil's Coachroad on Slieve Beg, Co. Down (Expand pics)
Devil's Coachroad
The Devil's Coachroad is a scree-strewn gully on Slieve Beg in the Mourne Mountains. Satanic names are common in mountain landscapes and are usually of a humorous or ironic nature. Often it is possible to imagine the story that might have prompted the name just from the name itself and a knowledge of the topography. In the case of the Devil's Coachroad, it no doubt comes from the infeasibility of driving any vehicle up this exhausting scree-slope. The Devil is well provided for in the mountains of Ireland. He has a punchbowl on Mangerton, a ladder and a looking glass below Carrauntoohil, and there is the Devil's Bit near Templemore in Co. Tipperary. He even has his mammy on hand in Connacht (The Devilís Mother). I wonder does he go home to her at weekends with a big bag of washing? Britain also has a share of diabolical paraphernalia. In Snowdonia the Prince of Darkness does his own cooking in the Devilís Kitchen below the Glyders. Further south in Wales, near Aberystwyth, is Devilís Bridge, noted for the spectacular waterfalls. The Devilís Chair is the summit of the Stiperstones in Shropshire, while the Devilís Elbow was a bend (now straightened) at the summit of the road through the Cairngorms from Braemar to Glen Shee. Scotland is particularly rich in such associations: here you can find the Devilís Cauldron, the Devilís Beeftub, the Devilís Thrashing Floor and the Devilís Barn Door, to name but a few. See Peter Drummond's "Scottish Hill and Mountain Names", now re-published as "Scottish Hill Names: Their Origin and Meaning". Perhaps the most bizarre of these fiendish names lies outside Europe altogether. On the salt flats of Death Valley in California is a rough, ankle-twisting terrain resembling a giant rockery. It is appropriately named the Devilís Golf Course. Paul
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Ballyknockan Duo
Bunsen7 7 hours ago.
Park in the car park of the pub beside the disused petrol pump in the centre of Ballyknockan. With your back to the pu... walk, Len: 8.5km, Climb: 542m, Area: Silsean, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Silsea

  
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Truskmore: The Height of Sligo
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3, Peter Walker 7 hours ago.
The Dartry Mountains are among the most distinctive in Ireland, so it's unfortunate that their highest hill is one of the least distinctive in the range. Once one gets away from the signature stee...

  
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Truskmore: ACCESS PROBLEM at CLOONTYPRUGHLISH IG788 476
eflanaga 19 hours ago.
Earlier today I accompanied a friend, who is completing the County Tops, to climb onto Truskmore. Having previously summited from the Glencar and Tievebaun sides I suggested we go up by Eagles Roc...

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Irish hill runners and the Spine Race
IainT 23 hours ago.
The Spine Race is a 268 mile run up the Pennine Way in the north of England, run every January, invariably featuring snowdrifts, gales and many miles of sucking bog, much of it run in the dark. It...

  
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Cadair Idris Circuit
Onzy a day ago.
Route over Cadair Idris with a number of extensions. This descent is far from intuitive, largely untracked and involv... walk, Len: 14.7km, Climb: 1086m, Area: Craig Lwyd, Dolgellau to Machynlleth (B

  
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Slieve Binnian: New developments
Mrswoodlands a day ago.
Climbed Binnion from the Carrick Little car park yesterday. We went up the Mourne wall as described by other contributers. While hugging the wall, as described, we noted a clear track not previous...

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Seefin Mountain E Top: Up the old bog road.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: melohara 4 days ago.
Car park space at R66276 16811. Over or around the gate and head uphill on a good track that crosses the hill near the summit.On the crest of the hill the summit cairn is over a wall to your right...

  
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Snowdon: Nantlle Ridge
Onzy a day ago.
Nantlle Ridge route. Few blips in track - distance is about 20k, ascent 1,250 and time 7.30. walk, Len: 15.6km, Climb: 837m, Area: Y Garn, Snowdonia (Britain) Y Garn, Mynyd...

  
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Seefin Mountain W Top: Bog and rough ground.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: melohara 4 days ago.
Car park space at R66276 16811. Over or around the gate and head uphill on a good track that crosses the hill near the summit of Seefin Mountain East top.Follow the track on downhill from the cres...

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Seefin South-East Top: Seefin South East Top is easily visited
Collaborative entry Last edit by: melohara 4 days ago.
Seefin South East Top is easily visited from the track leading to Seefin Mountain East Top and Seefin Mountain West Top which starts st R66276 16811. Just follow the track to R65202 17892 from whe...

  
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Central Dingle Quartet from Anascaul
Bunsen7 3 days ago.
Follow the track from Anascaul lake car park northwards up onto the mountain plateau.Track leads northwards from lake... walk, Len: 15.8km, Climb: 949m, Area: Stradbally Mountain, Central Dingle (Ire

  
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Carnaween: The visitors book box near the summit
Aidy a week ago.
Just wanted to show the brilliantly constructed little box which contains the visitors book. It was too wet and windy on my visit to take it out and risk ruining it. A few shafts of light breaking...


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