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dhmiriam
2012-09-17 00:10:21
Middle Ground 2
A document, devised since 1466, ĎMending our Ways, the quality approach to managing upland pathsí, drafted by the English, Welsh and Scots indicates worry. Worry about intrusive path work in the uplands, worryabout more remote or wilder locations and how obviously unacceptable, engineered paths are in such areas,concern about deliberately facilitating access, about uniformity of construction of pathways, (sic) e.g. steps. It claims upland path management a failure when work remains a visible scar, when it diminishes the userís experience of the uplands, and when it fails to control erosion or protect the landscape. Itís a lot to worry about.
I wonder, in time, will we need theme parks constructed to illustrate erosion, or the mark of a footprint in the wild, eager to escape to the blossomy bosom of a darksome burn, given by then we may have packaged everything in civility. One day, pulling a foot free from the murky mire said to have expelled us in the first place, (when we hardly had a leg to stand on) may be no more. The squelchy joy of release only just drowning out the myriad opportunistic minutiae vying in the new holes we leave behind us, and may they make a better job of it than us. Once upon a time when tracking a lost calf on the wilderness that was our farm, I disturbed a clutch of corncrake, frightening the wits out of them. Reclamation (ironic?) cured all that, in one fell extensive swoop. Add in the pesticides and artificial manure and we were done with the mushrooms. Mea culpa. Itís that adjective, extensive, that should have us doe-eyed in its headlights, and after that facilitation, for where she has not facilitated us, nature will yet survive somewhere unpaved, and unabridged.


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Summit Summary
Seefin Mountain E Top: Up the old bog road.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: melohara, paddyhillsbagger, jackill a few minutes ago.
Car park space at R66279 16814 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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Seefin Mountain W Top: Bog and rough ground.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: melohara, paddyhillsbagger, jackill less than an hour ago.
Car park space at R66200 16800. 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 less than an hour 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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GSheehy 2 days ago.
An early start had me on Crohan West at 08:00. It was a glorious morning. This is what Bowie meant by ?serious moonli... walk, Len: 45.8km, Climb: 1968m, Area: Crohan West, Knockmealdown Mountains (I

  
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Onzy 2 days ago.
Always a great night ... all welcome.

  
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Carnaween: Bad Weather Adding Drama To Great Views
Aidy 3 days ago.
I used the commonly taken route from Disert Graveyard (worth a visit in its own right) over ground that was alternatively boggy or pretty steep. It was freezing cold in these parts, with a strong ...

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Corrin: A family stroll.
David-Guenot a week ago.
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davsheen 2 weeks ago.
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Carnaween: The visitors book box near the summit
Aidy 3 days ago.
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Binn Charrach: The peat-hag capital of Connemara
markwallace 2 weeks ago.
The descent from Benbaun to the R344 via Knockpasheemore/Binn Charrach is hard going after a day in the Bens. The Knockpasheemore ridge looks nice and flat from below, but is boggy, undulating and...

  
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Ridge of Capard: My Slieve Bloom Climb 27-11-2016
ShaunDunne 2 weeks ago.
I climbed the Ridge of Cappard on the 27-11-2016 with my Granddad.It was a fun day, but was cold and windy at the top.


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