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Peter Walker
2012-10-12 17:25:08
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Back on the beaten path...MHT meeting invitat
Ladies and gents,

In the wake of the article published in the September newsletter, a meeting has been arranged between members of MountainViews and the Mourne Heritage Trust a week on Saturday (20th October); this will take place at an appropriate site in the Mournes area. This will be a chance to discuss past, present and future path works with the MHT (who are the agency carrying these works out) and other interested parties. Anyone wishing to come along should contact me via the site messaging system: the more the merrier.

Staying with the subject of path works, nice weather and a free afternoon saw me rock up in South Armagh for a leisurely ascent of Slieve Gullion this afternoon. My ambitions ran no further than a quick nip up and down by the path running up from the upper part of the Forest Drive, but on arrival at the point where this path leaves the road I was confronted with signs proclaiming that the track was undergoing 33 weeks' worth of 'upgrade' and that no pedestrians could use it at present. Curiosity got the better of me and I sallied forth anyway, but a couple of minutes of flagstones led to a working party using mechanical diggers to lay down the contents of numerous bags of...something. I didn't get close enough to find out. I turned around, went back to the car and drove a little further on, before making a pathless ascent up the slopes to the north.

What do we think of this sort of work being carried out in this instance? Is it more justifiable because this is a short(er) walk of less interest to serious walkers? Or is it another mountain being lowest common denominatored (sic) for no good reason?

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