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2007-11-18 13:18:42
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Bringing dead wood to life
Thanks simon and dhmiriam for answers to my query regarding forests (“Dead Wood”). They have gone some way towards reconciling me with their rather impenetrable presence. I have no problem with our deciduous forests, except, of course, that there are too few of them. I’m also very willing to accept that our coniferous forests are home to many a contented colony of creepy-crawlies and that the pines themselves prefer to socialise rather than stand aloof in splendid isolation. I would simply make the point that, here in Ireland, we seem to have ended up with a particularly dense and hermetic kind of commercial forestry. Going back to Sweden again, one of the favourite pastimes there is being able to “springa i skogen”: to run in the woods. In fact, when the Swedes invented orienteering, one of the motives that inspired the development of the sport was the desire to put their forest environment to greater use as an amenity. (Another was the desire to remedy a declining interest in athlethics.) Can you imagine cross-country, off-trail running through a Coillte-managed forest? My dream pine forest would be something like an extension of the one in the photo – a stand of pines by Carrigshouk, at the head of Glenmacnass in Wicklow. There is one thing that I will be ever grateful to Coillte for, nonetheless, and it is the undisputed access their forests give to the uplands. In a country like our own, where land ownership has been problematical for centuries and is often treated as an absolute right of the individual to the exclusive personal use of land without reference to the common good, the ease of access through Coillte forests is as close as we may ever get to the Swedish “allemansrätt”, the common-law right of all citizens in Sweden to move freely throughout the countryside (but not, very reasonably, over fields or private land adjacent to habitations, and not without the obligation to care for the countryside, to refrain from damaging trees and bushes, and to dispose of one’s litter properly).


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Tonelagee NE Top: Barely recognisable as a separate top
Colin Murphy a few minutes ago.
This is a handy one to bag on the way to Tonelagee, but it is so nondescript that many a walker has by-passed it without realising it is a top in itself. The summit is a broad, grassy area with no...

  
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Tonelagee: The perfect beginner's mountain
Colin Murphy less than an hour ago.
Besides crossing Glenmacnass River at the start and end, (which has seen many an unfortunate walker ascend in soggy boots) Tonelagee is a pleasant and relatively easy climb from the carpark near t...

  
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Iorras Beag: Panoramic views of Connemara
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 2 hours ago.
A pleasant 2 hour walk from Roundstone village by taking a minor road to the west from the centre of the village. There is parking along this road at L71775 40102. Continue on ungraded road to a w...

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Cashel Hill: Connemara in the Sun
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50, Buny Clare 3 hours ago.
Climbed on Tuesday 07th June , 2 hrs 45min return. I went up the track from the road after the entrance to Cashel House Hotel and just before the church L80303 42385. Walked past the graveyard and...

  
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Brockagh Tops
Bunsen7 7 hours ago.
Similar track to a number of others which I used for guidance. Parked at the forest entrance having turned up at the ... walk, Len: 14.5km, Climb: 517m, Area: Brockagh Mountain SE Top, Dublin/Wicklow

  
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Do your VITAL bit for hillwalking maps soon.
simon3 8 hours ago.
Ordnance Survey Ireland bring out a high proportion of the maps of interest to hillwalkers in Ireland. They are the only source of mapping for vast swathes of the island of Ireland. But since they...

Track
Lake District: Skiddaw via Ullock Pike
Onzy a day ago.
Classic route in the lakes... walk, Len: 15.3km, Climb: 1062m, Area: Ullock Pike, Lake District - Northern Fe...

  
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La Gomera - GR132
GSheehy 2 days ago.
In 1492, Columbus set out from San Sebasti

  
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Doughruagh: Rocky summit with access issues from Kylemore Abbey
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 4 days ago.
Located behind Kylemore Abbey, it has been reported that access from the grounds is no longer allowed. It is possible to park in a small lay-by at L77637 58711 and walk approx 30m along the road t...

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Doughruagh South Top: Twin of Doughruagh main top
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 4 days ago.
Located behind Kylemore Abbey, it has been reported that access from the grounds is no longer allowed. It is possible to park in a small lay-by at L77637 58711 and walk approx 30m along the road t...

  
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Raghtin More: The smallest Inishowen Arderin
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 5 days ago.
The easiest approach is to park at Urrismenagh viewpoint carpark C317 443 and follow the track to its highest point. From here you can avoid Crockmain and carry on towards Raghtin More to the Nort...

  
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Crockmain: An uninspiring summit with great views
Collaborative entry Last edit by: liz50 5 days ago.
The easiest approach is to park at Urrismenagh viewpoint carpark C317 443 and follow the track to its highest point before heading north over heather to the summit. Alternatively from Mamore Gap c...


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