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2014-08-14 11:32:29
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Simon Says - don
Hi Bleck Cra. It wasn't Simon who wrote the article - he simply reproduced it for us here, from a UK forum. Whatever everyone's views on the matter, don't shoot down Simon for bringing it to us!

As to the the matter of access - it is going to continue to be a vital issue, especially as so many of the hills in Ireland are farmed and have livestock, fencing, machinery and crops. I tend to ask anyone I see, or else leave a note in my car window with my phone number in case a landowner wants to contact me. Iíve never had a problem with this approach and always find landowners appreciate being asked. I thought the walker in the article Simon reproduced came across as pompous and condescending, and emitting an aura of 'I have a right to be here'

(The farmer asked) 'Can I help you?'

I said, 'Help me?' in a questioning tone and added light heartedly, 'I'm not lost'

The walker was playing pedantic games but clearly understood what the farmer meant. That attitude won't help walkers anywhere.

In this case the farmer feared the spread of TB on her farm - she had every right to walk down the middle of her field as no doubt she knew her own footwear was TB-free. Who knows where the strangers boots had been - forests, other farms, stepping in animal faeces or even the remnants of dead animals. Many will remember the Foot and Mouth disease that paralysed hillwalking in Ireland in 2001. Preventing walkers from crossing farmland helped stop an epidemic of the disease. Of course this farmer had a right to challenge the walker, especially as her livelihood was potentially being put at risk. He should have taken it on the chin , apologised and said no more.


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Forum: Suggestions
Addition of "All Irish features" list etc
simon3 10 hours ago.
A new list and total has been added which shows All Irish features visited. So if you mark as visited any summit, coastal summit, coastal feature, island feature then this total will go up. You ca...

  
Summit Comment
Illanmaster: Watching Over.
sandman 2 days ago.
This hill watches over Illanmaster Island and although its summit is nothing of note its cliffs are fantastic. As described previously this can be part of a coastal walk or for direct accent park ...

  
Summit Comment
Corraduff Hill: Coastal Hill
sandman 2 days ago.
Corraduff Hill as seen from the Benwee Loop Walk.

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Mweelrea Mt via Ben Lugmore
marzka 2 days ago.
A very nice walk with amazing views and small bit of scrambling which can be avoided.Dificulty: Medium- ascending via... walk, Len: 13.4km, Climb: 1111m, Area: Ben Lugmore East Top, Mweelrea Mountain

  
Track
Bencorrbeg - Binn an Choire and Binn Dubh
marzka 2 days ago.
Very nice walk with a bit of scrambling.And this GPS track involve that mentioned part of scrambling - but if you want... walk, Len: 10.4km, Climb: 944m, Area: Bencorrbeg, Twelve Bens (Ireland) Benco

  
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Benwee NE Head: Coastal Hill
sandman 2 days ago.
It is easy to reach the area i took the photo from just a slight detour off the Benwee Loop Walk F8220244947 it is the next bit that the problem arises. Definitely an Ian Miller summit.

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Teermoyle and Been Hill
marzka 2 days ago.
Very nice walk with goregous views.Dificulty: Medium- a bit wet terrain, mostly grassy- some small part of walk on th... walk, Len: 13.2km, Climb: 843m, Area: Keamconneragh, Glenbeigh Horseshoe (Irel

  
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Doonvinalla W Top: Coastal Hill
sandman 2 days ago.
The Stags of Broad Haven just one of the fantastic photo opportunities from this summit which is easily accessed from the Benwee Loop Walk the easy option from the pier at Portacloy F8395844259.

  
Track
Mangerton via Stoompa and Horses Glen
marzka 2 days ago.
Lovely walk with stunning views.Dificulty: Medim- wet terrain as crossing the Owgariff river- very steepy descending w... walk, Len: 13.6km, Climb: 673m, Area: Stoompa, Mangerton (Ireland) Stoompa, M

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Doonvinalla E Top: Coastal Hill
sandman 3 days ago.
Easy access from the pier at Portacloy F8395844259 follow the Benwee Loop walk and branch off where appropriate . The photo shows views across towards Benwee Head in the background .

  
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Carrauntoohil via central guy and dawn via oshea-gully WINTER WALK
marzka 2 days ago.
This is a winter climb, therefore the winter equipment is needed and extra time should be added while planning that r... walk, Len: 10.6km, Climb: 779m, Area: Carrauntoohil, MacGillycuddy's Reeks (Ir

  
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Doonvinalla N Top: Coastal Hill
sandman 3 days ago.
Looking across to Doonvinalla N Top from E Top i decided it was above my pay grade to attempt the summit climb today . But to the right of the photo a route to the top seemingly exists so another ...


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