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This is a bad news good news one. I don’t know why I ever go out of Connaught, but I did last week to West Cork. We walked the horseshoe from Tooth Mountain to Lackabane which was a treat, saw nobody and no sign of paths except where the ridge really forced a single route. Instead of doing the final top we dropped to the farm with the stone circle – incidentally noticing outside it a laminated sign “Rabach Glen walk – Adults 4 Euros – Children 2”. There was hardly time to get anxious about this when a slatternly female with a fag hanging from her lips emerged to hit us up for 8 Euros. Now, we argued, and I’ll accept I’m a woose for paying, but there were guns going off and 4x4s and three kilometres to the car. Heart of her argument was why should people be traipsing by and the poor bloody farmer not get a cut. OK we’d not been up the glen but we’d been on the land and look at the damage to the wire. We pointed out that all the wire on the ridge was down and we couldn’t damage it. All the more reason for supplying funds to repair it, she said. Gill let loose with a volley about freedom of access in Scotland but you could see your one thinking that the Scottish farming community needed counselling about income streams.

Anyway this isn’t good news for anyone casually taking the delights of the Rabach’s Glen and it’s not good for us denizens of the high tops – you’d be better off staying up for one more top to Deelis, the way off looks swampier but you’ll save four euro a skull.

The good news is that the photo above can be disregarded. It’s from a fence below the Sron at the end of the Gougane Barra horseshoe. (It’s shron in your pronunciation, stron in ours, how come Gaelic uses three times as many letters as it needs half the time then gets involved in guessing games about the ones it’s missed out?) The sign hacked us off at the time, two days after the Rabach Glen episode but we were told at the hotel that the man was a nutter but was now gone. Someone should haul down the signs.

I think too that a concerted effort on access is needed in Ireland. Where I’ve been walking it’s not impacted me but visiting this area has come as a shock. Judging by other comments on MV this is the single biggest issue for Irish walking. Your rights seem even more tenuous than those of the English.
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