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Monthly newsletter of MountainViews.ie for guestuser

May 2013




EAST, WEST, NORTH and SOUTH Route ideas and places to go, also Lanzarote (Canaries) and Australia tracks

Putting Hillwalkers in the Picture Mournes Hillwalking Video Review, Mountain Meitheal on Coillte harvesting rights


Walkers Association: GPS Course, Challenge Walks Calendar



2012 - 2013 Winter Talks Series
Full details here: www.walkersassociation.ie

The talk series is at an end for this season. The WAI committee has many new ideas for talks for the next season starting in Oct 2013 however if you any suggestions or would like to give a talk, do get in touch. The one remaining event before October is: Weds 17th April, 2013, John Cruise hillwalker spoke on the Camino Via de La Plata- the Roman route from Seville to Santiago, 1000km.
A crowd of over 40 came to listen to John describe the route with many photos.

Sat 20th April, 2013, Landscape Photography Workshop
The Walkers Association ran its course on Mountain and Landscape Photography again in the Brockagh Centre, Glendalough.

More on Walkers Association here: www.walkersassociation.ie

For a full list of Challenge Walks, visit here.

WAI Photo Gallery - They would like you to upload some of your pictures (Ireland or abroad) to this?

Photos for the MountainViews - Walkers Association "Mountain Gathering" in Feb.


Click here for Mountain Meitheal statement regarding Coillte


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More information at www.pathsavers.org

Native Woodland Trust - Laragh and Glendalough Guided Woodland Ramble

Would you like to explore the woods and valleys of Glendalough and Laragh while learning about Ireland's native trees? If so then join us for this guided hike from Laragh village into Glendalough Valley and back via tranquil woodland and crisscrossing tumbling rivers and historic ruins. This will be a medium level walk, guided by a NWT guide and taking approximately three hours. All are welcome. We will be starting the walk in Laragh Village at 14:00. Places are limited so booking is advised.
Contact Kieran.flood@nativewoodlandtrust.ie to book or for details.

Date: 2pm, 11th May
Location: Laragh village
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/448994435175712/

From Benleagh in the Dublin / Wicklow Mountains, Picture Colin Murphy.

In short: Discovery

NORTH: There's no walking like snow walking
A simple covering of snow can turn an ordinary hill into a magical experience, so discovered Trailtrekker on his ascent up Slievenisky in the Mournes.
Trailtrekker on Slievenisky: The Most Direct Route
Like Cratlieve, the other spur off Slieve Croob, this peak seems to only be walked by those who have taken in it's bigger neighbour first. And the numbers suggest that only about a quarter of MVers do this. For those who just want to take in this summit, for whatever reason, here it is. There is a wooden gate at J3190543624 just east of a small river. Enter the field and follow farmer track parall ... Click here

NORTH: Mountain bikers welcome
Mountain biking is encouraged on the slopes of Curraghchosaly Mountain in the Sperrin, reports Peter Walker. Well, they have to go somewhere! Otherwise it's a short and relatively easy ascent.
group on Curraghchosaly Mountain: Long name, short ascent
Curraghchosaly Mountain is one of the more westerly of the Sperrins, and faultily apes the higher Mullaghcarn across the B48 with its 50/50 mix of bare slopes and dense forestation. Forest roads hereabouts are being promoted quite heavily as mountain biking venues, and these same thoroughfares provide easy access to the summit, the climb being shortish and very much on the 'steady' side of 'steep' ... Click here

WEST: Friendly farmers and no bull on an iconic top
Member Sweeney encounters chatty farmers on his ascent of the once controversial and iconic Benwiskin in the Dartry Mountains.
Sweeney on Benwiskin: Access
Up on Benwiskin on the 1st of April 2013. No access problems. Bumped into 3 sheep farmers (spread out on the hill) and they were friendly and chatty. The access described by CaptainVertigo is accurate, but a little dated. Park at the Coillte car park at G736 488. Follow the track taking a left turn at the forks. However, there has been quite a new track constructed heading south, where the fir ... Click here

WEST: A day to remember
The magnificent views afforded on the ascent up the very fine An Binn Mhór leave member jik breathless.
jlk on Binn Mhór: The vista from Binn Mhor NW on a day to remember.
Magnificent views on an outstanding West of Ireland clear day. Taken from Binn Mhor, with Binn Chaonaigh on the immediate right, then Binn idir an Da Log, and Mweelrea in the background. The Twelve Bens welcome you in the centre. Click here

SOUTH: That sinking feeling…
Buny Clare is somewhat swamped as she/he ascends Craganamurragh in Slieve Bernagh, and warns of treacherous going underfoot.
Dessie1 on Derrybawn Mountain: Wintry Derry yawn!
Climbed Derrybawn as part of a circuit of mullacor and Lugduff SE on a wintry day in January 2013.Started at the glendalough upper lake tourist centre and followed track up past poulanass waterfall keeping to the left.Summit has a small cairn with a dead animal's skull placed on it which was a bit eerie???Other than that not much else to note on the summit other than the great 360 degree views of ... Click here

SOUTH: Where eagles dare
A threesome of eagles enlivened an ascent of Knockowen in the Cahas for members ciarraioch.
ciarraioch on Knockowen: Eagles as seen from the Cnoc Eoghain ridge
On the ridge between Knockowen and the Healy Pass, on the 27th April 2013, we saw three eagles circling and catching the updraft. The photo shows two of the three with Kenmare Bay (Sneem) and the mountains of Iveragh in the background. This was our third sighting in the last two years, the previous being on Bruach na Binne and on the way down from Coomura at the back of Lough Cloon. Click here

SOUTH: All things bright and beautiful...
Onzy has recorded a track for the Purple Mountain group in the correct direction despite himself (he reports his original intention as being to walk up the Gap of Dunloe first and then return over the hills, but this means walking down the lane where the jarveys stable their steeds as the last act before hitting the bar at Kate Kearney's, and the aroma you'll bring in with you is unlikely to make anyone want to buy you a drink...best do that bit first). There is no sensible way of adding more tops to this round (as the walk covers every listed top in the Purple Mtn group already) but it's a cracking day in the midst of some of Ireland's greatest mountains anyway. And the Gap is still utterly enchanting in the evening when the crowds have forsaken it.
Onzy on Clockwise Purple Circuit
A variation on OptO's track 2100 which takes a clockwise dir walk, Length:17.7km, Climb: 1108m, Area: Tomies Mountain, Purple Mtn (Ireland) Tomies Mo Click here

SOUTH: Everything you don't want in a top
So describes Thomas_g of Coomagearlahy W Top in the Paps/Derrynasaggart area, which is scarred by felled trees, power lines, windmills etc…
thomas_g on Coomagearlahy W Top: Only if you have to
Cross some horrid ground, admire clear felled trees, look at power lines & transmitters, enjoy the whomp of the wind farm: this peak has everything (you don't want). Views to the north are ok on a clear day. See track 2141 for access possibility. Click here

SOUTH: Reach the wilderness in an hour
The summit of Knockboy has a feeling of remoteness that belies the speed at which you can reach it, reports Thomas_g.
group on Caoinkeen: Reach the wilderness in an hour.
Caoinkeen offers fine views in all directions, especially to the west, the views down to the lake are pretty decent too. There is the possibility of some scrambling towards the summit to the NW of the lake (untried, but there is a clear track). Access is probably easiest from Knockboy or Knocknamanagh, from where the going is relatively easy, the ground to the south and east of the summit is in a ... Click here

SOUTH: Zig-zags and bones
Onzy also displayed a fair amount of peak bagging determination in the Eastern Reeks, tailoring his tactics to suit his solo status, the weather and his unfamiliarity with the ground. Thus his track gains the ridge by the now-de-riguer-Devil's-Ladder-alternative of the Zig-Zags, sneaks up Cnoc na Toinne before covering all the peaks to Cnoc na Peiste, and a final retreat down The Bone. Repeaters should bear in mind that descent of this ridge is very straightforward, but a genuinely direct descent of it involves all sorts of scrambling fun and games; a bit of route finding is necessary. The route could be continued as far as Cruach Mhor, but the north ridge of The Big Gun would be a challenging descent to anyone not already familiar with it; the route finding is harder in this direction.
Onzy on Up Zigzags and down Bone
I planned to walk the eastern reeks in a anti-clockwise dire walk, Length:15.0km, Climb: 961m, Area: Cnoc na Toinne, MacGillycuddy's Reeks (Ireland) Click here

SOUTH: It's like deja vu all over again...
Given its (pretty much) unchallenged status as the finest circular walk the island has to offer it's surprising how few tracks have ever been submitted for the round of the Coomloughra Horseshoe. curus_lurus seeks to redress the balance this month, sending in files for both clockwise and anti-clockwise traverses. The direction may have been different but the outcome seems to have been much the same, with terrible weather and looking for geocaches leading to a couple of gloriously epic twelve hour days on the hill...one is slightly reminded of the bloke who KMRT periodically have to rescue from the Big Gun ridge, only without the rescue bit. Summiteers should note that a short diversion can net the two tops of Knockbrinnea as well, and the completely deranged (or the creator of MV) will point out that the Hag's Tooth could be approached from this direction too... (A note to the track submitter: there's a geocache on top of Cnoc na Peiste too, and its placement was accompanied by much mirth and mickey-taking).
curus_lulus on Coomloughra Horseshoe clockwise - white out
White out beyond 700m, tolerable if strong wind, hiding cach walk, Length:15.6km, Climb: 1316m, Area: Cnoc Iochtair, MacGillycuddy's Reeks (Ireland) Click here

SOUTH: One of Iveragh's easier bags
Colly, in the Glenbeigh Horseshoe, as described by Peter Walker, who contributes another useful short summary.
group on Colly: Easy ascent, fine views
Colly's pyramid is an interesting offshoot/addendum to the classic Glenbeigh Horseshoe route, offering one of the easier ascents of a significant hill within the Iveragh interior. Start from the collection of multi-coloured farm buildings in Coomaspeara 637810 where it should be possible to park with permission. From here a conspicuous track zig-zags eastwards up the hill to around 500m, a short d ... Click here

SOUTH: 'It's over there...'
One of the more benign walks in the high Kerry mountains is the ascent of Mangerton from the road ending to the north, and 0pt0 has sent in a track for it, including the oft-missed Glencappul Top in the classic circuit of the Devil's Punchbowl. Those prepared for a bit of cross-country slogging could extend the trip to the twin tops of Stoompa to the east. The track as submitted misses out on Mangerton's actual summit, and if 0pt0 was up there in bad weather he deserves some sympathy...many have failed to find the highest point under those circumstances and with the edge of the Punchbowl being such a well-defined feature by which to navigate it's far from unusual for discretion to become the better part of valour.
0pt0 on Mangerton
walk, Length:9.5km, Climb: 754m, Area: Mangerton North Top, Mangerton (Ireland) Mangerton North Top, Glencappul Top Click here

SOUTH: Tilting at wind...farms
Slightly more exploratory (or at least messy) is the squelchy couple of hours thomas_g spent exploring the two tops of Coomagearlahy. A combination of conditions underfoot and some rather unwelcoming signage at Kilgarvan windfarm are both noted, and 'just nipping back and forth along the ridge' would seem to be the best method of bagging this pair. They don't especially logically link to any other summits, but Knockbwee could also be taken in while in the area.
thomas_g on Two Summits Two Hours
Parked at end of Coillte(?) Road, room for 1 car. Follow for walk, Length:8.5km, Climb: 303m, Area: Coomagearlahy, Paps/Derrynasaggart (Ireland) Coom Click here

EAST: High Alpine summit? Wicklow actually
Dessie1 has a chilly trip up Derrybawn in Wicklow is what looks like a distinctly snowbound landscape.
Dessie1 on Derrybawn Mountain: Wintry Derry yawn!
Climbed Derrybawn as part of a circuit of mullacor and Lugduff SE on a wintry day in January 2013.Started at the glendalough upper lake tourist centre and followed track up past poulanass waterfall keeping to the left.Summit has a small cairn with a dead animal's skull placed on it which was a bit eerie???Other than that not much else to note on the summit other than the great 360 degree views of ... Click here

EAST: Unremarkable summit, quite remarkable views
The ascent is treacherous in parts, the summit of Benleagh is an uninspiring mound, but it is the journey to and from the top that makes all the effort worthwhile.
group on Benleagh: Tough climb, so-so top, amazing views
Starting at the large carpark at T06617 94163 in Glenmalure, cross the nearby footbridge. Once across the ford, follow the good Coillte track as far as T057 948, where the track splits. Take a left into Fraughan Rock Glen and continue as a far as T 054 939, level with the edge of the tree plantation. Head directly up along the line of these trees. It is steep terrain and the going underfoot can be ... Click here

EAST: Three lakes, three tops
Meanwhile, back in Wicklow, mulciber has followed what might be described as a 'mangled figure of eight' in the country to the north of Glendalough. This is mostly high moorland terrain, but the slope above Lough Nahanagan is steep enough to require a bit of care. The track over two tops (and within spitting distance of another) but doesn't link to any other summits without a substantial investment in distance and reascent; still, this is all fine open terrain.
Mulciber on Three Lakes
Starting at Old Lead Works car park, This track takes in Lou walk, Length:18.6km, Climb: 827m, Area: Tomaneena, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Tomaneena, C Click here

LANZAROTE, CANARY ISLANDS: What I did on my holidays part 1...Gone To The Dogs
Cocking a snook at the working population this month is simon3 with a number of tracks sent in from his trip to Lanzarote. Several of these look liable to send a vulcanologist into meltdown even faster than a misstep on the edge of an active crater; his solo trip over the higher peaks of the island (with a nice bit of coast at the end) is probably quite serious given that it would involve air temperatures that most Irish hillwalkers aren't likely to encounter, never mind some very steep descents. All good character-building stuff.
simon3 on   Femes, heights, barrancos & coast walk.
This is a demanding walk with little shade, some tricky rout walk, Length:27.7km, Climb: 978m, Area: Spain, Canary Islands () Click here

AUSTRALIA: What I did on my holidays part 2...Six Months In A Leaky Boat.
Meanwhile in a different hemisphere marchfixer has taken a break from watching water spiral the other way down the plughole to post a few more Antipodean tracks. The most substantial route followed is a visit to the Wentworth Falls, normally a trickle but fortunately in flood after heavy rain (Google them to see the difference); all very adventurous with huge cliffs, steel cable ladders and leeches. Lovely.
march-fixer on Wentworth Fall Track
As we were staying in the YHA in Katoomba we got a train ove walk, Length:12.3km, Climb: 1059m, Area: Australia, New South Wales () Click here

Sorry if we didn't mention what you posted .. there's a list of all contributors for the month later.


West of Mullaghnattin
A famous circuit described.
Conor74 on Cloon Horseshoe - the long way round
Overview This is a 2 car trek. Leave one car at east end of Cloon Lake. Park other car at Ballaghbeama, room for 2 or 3 in 2 laybys at the top, but leave room for other cars to use to pass each other. Approaches Scramble up east side of Mullaghanattin for spot height 462, from there on to spot heights 594 and 683 to summit of Mullaghanattin. Start From there, pick up the trail d ... Click here


Trips being organised.
MountainViews member pdtempan is organising a visit to a couple of smaller but interesting places in Northern Ireland next weekend. You can get in contact with him using the messaging service.
pdtempan on Walking weekend in May
I'm arranging a couple of walks on some of my favourite hills for the weekend of 11th/12th May and I'd like to invite all MV members to take part. The Saturday walk is Sallagh Braes, NW of Larne. The Sunday walk is Binevenagh. Sallagh Braes is particularly beautiful in May with bluebells in bloom. Binevenagh has a magnificent rugged profile and for my money is one of the finest mountains in U ... Click here

There is a trip to Wales (30 Aug - 2 Sep) being mooted that people may find of interest also. The main purpose of this will be to allow hill-surveyors on both sides of the Irish Sea to meet, however there will also be plenty of time for hillwalking. Get in touch with admin@mountainviews.ie to express interest.

VIDEO: Granite City
gerrym has pointed his video camera in the direction of the Mournes' Slieve Binnian, certainly the most varied of mountains in this beautiful range of hills. The results
(http://youtu.be/3qNkXjm_4so) are as professional and painstaking as ever, and his track makes the 'standard' traverse from Carrick Little over the East Top to the summit tor, skirting the North Top and the North Tor (very easily visited) and dropping down to the col before the oppressive Slieve Lamagan. Such a trip is very worthwhile in itself, but for those wanting more it can be used as the initial section of a walk right around the Annalong Valley; the determined could reach double figures here in ticking terms.
gerrym on The Crown of the Mournes
http://youtu.be/3qNkXjm_4so A walk over the most impressive walk, Length:13.2km, Climb: 647m, Area: Slieve Binnian East Top, Mourne Mountains (Irelan Click here

Mountain Meitheal Statement on Coillte "Harvesting Rights" Sale.
It has been the Mountain Meitheal policy to remain outside mountain and outdoor recreation politics - this approach has served us well. However, given the seriousness of the possible sale of the harvesting rights of our forests, and the implications for the future use of Coillte lands for recreation, the committee of Mountain Meitheal has decided to support the Mountaineering Ireland led initiative (which is also supported by the Impact Trade Union and many other national organisations) to lobby our public representatives to vote against any such sale. We urge you to visit the Mountaineering Ireland website www.mountaineering.ie, go to the 'Save our Forests' page where there is a pre-prepared letter to send to your public representatives. Alternatively, you may send emails to any or all representatives (addresses available on www.oireachtas.ie) to register your objection before a decision is reached. Every single email counts, don't hesitate or the next time you visit a Coillte forest you might find it is too late. Please write to T.D.s, Senators and local Councillors and express your opposition to the disposal of any part of this valuable national asset. Encourage others to do the same, convince your family members, your friends and your clubs to participate in the Save Our Forests campaign.

In the last eleven years the volunteers of Mountain Meitheal have contributed over twenty thousand volunteer hours constructing and repairing tracks and trails. Many of our projects have been on Coillte lands and have helped to improve the recreation experience of many outdoor people. We have built up a solid relationship with Coillte staff which has resulted in a partnership that has provided mountain access routes, emergency shelters and many kilometres of repaired and restored trails. Coillte also sponsored the 2nd edition of The Mountain Meitheal Handbook of Trail Design and Construction. Should the sale of harvesting rights go ahead it is difficult to predict how any future owner of the rights may deal with recreation in forests under their control, or how they may deal with organisations like Mountain Meitheal. The strong relationship that now exists could well be lost.

Our slogan of "get out, get dirty and give back" is essentially about protecting our environment. At present there is no guarantee that recreation usage would be protected and that the achievements of our volunteers since our formation would survive under some new arrangement. Our forests are a key part of our Nations natural resources without which the quality of our lives and that of future generations will be diminished.

Please take every opportunity to make your feelings known and SAVE OUR FORESTS - SÁBHÁIL ÁR BHFORAOISÍ.
Yours sincerely,
Pauline Ryder,
Mountain Meitheal.
Exploring the link between walking and writing
This is an interesting concept being promoted by the newsletter of Walkingworld.com (it's UK based) that might just interest some of our excellent writers.

Many writers walk. Many walkers write - or aspire to. A new venture set in some of southern France's finest, wildest hills offers week-long breaks that should appeal to both.
WalkingWithWords, based in Florac in the Cevennes, draws its inspiration from writers whose work owes its character and even its existence to the rhythms of walking and its intimate interaction with nature, people and landscape. Guided half-day hikes, afternoon writing workshops, and long summer evenings to share ideas and pursue your projects, cost £695 for the week.
Details are at www.walkingwithwords.org.


You may need to change old bookmarks or shortcuts.
Still clicking on that old link to MV you put in years ago? Could be a bad idea because some old links will prevent you seeing the new interface in all its glory or may not even work. Replace with a new one.
See here simon3 on Revised interface - need to change shortcuts.
If you are using an old shortcut or bookmark from your PC or whatever to access MountainViews, you may be missing out on the new interface. The simplest shortcut or bookmark should refer to http://mountainviews.ie Which will work fine and brings you to the new summit and track display. Some time ago Mountainviews urls were changed to a simplified form. For example: Mountai ... Click here

MountainViews - Walkers Association Meeting in Feb, 2013

Putting hillwalkers in the picture….
'An Irish Mountain Gathering', the MountainViews annual awards and talks in conjunction with the Walkers Association of Ireland, took place in late February and this year we were delighted to have Evelyn Cusack of Met Eireann as our main speaker. Below are some of the photos from the evening.


We are extremely indebted to Bernie Morrow, MV member and professional photographer, who took these pictures.


A Tale of Two Reviews for MountainViews recent book.

MountainViews member and frequent reviewer Aidan Dillon put together a review of the new book and sent it, entirely off his own bat, to Mountain Log, the quarterly magazine of Mountaineering Ireland. However as Patrick O'Sullivan editor of Mountain Log said to me, they thought they would prefer a more independent review. So with some anticipation we waited for the next Mountain Log to see what would ensue.
The review duly came out ( ML 105 ) written by Nicky Hore (Chairperson of Blayney Ramblers and long term MI supporter.)
You can read the review in Mountain Log, however it is descriptive of what we have done and very positive. Let me quote from the last paragraph:

This is an important book, too, in the history of mountaineering and hillwalking in Ireland, as it is a culmination of the work carried out by others over many years. Congratulations to Mountain Views!

However that left Aidan Dillon's review without a home, which would be a shame. particularly as in my definitely biased view it accurately captures what MountainViews is about as the starting two sentences say:

Mountainviews is a product of the new Millennium. It couldn't have existed in an earlier age.

Book review: A Guide to Ireland's Mountain Summits - The Vandeleur-Lynams & The Arderins By MountainViews, published by Collins Press.

Mountainviews is a product of the new Millennium. It couldn't have existed in an earlier age. It is a group with no formal structure, most of whose members have never met. There is no subscription and no entry requirements. By the wonders of a shared interest in Irish mountains and the internet Mountainviews has built an unprecedented library of information on every mountain in the land. This information is constantly being updated by its users with details of new routes, photos, updates on access issues etc. If you haven't seen the website recently check out the newly upgraded and very high quality mapping. As hillwalking gets ever more popular Mountainviews is drawing walkers away from over walked routes onto less well known, but often equally beautiful hills.

Mountainviews has now published its first book. Walkers will be familiar with the Munroes, Scotlands 3,000 foot mountains. The lucky Scots have 282 Munroes and thousands of people spend years trying to climb them all. Ireland's 3,000 footers can all be climbed in a few days, but there are still plenty of mountain challenges this side of the Irish Sea. This new book lists the main ones from the county tops, to the Arderins (404 mountains over 500m), the Vandeleur-Lynams (269 mountains over 600m) or if you prefer simply the 100 highest.

This attractively produced book provides details on all these mountains - including full grid references, the meaning of the name and an overall rating by the members based on factors including challenge, views and environment. The book includes many wonderful photographs. Climbing to complete a list may sound a bit like train spotting. Don't be put off. It is a great excuse to head to the remoter parts of the country. Proceeds from the book will help support the Mountainviews website. Buy a copy and let your own challenge begin.

Very much recommended.

-- Aidan Dillon (MV Member)

Please note: Buying this book supports MountainViews as we don't have regular forms of income. See below for details of how to purchase.

Also please note: If you know organisations that could review the book, we can arrange review copies. If you see any reviews, let us know.

Book review: Pilgrim Paths in Ireland by John G O'Dwyer.

The latest addition to Collins' burgeoning collection of Irish walking literature may look uniform with its companion volumes at first glance. But that's where the old saying about books and covers comes in. A cursory glance within would suggest nothing is particularly afoot: 15 chapters covering 15 pilgrim trails, summaries, maps, the usual. But a proper peruse of the text will reveal that (appropriately, given the subject matter) the devil is in the details. This isn't really a guidebook, despite containing easily enough relevant detail for the seasoned walker to use it as such (the maps are basic but sufficiently clear to be used in conjunction with relevant OSI sheets, and the author's text tends to reveal the bits where he nearly went wrong himself), more a travelogue following O'Dwyer's own journey around the island. It is far more concerned with his experiences of the routes in their 21st century condition and his impressions of the folk he meets along the way than with 'at grid reference 357491 take a bearing of 223 degrees' and the like.

Obviously the selection of walks (and in one case, a bicycle ride) is constrained by the subject matter, but the pedestrian (be they penitential or not) can be assured they cover a wide palette of difficulty and environment, and have a quality that veers from the purgatorial (the early stretches of St Kevin's Way) to the heavenly (surely there can be no more magnificent 'tourist' route to a mountain top in Britain and Ireland than the Pilgrim Path up Brandon? Name one. I dare you). Not THAT many hills are climbed along the way (and those that are, such as Slemish, Slieve League, Brandon and Croagh Patrick are scarcely secrets previously known only to a select few), but even in familiar surroundings O'Dwyer's prose seems fresh: a man you suspect would be excellent company out and about. His approach (think 'wry, but not quite as wry as 'The Height of Nonsense'') makes even excursions that are fundamentally 'thrashing around in a field in coastal Donegal' seem vaguely fun.

With its lack of emphasis on precise route descriptions and limited potential contribution to a reader's ticklist, it's conceivable that 'Pilgrim Paths in Ireland' may struggle to find an audience. That would be a pity. But for those who are prepared to acknowledge a rationale beyond just visiting summits, this may well end up being considered to be a bit of a minor classic.

Very much recommended.

-- Peter Walker (MV Member)

MountainViews book in the shops.

A Guide to Ireland's Mountain Summits - The Vandeleur-Lynams & The Arderins
MountainViews first book available online and in many bookshops.

simon3 on A Guide to Irelands Mountain Summits
MountainViews first book available online and in many bookshops.

As members will know, for over a decade, Mountainviews.ie has been providing unique information to hillwalkers on all aspects of exploring and enjoying Ireland's upland areas. It's been a collaborative effort by over 1000 of you, and currently contains over 6000 comments on 1057 mountains and hills on the island of Ireland ... Click here

This month.
Kudos to our contributors.

We welcome the following new members who enrolled this month. ali80, allnighter, Aongus, barrymartin, Bigface, bigglesabroad, bobbobx2, BrendanP, canttalk, carpinteyrovye, CathalClarke, ciaransingleton, cniall, ComdtKeogh, daithi74, Delliman, Dfunkt, differ12345, epicknitwit, euge, Flatout, fullmile, gavinw, GrahamW005, gregot, hansumstranga, irishboy70, ivarszu, jbkinv, jboydell, JenniferS, JimJoyce, jmccole, kenmoore, kenpren, kielypaul, Kim, kingteresa, larrymchale, lifemoveon, marcus_in_kerry, marieforan2, MartynD, mbourke, micklong, mr_p_martin, Nickw57, oriordanmick, orlabambrick87, Paulr, phillip_E, pk123, poshea123, procyon, Rentner2011, rima, rimah, robertlegear, royzie, Ruby22, sarahdoherty, scanlanlee, seann, shanec, shoemaker, Solliden, statss, thebourke1, tironsean, tomvdberg, trish22kelly, vecnyhlad, Williebuck (73)

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There were comments on the following summits , Benbrack, Benwiskin, Binn Mhór, Boolatin Top, Caoinkeen, Cappaghabaun Mountain East, Carrigeenamronety, Cashlaundrumlahan, Coomagearlahy W Top, Cragnamurragh, Croagh Patrick, Derrybawn Mountain, Knockane, Knockowen, Lugduff, Lugnaquillia, Silvermine Mountains Far E Top, Slievenisky, Tooreenbaha
and these tracks Australia, New South Wales , Australia, New South Wales , Australia, Victoria , Barnes Top, Sperrin Mountains Ireland, Beenkeragh, MacGillycuddy's Reeks Ireland, Caher West Top, MacGillycuddy's Reeks Ireland, Cnoc Iochtair, MacGillycuddy's Reeks Ireland, Cnoc na Toinne, MacGillycuddy's Reeks Ireland, Coomagearlahy, Paps/Derrynasaggart Ireland, East Coast Ireland, Greenane West, Galty Mountains Ireland, Knockboy, Shehy/Knockboy Ireland, Mangerton North Top, Mangerton Ireland, Mullaghbolig, Sperrin Mountains Ireland, New Zealand, Auckland , Slieve Binnian East Top, Mourne Mountains Ireland, Spain , Spain, Canary Islands , Spain, Canary Islands , Spain, Canary Islands , Spain, Canary Islands , Spain, Canary Islands , Spain, Canary Islands , Spain, Canary Islands , Tomaneena, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Tomies Mountain, Purple Mtn Ireland tracks and these walks were created Cloon Horseshoe - the long way round

Thanks to all 1059 who have ever contributed summits or routes info and forums.

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Summary. MountainViews now has 6117 comments about 1031 different hills & mountains out of the total in our current full list (1057). We need more comments, better comments and more balance for every summit as our rate for "data completion" now that the 150m summits have been added is currently around 49% There's plenty (26) of opportunities for you to be the first to comment on a summit. Listing summits in "Lists & Logs" (tick MV completion information) allows you to see what information we need to get more even coverage.


  • If you are contributing, please be careful to respect the interests of landowners. Suggest access routes well away from houses, gardens or that could conceivably impact farming activities. When walking, keep away from gardens or farm buildings. Use stiles or gates wherever possible. Never do anything that could allow animals to roam where the farmer did not intend. Ask permission where appropriate.
  • If you hear of a problem area or route, write it up in MountainViews which does everyone a service.
    Report rubbish tipping in the Republic - ring EPA hotline 1850 365 121
    Report quads in national park area (in which they are banned). For Wicklow please phone the Duty Ranger: 087-9803899 or the office during office hours Telephone: +353-404-45800. Put these numbers in your phone, take regs etc. Let MV know of contact numbers for other areas.
  • If you have climbed some of the less well known places, we would appreciate a summit rating.We could use your help in making ratings for the unrated mountains which you have climbed, such as: Bunmore, Knocknascollop NW Top, Lettertrask, An Bheann Mhór, Cró Bheithe, Cnoc na Deirce Bige, Cashlaundrumlahan, Brickany, Maumakeogh, Cruach Léithín and some 1 others. and also GPS readings for summits.
  • If we can, let's make MV have more than one route up a summit so as to reduce the tendency for paths to appear. Your grid refs in comments for different starting points show up on MountainViews maps.
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