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march-fixer: Track 1569 in area near Lobawn, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland)
Lowbawn Circuit
Length: 6.2km, Creator time taken: 2h10m, Ascent: 362m,
Descent: 407m

Places: Start at S97584 99681, Lobawn, end at S98551 99467 991m E from Start
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While not much to look at, the trip in is. Make it a day's outing and head in from Hollywood or through Valleymount. Both approaches are beautiful drives. But the outstanding part is when you head off the main road and head up the valley to Lowbawn. Who says that only the west of Ireland has spectacular country roads. This stretch of road is worth coming here for, irrespective of the hiking!

Park at the forest gate S97828 99888 and take to the upper road. Follow this track all the way to S97660 98643 where you scramble up the bank and head up a break through the trees. The going can be a bit uneven in places due to selective felling. The views back north over the Blessington Lakes is spectacular.

You will eventually enter an enchanted forest S97453 98459 where the trees are hung with lichen just like a spooky film! Follow the deer tracks which will bring you out onto the mountain S97425 98333 near the forest corner. It is just a stroll over the heather to the summit. There are panoramic views from S97873 97783 the 'WD13' marker. Continue on down the track to the col and swing north to follow the right-hand side of the stream back down into the valley.

There are a few stream crossings which are no trouble. Veer west as you meet the bog road that leads back to the road you came in on. (Oooppss ... I powered off my GPS by mistake, hence it missed last bit of the track to the road!) At the spot where my track meets the bog road, see if you can spot the Baboon's Head with the crew-cut on top (sunlight needs to be good and from the SW) a few metres along track, on the left! There is a river to cross at N98217 00074 so it is best to look for the stepping stones about 10m down stream.

A beautiful trek in a lost valley. Had the place to myself and did not meet a soul the entire time.

Uploaded on: Mon, 30 Apr 2012 (18:06:51)
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