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march-fixer: Track 1748 in area near Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland)
Brockagh Circuit
Length: 11.9km, Creator time taken: 6h15m, Ascent: 715m,
Descent: 682m

Places: Start at O02217 09786, Brockagh Mountain SE Top, Brockagh Mountain, end at T13984 96857 17km SE from Start
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A lovely walk that is not taxing but provides excellent views and has a good track to follow.

Start in Laragh and park in the car-park above Brockagh Centre (plenty of spaces). Headed off NE along the beautiful canopied woodland road. This road eventually opens out into a forest track which eventually brings you up to a gate at the foot of Brockagh SE Top.

There is a superb grassy track NW all the way to the summit. Doing this walk in a clockwise direction, we stopped frequently to admire the views to the north, east and south. There are impressive boulders at this summit. (They must have been strong lads in the old days to move those into position!).

Follow the definite track north to reach the summit of Brockagh. This is a nice spot to stop and enjoy the surroundings. There is shelter here if required and nice places to sit and eat. Our weather was perfect and the views all around to Camaderry, Tonelagee, Scarr, Trooperstown Hill and Derrybawn Mountain were excellent.

Head due NE and aim for the edge of the forest where there is a well defined track skirting the edge of the forest. While it is a bit rough in places it will lead you directly to down into the corner where you may join the forest track for the journey home.

We had been regaled all along the way by skylarks and on this part of the track we were fascinated by the diversity of trees to be found along the way. We counted about 14 different species. There is a good spread of oak trees both mature and sapling, which bodes well for the next generation. Just where this track meets the junction take the Wicklow Way track off to the left which is a lovely sylvan stroll instead of having to retrace your previous steps. When you rejoin the forest track, head left to return to the car-park.

A wonderful afternoon walk. Head out in the morning if doing the walk anti-clockwise so that you get the wonderful views while descending Brockach SE Top.

Uploaded on: Tue, 12 Jun 2012 (14:20:06)
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