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2018-01-15 15:23:29
Dingle to Cloghane
David-Guenot is correct. The route I referred to crosses the col to the north of Ballysitteragh. It's an old horse and cart road so there is no difficulty with the route finding. Last summer I walked from the car park at the top of the Connor Pass along the ridge to this col and then descended (west) down the old track as far as the tarred road and a pre-arranged pick-up. A very pleasant walk with a lot more downhill than up.
2018-01-15 13:10:52
Irish runners in the Spine Race
Two Irish runners are doing well in the Montane Spine Race, which started on sunday morning. It's 268 miles up the Pennine Way, unsupported, in January, so a real toughie. Eoin Keith from Cork is currently leading after about 120 miles, while Carol Morgan from Dublin is leading woman, about 10 miles further back (think she's about 7th overall). Both are the current title holders. The runners can be live tracked on the Spine Race site, although it looks like they're having some trouble with their technology at the moment.
2018-01-14 23:10:21
Re: Dingle to Cloghane
Well spotted Aidand, this would be the safest route indeed -although I guess you are talking about the col between Ballysitteragh and Gearhane (pt 397m), right ?
2018-01-12 17:06:48
"" from BleckCra Contract pics
Picture: (Contract pics)

I hope I continue to make my point. For those of us bored by it and for those of us who know it already ... my apologies. For the rest and FYI - shot on 35mm ASA 100, Olympus Trip 35, auto exposure, processed by Boots to 6x4 and scanned from print.
Digital? Ooh ... er .... um.
Just for fun. Can we identify the top in the pic?
2018-01-09 13:02:43
Dingle Cloghane another option
Lenny, the routes mentioned in other replies are excellent high level walks, but best left for a fine day. Before the Connor Pass road was built in the 1930s local people used to cross from Dingle to Cloghane on an old trail over the col between Beenabrack and Ballysitteragh. You then drop down into the remote valley of Mullach and a quiet tar road walk into Cloghane. This is a much safer route in poor weather. The route is marked on the 1:25,000 O.S. map. Not quite as dramatic as hiking over Mount Brandon but still a very fine walk. Enjoy.
2018-01-09 10:42:40
Re: Dingle to Cloghane
Thanks for that David, I really should have done a bit of googling first and probably would have found out there was an obvious path, mea culpa! Shame I won't get a go at the Faha Ridge but it does sound like avoiding it on descent is for the best.

I plan to be in Cloghane for two nights so may do a second hike out to the Sauce Creek area on the Dingle Way.

Really looking forward to it now.
2018-01-09 01:42:42
Re: Dingle to Cloghane
Hi Lenny, thought I'd answer your question as I have been up Brandon twice via both the N and S ridge two months ago. There is a fair amount of climbing coming up from Dingle, but once you are along the ridge it is pretty straightforward. Just mind the wind while reaching the top of Gearhane as the ridge is rather narrow and exposed at that point. Just below Brandon Peak, a good path leads straight up Mount Brandon. From there, there are several options, but the Faha Ridge should be avoided for the descent, as it is very steep and exposed and the route-finding seems to be pretty tricky. There is an obvious path to the right of the main trail going down the steep slopes to the Paternoster Lakes, which is signposted, just before the Faha Ridge. This is the most direct route to Cloghane. The other option if you have time and don't mind adding some distance, is to follow the N ridge and turn right at the col between Piaras Mor and Masatiompan to follow the Dingle Way. The views along this ridge are absolutely breathtaking -arguably some of the best in Ireland- so don't hesitate if the weather is nice, although you will add a fair amount of distance, including some tarmac between Brandon village and Cloghane. Hope you will get a good day for it !!
2018-01-08 21:53:42
Dingle to Cloghane
Hi all, need to get from Dingle to Cloghane without a car next week and had been thinking of hitching but then I thought.... sure why not just walk, over Mount Brandon, right?

Looking at the maps here, everything looks straightforward enough apart from the descent from Brandon to Cloghane.

I'd be a bit anxious about (though not totally against) descending the Faha Ridge towards the end of a long day, by myself, in January weather (whatever that might be). Though I've never been up there, and it might well be grand, and I don't particularly mind the exposure (any advice here would be appreciated). I've never been on Brandon generally, by the by (hence why I'm keen)

There don't seem to be many options for routes that aren't either long or steep — so just wondering if any one has any practical suggestions etc.Circling down to the north of Brandon peak via a place marked 'Piaras Mor' on the OS map seems to be one possible option.


2018-01-08 09:48:57
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2018-01-06 17:57:51
"Site and sleeper" from ewen Contract pics
Picture: Site and sleeper (Contract pics)

Boardwalk preparation at Tomaneena?
Was up at Tomaneena today enroute to Conavalla. Just before the road to the Quarry there seems to be a construction site. On closer inspection it is rows and rows of boardwalk sleepers. By the evidence of discarded ties etc it seems that some have already been put in place. Are they for Camaderry or is it an ESB initiative?

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