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evelyn
2005-02-28 08:58:41
Hi SDillmore! As I generally walk alone, so that I can get away from the rat race, I take my four legged friends with me for security and peace of mind. Having an agricultural background I have witnessed what a pack of dogs can do to a flock of sheep, which were my own stock, so I have a strict personal code! In forestry and where there are no little people, or wildlife, my dogs are loose but with easily catchable restraints (harnasses) just in case the situation changes! On moorland, my dogs are leashed as there are sometimes sheep grazing, if I see a large amount of sheep I don't go near them I go another route which can be just as enjoyable!! Where a farmer has put up a notice that they have stock on the land and would prefer that dogs are not permitted, I will NOT enter that land ..... another day another time without my dogs! During the early months of the year sheep are quite often expecting, and as such should definitely not be bothered by dogs leashed or unleashed, as they can abort or even worse! Personally if you use your common sense, and say to yourself "if those were my sheep........" you'll be fine! One other thing, if you see a sheep upside down and unable to right itself at this time of year PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE help the animal to right itself, as it's easy prey!
Bleck Cra
2005-02-28 00:21:16
Hello Michael. Suggest you refer to gerrym, contributor to mountainviews who is in bed with the Sperrins to the same carnal extent as I am with Mournes. I kind of think once you have his sort of handle on them, they will come good for you. For myself, their endless nothingness spooks me and three lashes at them has done me with them for good. The towns along their Southern edge are however (what do you think Gerry ….) interesting …. and a good place for a political discussion - or perhaps not. I would go with gerrym ref Goles route, where you can make the most of things (excuse my weariness). The best way I should describe the Sperrins is that they are truly beautiful, from the ground.
Michael McA
2005-02-26 00:58:06
Can anyone recommend any good walks in the Sperrins?

A group of friends intend to get together in a couple of weeks for a walk up there and although I’ve done plenty of walks in the Mournes I’ve done next to nothing in the Spirrens. The others would be of reasonable fitness but not much walking experience, so a walk of no more than about 4 hours would be intended.
Bleck Cra
2005-02-24 18:21:47
Hello conor od. Try Coill Beithe, Caragh Lake, Killorglin.
County Kerry.
Tel: 353 (0)66 9769908
Email: info@irelandluxuryholidays.com.

Brand new B&B - very very good. English but well, it's a new world. Think her Da's from there or thereabouts. Very keen to please, beautiful crisp new rooms, also do fine food, fab quiet location, not dear - starting to sound like a brochure. Check them out on the net. Something like 10/15-ish mins from the hills, near the famous Climber's Inn. Good fishing also and endless pubs in Killorglin down the road. Need more info - get Simon to give you my email.
conor od
2005-02-24 14:44:45
Can anybody recomend a good place to stay for 4 oulfellas about to climb Carrauntohil ?
Bleck Cra
2005-02-23 18:34:58
"" from Bleck Cra Contract pics
Picture: (Contract pics)

On Chimney Rock last Saturday, I noticed she had turned into a hare - and other than a goat or two, my first sighting of an indigenous quadruped on the Mournes in my 10 odd years exploring them. Strange, but the Mournes are quite devoid of serious fauna (pick and mix syntax?). At a fairly confident estimate across the whole range (above the treeline) I doubt if there thrives more than 16 pairs of ravens, 6 pairs of skylarks, 6 pairs of buzzards, a couple of pairs of other raptors, 4 pairs of big songbirds. No grouse, no deer, no hare (until last Saturday). In fact I think there’s more going on in the Gobi desert. Somebody tell me what this is about please. Herself was notable by her summer coat worn in a winter blizzard. A see-it-believe-it measure of warming winters. Pic shows raven roost within - Pot of Pulgarve.
corr
2005-02-22 22:57:18
As a significant amount of the land that you will be walking on during your average hillwalk in Ireland probably belongs to some farmer, it would be advisable to keep your dog on a lead. Farmers do have the right to shoot any unleashed dog on their lands in order to protect their sheep.
Bleck Cra
2005-02-21 22:11:50
Reference SDillmore query ......... Take the dog Ess: everyone else does, increasingly and arguably to extremes. It can be quite amusing watching a Doberman sucking the innards out of a Yorkie or better still mistaking a Jack Russell for one. The issue with the dog in these parts, is the sheep - now it is arguable which has more rights: the poodle or the blackface. If the creature is biddable and understands “no”, meaning very sore ribs, there are no restrictions, other than on Batts land amongst the Hilltown Mournes where Batt clearly specifies no mutts - although I have seen a bloke with 3 Boxers loose on Slievemoughanmore. I suspect it might be bad to take a dog into the Sperrins, in that it is generally bad just to be in the Sperrins. I have 2 personal motley views on the matter: first that dogs and hills go together but second that this only applies to trained beasts and must exclude coiffured stars on extendable leads. You should have no trouble until Rover bites a sheep, whereupon you will be knee deep in it.
SDillmore
2005-02-17 18:17:20
Hey all. Being new to hillwalking here (I was born and raised in the U.S.), I was curious as to what the general policy was involving taking a dog along during walking, as the bulk of it is on private land. I haven't seen anything to forbid it, but I figured I should get some opinions from those in the know.

Thanks,
William
simon3
2005-01-30 21:19:13
"A wisp of the Mournes." from simon3 Contract pics
Picture: A wisp of the Mournes. (Contract pics)

One cold January day this was the view of Slieve Donard (850m, right) and Slieve Commedagh (767m) in the Mourne Mountains. It was taken from Butter Mountain in the Wicklow Mountains, some 112 km south. The line of sight goes directly across Dublin city and later Dundalk Bay. At first when we saw this, it seemed like a curiously shaped cloud. Haze completely obscures the other Mournes so these two summits with a light winter dusting float surreally in space.


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@Hugh Mangan
wicklore a day ago.
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Onzy a day ago.
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Knockastakeen: A circuit of Lough Muskry
peter1 2 days ago.
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Gregory Hill: Low hill to the west of Letterkenny.
simon3 3 days ago.
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GouganBarra: Conigar South Top
Onzy a day ago.
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Lackagh Mountain: Bog burst
simon3 a week ago.
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Uisneach Hill
Fergalh a month ago.
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Stranisk: Windmills of your Mind
sandman 2 weeks ago.
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Onzy a day ago.
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Cruach Eoghanach: Access Restrictions
MichaelG55 2 weeks ago.
Climbed Croaghonagh this evening with my wife and enjoyed superb views from the summit.NB. Be aware that due to new windfarm development that security prevent access to the forestry track. We were...

  
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Stookeen: The heathery top in 2008
wicklore 2 weeks ago.
I approached Stookeen from the south and parked at S940 675. From here I followed the Wicklow Way, and headed north along a delightful grassy track, with high hedgerows on each side. This was mudd...

  
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Ben Alder and Beinn Bheoil from Culra
melohara 2 days ago.
I walked this route some years ago after spending a night camping near Culra Bothy. I was reminded of it when, durin... walk, Len: 17.5km, Climb: 980m, Area: Loch Treig to Loch Ericht (Britain) Ben||


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