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Claude Hopper
2005-03-14 21:53:45
Hello bfawcus, we have much in common, like the reasonably fit, but especially the middle aged. Also like yourselves I came to Eire late, having spent many years in the hills in Britain. There are many contributors on this very good website better qualified than I to advise. All I should say is one of your nearest points also happens to be the highest hill in Ireland and also some impressive tops around it. Pick up a map of MacGillycuddy's Reeks and it will point you towards the best walking scrambling and climbing in Ireland and for all levels. I would definitely recommend John Murray's version with map and excellent booklet accompanying.
2005-03-01 22:29:37
Can anyone recommend any interesting walks/scrambles within easy reach of Beaufort / Killarney? We are middle-aged but reasonably fit and have done the likes of Snowdon, Tryfyn, etc, but haven't been in Eire before!
Bleck Cra
2005-03-01 17:50:07
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Ah sure, you never have to wait long. Currently scouring the Mournes for a fitness level suitable for a Women’s Cancer Charity Challenge, is a small, scrubbed, desperate critter whom we shall call “Dotty”, (for fear of getting my bake knocked in). I met her a couple of weeks back, knocking Donard’s bake in. She is loud, straightforward, has as much interest in the cache of the sport as fly and calls a spade a spade - well almost. This Saturday I met her on the Brandy Pad below the Castles. “Here he comes!” she shouts to her companion, unaffected that we have only ever met once before. This companion is Eastern European, stunning, with a ring through her conk, a hundredweight hank of hair in a ponytail and an accent that would melt Alec Ferguson’s dentures. Indulge me this detail. After a lot of slapping and thumping, Dot, perhaps to me, perhaps to Ninochka, perhaps to no one at all, aims a sweeping gesture towards Slieve Beg and assures “That is Cove” and to Cove, “That is Beg. And which one is La Manga?” I paused …. for oxygen. “That’ll be the one around Andalucia somewhere”, I thought. Nina smiled at me, no doubt fluent in sixteen languages and a first in Cartography. “Hah” I said, trying to say “Ah”. “Hah - that is Slieve Beg, that one Cove Mountain and that one (nice and clearly now) is Lamagan. “Yes” says Dotters, “Lumumum.” And I thought, the price we have paid to bask in the sweet warm mud of our modern world is innocence - good on you girl: call it what you like. Go bag it and bag it again - and one day she will overtake us…., when running up “La Manga”. Pic North of La Manga.
2005-03-01 15:28:27
Has anybody got problems with rights of way? I use the countryside quite a bit, whether by hoof, paw or boot, and recently I came across a situation which was resolved by communication. On hoof, my friends and I used a "mass path" which was between fields and did not cross any fenced land from a small track to a small road - about half a mile in length. The right of way is registered and was open for many years until a security issue was raised as an elderly gentleman's house was burgled who lived in a house on the track, also the track became notorious for after hours enjoyment, the used and discarded proof was left for all to see. The gentleman and his neighbour set about erecting a security gate so that absolutely nobody could get along the right of way. But, after a meeting, the security gate now has a space wide enough for large horses and the land owners are happy for hoof paw and boot to tread the path.
2005-03-01 09:35:32
Thanks all for the input. He obeys well, so I'll plan on taking him to more isolated peaks. Cheers.
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

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 ?

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Doan: Doan Silhouette
simon3 19 hours ago.
Walkers on Doan with the silhouette of Slieve Binnian North Tor.The Mournes is full of distant interesting alignments.

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Slieve Binnian North Tor: A fine rocky perch.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 16 hours ago.
Start at Carrick Little car park J345 219 and follow the adjacent track N to cross a stone stile. Once over continue along the track as it swings NW to pass Annalong Wood and, some distance f...

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Slievelamagan: Seven hundred metres top needing a pull up of 300m
simon3 19 hours ago.
Slievelamagan flanked by the Ben Crom reservoir to the left and Blue Lough to the right. It's south side seen here is a sapping 300m ascent.

Steady Alpine Paced Track
JohnA a week ago.
walk, Len: 18.2km, Climb: 915m, Area: Stoney Top, Wicklow (Ireland) Stoney Top|...

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Slieve Commedagh: View from the south above several tops.
simon3 19 hours ago.
There's a long ridge from Slievenagloch to Slieve Commedagh. Seen here is one view of part of the ridge with the summit area just peeping above Slievelamagan.

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Musheramore: Don't bring Fido.....
Fergalh 2 days ago.
Walked a section of the Dullahallow way last weekend and my walking companion Kai mentioned that she had heard that there was issues with dogs on Mushera. Than we came upon this sign which sp...

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Binn Mhór: A steep, rocky summit in the Eastern Maamturks
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 4 days ago.
Binn Mhór sits high above Maumeen, the well-known col with its chapel and holy well. There are severe cliffs along its N face but the climb from Maumeen avoids these. The upper reaches of BM ...

Wicklow Gap (north) Tonelagee Wet Day Route
simon3 2 weeks ago.
walk, Len: 9.0km, Climb: 497m, Area: Tonelagee, Wicklow (Ireland) Tonelagee, St...

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Sugarloaf Hill: Steep sided hill over looking The Vee and with widespread views
Collaborative entry Last edit by: markmjcampion 5 days ago.
Sugarloaf Hill is a v steep roadside hill in the middle of the Knockmealdown range. It lies on the Tipp-Waterford border and provides extensive views of both these counties incl. the Golden V...

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Sugarloaf Hill: Coming from from the west
wicklore 5 days ago.
Bank Holiday Monday last was my first trip to the Knockmealdowns. I decided to start with Sugarloaf Hill and make my way across to Knockmealdown and beyond. I am unfamiliar with this area, bu...

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The Playbank: Cavan or Leitrim?
Geo 6 days ago.
Am I reading my map incorrectly or is this summit not in Cavan rather than Leitrim?Yes it's Cavan as far as I can see. The border with Leitrim runs over the hill, but the top is in Cavan. Fixed.

Knickeen Corriebracks Loop
BrianKennan 2 weeks ago.
Its an interesting and challenging walk across very varied terrain, seldom crossed in some areas, and with excellent... walk, Len: 19.7km, Climb: 850m, Area: Sugarloaf, Wicklow (Ireland) Sugarloaf,||

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