MountainViews
Welcome to MountainViews
If you want to use the website often please enrol (quick and free) at top right.

General Whatever you want to say that doesn't fit under the comments about places or another forum.
Sort by >

More controls

<< Prev page 1 .. 309 310 311 312 313 314 .. 392 Next page >>
Post details Post   (Contract pics)
My wife and I will.. by upchucka   (Show all posts)
Hi Jackill, Thanks.. by ChrisG   (Show all posts)
I came across this.. by Alex92   (Show all posts)
I've tried v1.89 o.. by csd   (Show all posts)
PDTempan's quest f.. by weedavie   (Show all posts)
Version 1.89 is av.. by pazapas   (Show all posts)
I went last Wednes.. by Kantabria   (Show all posts)
can read these pag.. by Alanstb   (Show all posts)
wicklore
2009-02-06 00:10:14
"Sally Gap-looks can be deceiving" from wicklore Contract pics
Picture: Sally Gap-looks can be deceiving (Contract pics)

The Infamous Sally Gap
Some words always seem to come together to create familiar phrases: Media Frenzies, people Wielding Swords, Angry Mobs and, of course, Cold Snaps and Big Freezes. Whenever there’s a heavy fall of snow another familiar phrase appears-the Sally Gap becomes Impassable. What is guaranteed is that the appearance of this phrase will then immediately attract ill-prepared drivers. So what is this infamous Sally Gap? Well the Military Road (R115) runs North-South from Rathfarnham in Dublin across the Dublin and Wicklow Mountains to Glenmalure and beyond. Over 40 miles of bog road that can at times be either the loneliest or busiest stretch of tarmacadam in the country. Crossing the mountains from East to West is the R759, travelling from near Roundwood to Kilbride and the N81in West Wicklow. Between them the two roads give substantial access to the very heart of the Dublin/Wicklow range. The point where these two roads intersect is known as Bearnas na Diallaite (Gap of the Saddle) or Sally Gap.(O130 110 on OSI map no.56) At about 520 metres altitude, Sally Gap provides the setting for two of the highest through-roads in the country. However there are no fear-inspiring cliffs or vertigo-inducing sheer drops. (For these you must turn left at the crossroads if travelling from Dublin to take in the drop to the corrie of Lough Tay). Rather than cliffs and alpine crags, the Sally Gap is in a setting of vast blanket bog that sweeps in all directions. Rising from the surrounding bog are, amongst others, Kippure, Tonduff, Luggala, Djouce Mountain and Carrigvore. The source of the River Liffey is also close by. From the Sally Gap there are expansive views as the bog gradually slopes away to the west. Years of driving in this area means I have seen many curious sights-cars burned out, cars driven off the road, lost tourists poring over maps, and an overturned fire tender. I have also witnessed a version of joy-riding where the car thieves drive without lights at night. This can be an unforgiving road where a moment’s distraction will see you in the deep drainage ditches that often run alongside. I’m sure the recent dramatic ski rescue of numerous people near the Sally Gap by members of Wicklow Mountain Rescue will be covered on MV. I know that hordes of people in 4x4 vehicles head directly to this area when they hear the magic phrase “The Sally Gap is Impassable”. It’s interesting to note that there are signs on approach roads that state ‘Roads in The Sally Gap Area may be Impassable in Winter Months’ or words to that effect. However these signs, and the repeated warnings on the Media, are not enough. Even after the ski rescue, Mountain Rescue had to attend another car the following day that was stranded in snow near the Pier Gates in the general area of Sally Gap. Perhaps in times of heavy snow authorities should simply close the approach roads further down the mountains to prevent these silly and dangerous episodes that put so many at risk.
apologies to van t.. by maclimber   (Show all posts)


RECENT CONTRIBUTIONS 1 2 3 .. 25 Next page >>
Track
A bush-wackery experience to the trig point of Barranisky.
simoburn an hour ago.
A fun outing to the summit of Barranisky. For the best part forest tracks but the last 300 meters or so involve some b... walk, Len: 6.4km, Climb: 237m, Area: Barranisky, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Bar

  
Track
Oughtmore the lesser
Peter Walker 4 hours ago.
walk, Len: 1.6km, Climb: 117m, Area: Oughtmore, Sperrin Mountains (Ireland) Oug...

  
Track
Slieve Rushen
Peter Walker 4 hours ago.
walk, Len: 2.5km, Climb: 41m, Area: Slieve Rushen, Breifne (Ireland) Slieve Rus...

Track
Forest walk to the summit of Westaston Hill
simoburn 5 hours ago.
walk, Len: 3.9km, Climb: 109m, Area: Westaston Hill, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) W...

  
Track
Short walk even shorter! Killeagh Hill views & ring fort.
simoburn 20 hours ago.
walk, Len: 0.8km, Climb: 20m, Area: Killeagh, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Killeagh

  
Summit Comment
Belmore Mountain: A standing stone gathers all moss.
TommyV a week ago.
As mentioned by Harry Goodman, it's possible to drive along Belmore forest for almost two kilometers as far as a black forestry gate. There is also a standard gate here on the right giving access ...

Summit Comment
Bruse Hill: Bruse Summer 2017
TommyMc a week ago.
Since a big gorse fire in 2016, this hill is once more easily accessible to casual walkers and has been widely visited this summer. An easy approach is possible by taking the L6636 minor road off ...

  
Summit Comment
Brougher Mountain: A quick bag.
TommyV a week ago.
Nothing much to add to the comments already. Drove most of the way up from the North side of the hill to within 450 metres of the trig point. Nothing to recommend to anybody who is looking to get ...

  
Summit Comment
Croghan Hill: Broken Trig Pillar to be replaced
TommyMc a week ago.
The recent damage to the Croghan Hill trig pillar is covered in an article in this week's Offaly Independent. The good news is that Offaly County Council plans to replace the damaged pillar to its...

Summit Comment
Slievereagh: To drive or not to drive?
TommyV a week ago.
Geo's directions are spot on. At the aforementioned Coilte forest entrance there is a sign staing no unauthorized vehicles beyond this point as the gate may close at any point. However as the Lazy...

  
Track
Mullacor
JoHeaney 20 hours ago.
walk, Len: 9.1km, Climb: 537m, Area: Mullacor, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Mullaco...

  
Summit Comment
Seefin Mountain W Top: Two summits one hike.
TommyV a week ago.
Nothing to add to the directions provided by melohara. Just to mention two things, the parking place was littered with close to a hundred empty beer cans, it looks like there was a party there or ...


RECENT CONTRIBUTIONS 1 2 3 .. 25 Next page >>