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2009-02-22 16:40:00
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Quandary over Quads-follow up
Following on from my recent post about seeing quad bikers at work breaking through a fence in Wicklow and then reattaching the wire, I rang the duty ranger from the National Parks service. She explained that their area of responsibility was open hillside within the Wicklow Mountains National Park. Because this issue occurred in a forest it became a matter for Coillte. I dutifully rang Coillte, and the man I spoke to confirmed that quad bikes, scramblers etc are banned from Coillte forests whether they are on tracks or otherwise. He explained that this area is indeed plagued with this type of activity. As padodes and others can testify to, the bogs of Corrig, Seefingan etc in this area have been churned up leading to rapid erosion. When I told the Coillte chap that I had taken a surreptitious photo of the quad bikers he said that these people are dangerous and can be threatening if they find themselves being challenged (or photographed) His advice was to not challenge them but simply try to get registration numbers. However the quads did not have reg plates, and the vehicles for transporting them were elsewhere. So where does this leave things? My photo was too vague for identifying anyone, so it is useless. Coillte can only respond if they are in the area. Ditto for the National Park Rangers. It is too risky to challenge the bikers. Is this a no-win situation, with the forests and hillsides being the losers?


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Short walk even shorter! Killeagh Hill views & ring fort.
simoburn 11 hours ago.
walk, Len: 0.8km, Climb: 20m, Area: Killeagh, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Killeagh

  
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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 ...

  
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Bruse Hill: Bruse Summer 2017
TommyMc 6 days 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 ...

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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 ...

  
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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...

  
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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...

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Mullacor
JoHeaney 11 hours ago.
walk, Len: 9.1km, Climb: 537m, Area: Mullacor, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Mullaco...

  
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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 ...

  
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Knockastia: Behind quarry
Fergalh 3 days ago.
At Moate take road to the pretty village of Rosemount. Drive through village and turn left around west side of mountain. At quarry there is a sign for site of old church (N2401043352) proceed up t...

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Knocknaskagh: The fast and the furious.
TommyV a week ago.
Knocknaskagh is a fairly prominent hill in North Cork. It's possible to access via a Coilte forest entrance on the South East side mentioned by jackill. After about 500 metres, there is a smaller,...

  
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MV Gathering & Awards - This Friday!!
Onzy 3 days ago.
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Camlough Mountain: Army Dreamers
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker a week ago.
Relatively recent history has liberated Camlough Mountain from the bonds of the military: some metallic paraphernalia remains high on its slopes but if one puts that aside it's a cracking little e...


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