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Bleck Cra
2005-05-29 20:03:18
"Et Voila" from Bleck Cra Contract pics
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Plain Pretty
There is a swathe of County Down, frame of granite, sand and glacial alluvium, covered gossamer-light by a patchwork counterpane of sensual experiences of unnerving proportions. At its head, it is tucked into the soaring horseshoe wall of mountains from Binnian to Rocky; at its foot, into a sometime soft-breath reverie, sometime roaring nightmare of the Irish Sea. It is a true machair and it is so pretty, it makes your heart ache. It completely out-chocolates chocolate-box and reduces “picture-postcard” to paper and ink. At the Carrick Little track, it strafes stone walls and knowes with paintball yellows of whin and in Autumn blood-reds and greens of ripe rowan. At the Dunnywater it sprouts armsful of red and pink fuschia. From corners and bankings haughty hydrangeas hang heavy with electric blue blossom. And a symphony fills the senses with counterpoints of blazing colour, sound and smell. A series of switch-straight lanes bind bees and gnats, songbirds and sparrowhawks from the Carricks and Silent Valley to the sea and at every step, another hearth and honeysuckle home, herded by heaven-scented yellow roses, fiery crocosmia and manicured fairyland lawns. There is heaven on earth and just a little bit of it comes our way every day of every year here at the foot of Mother Mournes. In mid-summer when you descend by Annalong through this tableau, ‘round a stone corner you will look up and have to catch your breath - and you will remember airless cars taking you home from a favourite Aunt’s or packing up the picnic pieces in a setting sun or the empty silence after a Birthday party and plead “ Mum Mum just one more minute….” One way to catch this show is exit the Annalong Valley at the wall off Binnian - et voila.
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Knockastia: Behind quarry
Fergalh 14 hours 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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Bruse Hill: Bruse Summer 2017
TommyMc 3 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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MV Gathering & Awards - This Friday!!
Onzy a day ago.
ALL WELCOME !

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Belmore Mountain: A standing stone gathers all moss.
TommyV 4 days 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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Coastal Walk west of Mannin Bay
Onzy a day ago.
walk, Len: 13.6km, Climb: 107m, Area: Galway Coastal Hill (Ireland)

  
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Brougher Mountain: A quick bag.
TommyV 4 days 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 6 days 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...

  
Track
Knockatagglemore
caiomhin 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 1.0km, Climb: 30m, Area: Knockatagglemore, W Limerick/N Kerry (Irela...

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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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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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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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