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Bleck Cra
2005-05-29 20:03:18
"Et Voila" from Bleck Cra Contract pics
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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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Summit Summary
Cnoc an Bhráca: The last hurrah of the high Reeks
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker 19 hours ago.
Cnoc an Bhráca, together with its near neighbour Cnoc na DTarbh, are the last (relatively) high summits along the great ridge of the Eastern Reeks; beyond here the ground gradually declines to the...

  
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WalkinIreland
WalkinIreland a day ago.
Walking Holiday Ireland provide self-guided hiking & guided walking tours in Ireland’s Ancient East and along the Wild Atlantic Way since 2012 for hiking & trekking enthusiasts from around t...

  
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Tievnabinnia: Bulky Sheeffrys summit
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker a day ago.
Tievnabinnia is the easternmost of the higher Sheeffry Hills, a distinctly bulky eminence where gently grassy upper slopes contrast with a series of steep corries to both north and south of its ge...

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Maumtrasna: A steep-sided fortress in the West
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker 2 days ago.
Maumtrasna is one of the most singular mountains in Ireland, a monumental sprawl of plateau plunging away in viciously steep slopes around almost all of its perimeter; these slopes are themselves ...

  
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Near Slieve Foye North-West Top, Cooley/Gullion (Ireland)
Gus a day ago.
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TommyMc 4 days ago.
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Onzy 5 days ago.
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BillWatson 6 days ago.
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TommyV a week ago.
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mcrtchly a week ago.
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TommyV a week ago.
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Onzy a week ago.
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