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Bleck Cra
2006-04-03 19:15:01
A New View in Belfast
‘bout ye Michael McA. Divis and them’uns? Now available to you and me, courtesy of The National Trust and other heroes. See www.belfasthills.org. Not least amongst the historic things happening “up (th)’ere”, is the presentation of these novelties to the public: gates, roads, parking spots; the lot. We found ourselves yesterday drawn irresistibly up on to their broad shoulders. Just for a wee dander. Study a 1to50 and you may ask “The Belfast Hills, why?” 1to25 and still no answer. A low flying aeriel shot - no real clues. But visit and the reasons are there, suddenly there, appearing from behind soft, mossy horizons. The views across Belfast to the sea, panning the beautiful Lagan Valley, spotlighting Croob and the dramatic Mournes, to vast Lough Neagh and the strange Sperrins, are nothing short of stunning. I expect that with some vis from atop these bleak items, you will be able to get the whole of NI, the whole unexpected expanse of the thing, on one frame. What New Management has brought, is a Spring Clean and a fabulous network of mat-tracks opening up otherwise inaccessible terrain - terrain from which I envisage emerges a panoply of floral and faunal wonders. Melancholy with the skeletons of ancient fairy thorn hedges, the dead bones of neolithic stoneworks, television and army masts - but kind of magic. Very open and exposed and kin to the Western Border hills of Scotland. There is vehicular access virtually to the tops, so you can do them at a stroll. Myself, I mean to contrive some tough routes from ground level up through the city and shall report back. Find the Upper Springfield Road out of West Belfast and follow your nose and’ ‘ere’s Divis mynt’n National Trust Carpark. Expect little but be mesmerised.
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Cnoc an Bhráca: The last hurrah of the high Reeks
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker a day 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 2 days 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 3 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.
Tough ascent from the carpark, but once on the ridge is reasonably easy with an identifiable track. On the return kee... walk, Len: 8.7km, Climb: 413m, Area: Slieve Foye North-West Top, Cooley/Gullio

  
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Corn Hill: New Pathway around the Summit
TommyMc 5 days ago.
A new pathway around the summit has been installed over the summer. Walkers are now met with a locked gate within circa 50 yards of the masts and trig point, but a new and quite attractive pathway...

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Wicklow: Cullentragh Mountain
Onzy 5 days ago.
Easiest route to an hill that is really just a point on the way to Mullacor and beyond ... run, Len: 5.0km, Climb: 185m, Area: Cullentragh Mountain, Dublin/Wicklow (Irela...

  
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Kells Mountain East Top: Great hike up Kells East
BillWatson a week ago.
Three of us climbed this. My nephew cooled off in Roads Lough on the way up. The weather was nearly perfect. It was steep but manageable. This is my first entry on MV.

  
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Whiddy Island: Short island visit.
TommyV a week ago.
Whiddy Island is a short ferry ride from Bantry Bay. As I was under time constraints to be back on the mainland to watch Clare loose another Munster final, we made a quick walk from the quay to th...

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A Postcard from the Edge
mcrtchly a week ago.
This summer we spent 2 weeks in the Faroe Islands, a remote arrowhead-shaped archipelago of 18 basalt islands rising up walk, Len: 4.3km, Climb: 216m, Area: Faroe Islands, Nor?oyar ()

  
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Vinegar Hill: Steeped in history.
TommyV a week ago.
The history of this place takes precedence over the actual scenery but there are lovely views over the town of Enniscorthy.

  
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Croagh Patrick & Lugnademon
Onzy a week ago.
walk, Len: 7.1km, Climb: 756m, Area: Lugnademon, Croagh Patrick (Ireland) Lugna...


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