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kernowclimber
2010-08-22 01:25:04
What lurks in the bracken and bilberry...
Whilst walking up the lower slopes of Scarr from Oldbridge today I happened to notice a small spider like critter on the front of my trousers just above the knee. I knew instantly that it was a tick although in all my years of walking I have not seen one for real before. I think it was probably a male Ixodes ricinus tick which is found in areas of short grass, bilberry and bracken.

This tick had not had a meal on me, as it was not much larger in size than a poppy seed and I had been careful to put DEET on my arms, face and hands before leaving the car. My trousers were the ones you can buy that are treated with repellent.

These minute, harmless looking creepy crawlies are, however, a real threat to walkers as they can be carriers of a number of diseases including Lyme Disease, a very serious illness if not diagnosed and treated promptly. The Countryside Alliance Ireland has a very useful page on the lifecycle of ticks, the diseases they cause, the symptoms, and how to be tick aware:

http://www.caireland.org/our_campaigns/rural_livelihoods_campaigns/Are_You_Tick_Aware?/

The article made my flesh creep!!!! Has anyone else seen ticks in Wicklow, or even been bitten by one?
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Brandon point to Sas Creek to Araglen
Fergalo 2 hours ago.
Brandon point to Sas Creek to Araglen returning to Brandon point be Teer bog road walk, Len: 16.2km, Climb: 554m, Area: Faill an tS?is, Brandon Group (Ireland) F...

  
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Dingle to Cloghane
Fergalo 2 hours ago.
Challenge walk from Dingle to Cloghane over the dingle way. walk, Len: 45.7km, Climb: 1592m, Area: Brandon Group (Ireland) Brandon, Brandon...

  
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An Starraicin
Fergalo 2 hours ago.
An Starraicin overlooking lockadun starting at the Lockadun start point Cloghane walk, Len: 9.0km, Climb: 533m, Area: An Starraic?n, Central Dingle (Ireland) An...

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Mountainviews Walk in the Mournes
BleckCra 3 hours ago.
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Croaghmuckros: A great reward for a leisurely stroll
bertandally 21 hours ago.
We parked up at the entrance to the comms mast access road at G6186975866 as we thought the access road was the best option for us as we had our 6 year old with us and regardless the recent weathe...

  
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Benbulbin & Kings Mountain from the north
Peter Walker 22 hours ago.
An English blow-in decided that St Patrick's Day needed some form of acknowledgement, so off he went to the most icon... walk, Len: 13.4km, Climb: 520m, Area: Kings Mountain, Dartry Mountains (Irelan

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Carronadavderg: Very unremarkable.
TommyV 23 hours ago.
Not much to add to the comments here except that there appears to be some maintenance work being carried out on the access road so there is a mound of gravel at the access gate so parking is a bit...

  
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Carricktriss Gorse: Looking for a trig in the trees.
TommyV a day ago.
Followed the directions provided by wicklore and jackhil. Happy to report that there is no sign of the rottweiler but the house does have a beware of the dog sign. Just to mention it's possible to...

  
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Knocknamuck: Usain Bolt.
TommyV a day ago.
This is purely for a quick bag. Accessed via the road mentioned in other comments. The area is now a small windfarm and there are signs at the access gate stating no unauthorized personnel. As the...

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El Hierro - Island Traverse
GSheehy a day ago.
Getting There :I took the (2h 45min) ferry from Tenerife/Los Cristianos to Puerto de la Estaca. I believe there may also walk, Len: 35.9km, Climb: 1455m, Area: Spain, Canary Islands ()

  
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Clomantagh Hill: The Kilkenny Burren.
TommyV a day ago.
Eamonoc's directions are spot on on but there is an obvious track made by a tractor so following this will also take you close to the summit. It's a lovely little walk but very obviously on farmla...

  
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Benbulbin: Remarkable mountain, watch out for access.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker a day ago.
There have been access difficulties regarding this summit. A simple approach to Benbulbin is to start at G684 451 however some have found difficulties here. A track leads to fields below a steep, ...


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