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tgormley
2007-04-20 16:51:52
Bikes & All
There is a problem about access to the hills and it seems to get worse as the amount of wilderness decreases while the number of people trying to enjoy it in various ways multiplies.

I always feel ambivalent when I see bicycles; horsey types tell me they hate to see walkers; farmers don't seem to want anyone on the hills who can't pay by the yard; and we all hate quads. And if all of us keep destroying the more obviously habitable parts of the planet, some landowner is sure to put an auctioneer's sign on Tom Milligan's "rebel's cave" or the lee side of one of padodes' erratics before long.

Whatever about potential interference with rights to private property, the uplands are in need of management and, in fairness, the people with the most immediate responsibility for that management are the people who get the most profit and pleasure out of the resource.

Whether we ride horses or bikes or go by shanks' mare (I draw the line at quads but I'm taking counselling for it) we need to get together with those who make a living on the uplands and see to their maintenance. As David Herman points out, a good deal of taxpayers' money has gone into supporting farming communities, particularly near wilderness areas; their appreciation is due in the form of access for all; but this should not have to include cleaning up after leisure users, whether by picking up our litter, restoring damaged fences or trying to reclaim land destroyed by boots and wheels.
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Quick up and down Knockakishaun
markwallace 3 hours ago.
Starts from layby opposite a house about 1km before the road crosses the bridge over the Bunowen River.Short traverse ... walk, Len: 4.4km, Climb: 308m, Area: Knockakishaun, Croagh Patrick (Ireland)

  
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MOUNTAINVIEWS MEMBERS MEET SEPTEMBER 2018
liz50 a day ago.
Traverse of Brandon Ridge is scheduled for Saturday 8th September. The walk from the Connor Pass to Brandon Creek is around 18km with 1300m ascent taking around 7 hours. There is a slightly shorte...

  
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Burrane Upper
conormcbandon 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 0.8km, Climb: 43m, Area: Burrane Upper, Clare Coastal Hill (Ireland)...

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Knockakishaun: Bunowen River can present problems
markwallace 2 days ago.
Parked at a layby further up the valley from the crossing point mentioned in James Sheerin's comment to do a circuit of Laghta Eighter and Knockakishaun. Access to Laghta Eighter was easy from hig...

  
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Kilmore
conormcbandon 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 1.0km, Climb: 26m, Area: Kilmore, Clare Coastal Hill (Ireland) Kilmo...

  
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Crocknafarragh: The High Route around Glentornan Lough
jsramsey1491 3 days ago.
Last Thursday (16/08/2018) a few friends and I decided to do a recce of a walk around Glentornan Lough. We started close to the Gaelic pitch on the southwestern shore of Lough Nacung Upper, passed...

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An Bhinn Bhuí: Benwee Head Loop.
sandman 4 days ago.
As already stated Benwee Head has some of the most dramatic costal scenery in Ireland and with this in mind i decided to enjoy on a clear sunny day the joys of walking the 12.4km of the Benwee Hea...

  
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Oileán an Bhromaigh
conormcbandon 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 1.1km, Climb: 21m, Area: Oile?n an Bhromaigh, Galway Islands (Irelan...

  
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Knocknanacree: Storm Beach and Cliffs at lower western reaches
Bunsen7 4 days ago.
A view of "Acres" from Minard Beach. This is apparently a geologically interesting spot in itself as it is a storm beach comprised of large sandstone boulders. The castle is on private land and no...

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Cnoc Mordain
conormcbandon 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 10.0km, Climb: 457m, Area: Cnoc Mord?in, South Connemara (Ireland) C...

  
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Knockafeehane: From the horse's mouth
Bunsen7 4 days ago.
This is the trail description post at Q59652 00497. It summarises the route if taken from east to west, as per track 3881.Vastly superior to my own garbled efforts!Annascaul obviously is a very we...

  
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Barraderry
conormcbandon 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 1.2km, Climb: 40m, Area: Barraderry, Galway Coastal Hill (Ireland) B...


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