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dhmiriam
2011-03-04 15:53:03
Curiousier, and curiouser.
With regards to a spirit of enquiry, gently proposed by emp123, but provoked stoically by the debate stimulated by the passionate duo prior to commencement of work involved in the Mourne Upland Path Project:
Was a trial survey carried out on previously restored pathway areas? If so who carried out this survey? What were the findings? Were they published? Where can they be viewed or obtained from? Was the design right? Did it support differing gradients, such as those of steep, low and moderate gradient? Were minimal intervention techniques used as is generally commended to be most naturalistic and were these techniques also successful in areas of high level use? Were there any shifts of underground water movements since the path was first restored? What were the findings? In regards to subsequent management of such reworked pathways, is there a maintenance programme in place? Is it adhered to? What off-path usage issues, if any, were found? What was the success rate of erosion control? Had landscape recovered from the effects of the remedial work? Was the path found to be durable? Was attention paid to drainage maintenance? Was there any mobility of aggregate on gradients? Were there adequate blocking measures against off-path use? Have remedial works to pre-empt deterioration before it develops been implemented? Do the current managers and funding bodies of such projects appreciate that heavily used major paths, may need continual or regular upgrades, and what plans are in place to maintain such funding?
In short, was an Environmental Impact Statement or a Strategic Environmental Assessment or any type of Habitat appraisal sought or required given that the restorative work is being carried out within not only the Eastern Mournes Special Area of Conservation (a European level of habitat protection) and the designated national Area of Special Scientific Interest but also the water catchment for Silent Valley and Ben Crom reservoirs? Has the lead contractor of this, the Mourne Upland Path project, published or reported experience in sustainable path techniques or work in sensitive environments and is this information readily available.
Point of note, I am fortunate to live next door to a Special Area of Conservation, and fortunate again to have had the opportunity to dissuade (thus far) a quarry development in said area. In researching for the project I came across the Ordinance Survey of Ireland’s invaluable provision of Environmental Reports for the Republic of Ireland. I assume there is a counterpart in Northern Regions.
For those interested, links: http://www.mournelive.com/news/news/viewdetails.asp?newsID=503 http://www.cliverichardsonltd.co.uk/portfolio.php http://www.uplandpathtrust.org/images/BUFT_Conference_05.pdf
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Summit Comment
An Bhinn Bhuí: Benwee Loop walk towards Portacloy.
ucampbell 6 hours ago.
The Loop walks here are well signposted, it's a great idea to go out onto each headland.

  
Summit Comment
Doonvinalla N Top: Coastal Hill
sandman 10 hours ago.
On 26/4/2014 i spent a very enjoyable afternoon walking this area visiting the army observation hut and the stone constructed EIRE marking as part of an addition to the Benwee Head Loop walk but i...

  
Summit Comment
Doonvinalla N Top: Flat topped but hard to get to.
simon3 10 hours ago.
View from the west.

Summit Comment
Benwee NE Head: Jagged summit
simon3 10 hours ago.
View from the east.

  
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Benwee NE Head: Jagged summit
simon3 10 hours ago.
Picture from the west.

  
Summit Summary
Kid Island: Steepwalled island.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 12 hours ago.
Kid Island is very visible from Benwee Head.

Summit Comment
Buckaun East: Cliffy north edge.
simon3 12 hours ago.
This is a picture of Buckaun East taken from the valley below.. Obviously the safest way to go up and down this is to the left or south of the ridge.

  
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Buckaun East: Bump at the end of Buckaun ridge.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 12 hours ago.
This summit is almost an Arderin and almost a Carn. It makes a handy extra stop on the fringes of Maumtrasna, a place notoriously devoid of relief.

  
Summit Comment
Tievecrom: Ring of Hills
Bunsen7 a day ago.
Coming down off Slieve Gullion (Culann's Mtn) you get this lovely framed view of Forkhill sandwiched between Croslieve and Tievecrom. It's easy to understand how a village might pop up in such a n...

Track
Near Galtybeg, Galty Mountains (Ireland)
caiomhin 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 11.3km, Climb: 663m, Area: Galtybeg, Galty Mountains (Ireland) Galty...

  
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Barr na Coilleadh: Shapely perhaps phallic tower.
simon3 2 days ago.
Barnacuillew and it's Irish Aviation Authority radome pictured from the north.

  
Track
Circuit of Dirkbeg Lough - easier ascent
simon3 2 days ago.
The purpose of this walk is to reach the Maumtrasna plateau and Maumtrasna NE top (MNET). The lattter is quite possib... walk, Len: 11.6km, Climb: 564m, Area: Maumtrasna North-East Top, Partry/Joyce


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