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dhmiriam
2011-09-02 20:13:06
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I have it in writing that ‘If you don’t climb the Mountain, you can’t see the View’, and on very good authority too. So while all eight of the Scavvy Seven took to the high road, the sub-culture did other things. From Newcastle pier, one gets a different take on the Mournes. The yacht club were out in force, the gulls stuffed full early, happy on the beach, a sure sign all was well abroad the water, and the weather up. The pier end littered with baskets, net and line, and a grey-blue–oyster-shell sea, shimmering light back off the sunken rocks all along the Newcastle road out of town toward Annalong. Winds filling the sails, the small boats skimming briskly along; in contrast, how it must have been, on high seas, pre-tourism, when the men went out to fish for dinner and their keep. Being a landlubber, I can only wonder what the Mournes look like from out across the water, so I go not to the boats but the books. E. Estyn Evans, in his chapter titled, ‘Luggers and Long Lines’, speaks of the fishermen from these areas who were also farmers, who knew these mountains intimately both from land and sea, their mountain views, truly panoramic. The landmarks these high grounds afforded the sea farer, were used to guide them to their fishing grounds and home again. ‘The names read like a poem. There are, for example, the Two Hills, the Blue Hills, the Three Tallies, and the North Mountain Foot; the Small Pike, the Long Land and Marleys-on-the-Ditch; the Horsemen, the Bleachyards, McVeigh’s-in-the-Glen, Rook’s Chimney, Henry’s Lumps, Nicky’s Easens, and the Old Mill Stump. ......The Horsemen, for example, are the tors on Chimney Rock, with the General leading the others, his horse’s back proudly curved against the clouds. Others have a delightful intimacy, based often on nicknames of long-vanished shore-dwellers, Nip-me-hip’s and Kibby’s Easens…..These, and marks such as the Rector’s Bushes and Issac’s-on-the-Hill, were guides to the inshore fishermen who were never far from land and knew its every curve, tree and chimney. One of the best remembered was Donal’s Light, described to me as “always burning behind a red blind in Donal O’Hare’s kitchen on the Lee Stone Brae.”’ Evans’ ‘Mourne Country’ makes for good company, when that has gone to the hills, and O’Hare’s was delightfully lit on return with gifts, recount, the declension of verb, sub-culture, the poets, vanishing acts, and most of whatever you’d be having yourself. Try the eight, and many thanks Cra, jackill, et al for great company on return.


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Kate's to John's - Na Sléibhte Club Walk
GSheehy 6 hours ago.
When we set up the club we said it was all about the economics of supply and demand - if we supplied challenging walk... walk, Len: 24.9km, Climb: 2015m, Area: Tomies North Top, Purple Mountain (Irel

  
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Carrauntoohil via the 'Back Ladder' from the Bridia Valley
peter1 20 hours ago.
Park at a small turning place, just opposite The Stepping Stone / Cooky Monsters accommodation and cafe.The route fol... walk, Len: 11.5km, Climb: 1097m, Area: Carrauntoohil, MacGillycuddy's Reeks (I

  
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Mweelrea: Coastal mountains
simon3 2 days ago.
Ben Bury and Mweelrea form an impressive sight from Clare Island.

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Binn Bhriocáin: Long views of a stepped descent.
simon3 2 days ago.
Letterbreckaun can be seen from Clare island, around 33km away. It appears between Mweelrea and the high ground towards the Sheefrys.

  
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Caherbarnagh East Top: An unremarkable summit, worth the visit for the views.
David-Guenot 4 days ago.
The summit is unremarkable though easy to spot as it lies along the fence.

  
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Caherbarnagh East Top: An easy stroll from Caherbarnagh.
David-Guenot 4 days ago.
There is a gate to cross when coming down from the cairn at the NE end of the main Caherbarnagh ridge (I found it was actually easier to cross the fence just right of the gate). There is a faint t...

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Caherbarnagh East Top: A worthwhile addition.
David-Guenot 4 days ago.
This summit is easily reached from the main Caherbarnagh ridge and seems easy enough to get to from Curracahill as well. If coming from Caherbarnagh, best is to cross the fence just before the col...

  
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The Paps East: Two shapely hills.
TommyV a week ago.
There is a forestry road in the Clydagh Valley with parking at W12955 83343. Following this road will lead you out onto the open mountain. From here it's a steep pull up to spot height 562 metres ...

  
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Croghan Kinsella & Tops
Peter Walker 23 hours ago.
walk, Len: 9.6km, Climb: 411m, Area: Croghan Kinsella, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland)...

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Caherbarnagh: A mini horseshoe
TommyV a week ago.
I mostly followed Aidands directions. There is now a sign on the road marking the path for the Dulhallow Way at beside the bungalow mentioned by Aidand, and several more going through the private ...

  
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Musheramore: Follow the fence.
TommyV a week ago.
As mentioned in other comments the entrance to the Millstreet County Park is an ideal spot to approach Musheramore from. Over the stile across the road and simply hand rail the fence all the way t...

  
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Corrigasleggaun and Slieve Maan
Peter Walker a day ago.
walk, Len: 17.8km, Climb: 541m, Area: Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Corrigasleggaun,...


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