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David Kirk
2012-03-26 08:34:29
"The old Glen River track was under the boulders on the left - the new one is on the right" from David Kirk Contract pics
Picture: The old Glen River track was under the boulders on the left - the new one is on the right (Contract pics)

David Kirk
Bleck Cra my son – let apoplexy be thy name! You have expressed annoyance at the acts of the great and good in trying to counter ‘vibram erosion’ in the hills by the building of engineered trackways. You ain’t seen nothin’ yet! If you fancy taking the Glen River track to Donard, walking in your old footsteps and stumbling round your old pot-holes – you’d better take your GPS to find them, or rather where they were, because they ain’t no more. Where the old rutted route was – and no one could deny it had become a nightmare – is now a helicoptered-in boulder-field with a smooth and bouncy new gravelled track alongside it. With work still in progress involving two four-ton diggers the new track is stretching almost two kilometres from the Newcastle Forest boundary. Fifty years ago I was part of the team that planted the forestry trees beside which the track runs. Then it was level with the bottom of the rabbit fence we built – now it is (or was!) in places many feet below it and had become an example of path erosion at its worst. It will take a long time before the new exposed rocks mellow and cease to be a scar but in this case I think it really was essential – and will be worth it. The Mourne Heritage Trust are doing the work and notices explain the reasons – and it’s not all about making for easier walking, with habitat damage and river pollution even more important considerations.
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