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Bleck Cra
2012-04-16 19:20:08
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SWITCH TRACK IN THE MOURNES
It’s like television. If something offends you, don’t look at it. The ghastly butchering of the Glen River track in the Mournes by the Mournes Heritage Trust ….. if you can’t face it, which I can’t, don’t look at it.
… and so other routes and tracks, since many years untrammelled by interruption and untrod or never at all, open creaky doors and welcome you to their sumptious realms.
Such is the boggy and befangled track North-to-South on to Slieve Commedagh. Featureless and in the main, pointless, given your back is to anything worth watching, on to endless heath and … endless more heath.
But stop a few times on Shanlieve, rest your bones and take in the magic behind you that is Dundrum Bay.
This day, sun, the sharpness of shrapnel strafes golden coves from Dundrum to St John’s Point; winter clouds like railway carriages rumble drunkenly above an ancient horizon; and a counterpane of fractured Irish fieldscape cuckoons you in your idle reverie.
Another pull and on to the target – slip East on to the rim of Pulgarve and hug the drop until it shakes you off on its route to the Saddle. Beneath you, the world plummets like a stone and bursts into a sapphire blue tapestry, stitched by Galloway, Cumbria, the Lake District and as if at your fingertips, mystical Ellan Vannin.
On Commedagh’s blank summit, a new horizon starts to open and by the time you are at the wall, you will have most of the Eastern Mournes in the frame.
You could of course go up the MHT’s new track …….


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Forum: General
THE POWER OF WORDS
Pepe 7 hours ago.
There I was scratching around on Slieve Binnian. Up top, I bumped into a couple out hillwalking for the day. Pleasantries were exchanged – which way did you come up, fabulous views, the weather – ...

  
Summit Comment
Slieve Binnian: Mind how you go on a route Not Recommended
Pepe 11 hours ago.
Climbed this yesterday on the route leading from Brackenagh Bridge. Chose this route because I wanted to do Moolieve and the Wee Binnian on the way up. On a plus note a local farmer kindly let me ...

  
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An Bhinn Bhuí: A spectacular landscape
Damian120 12 hours ago.
It's a seldom-visited area of County Mayo yet it boasts some of the most impressive coastal architecture in the entire country. After spending five years covering and exploring the landscape of th...

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Buckaun - Binnaw circuit.
simon3 13 hours ago.
Hydro scheme at Lough Nadirkmore.The walk starts from a point high in an east facing coum of Maumtrasna. This road goes walk, Len: 5.8km, Climb: 368m, Area: Partry/Joyce Country (Ireland)

  
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Croghan Kinsella
jgfitz a day ago.
This is a variation on track #3938, so I will avoid repeating the comments made there, with which I fully agree. This... walk, Len: 11.4km, Climb: 412m, Area: Croghan Kinsella, Dublin/Wicklow (Irelan

  
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Knocknalougha South Top
Onzy a day ago.
Route to Knocknalougha South Top from Crow Hill carpark ... as outlined by melohara on the Hill Page... walk, Len: 11.7km, Climb: 430m, Area: Knocknalougha South Top, Knockmealdown Mo...

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12 (Listed) Bens - Revisited
GSheehy 3 days ago.
I was drawn back by the lure of completing the 2002 - 12 Bens Challenge route. I got the details from John J. Cotter w... walk, Len: 29.1km, Climb: 2598m, Area: Benglenisky, Twelve Bens (Ireland) Ben

  
Forum: General
Re: Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon
Peter Walker 2 days ago.
Hi daithi07The 'what's left to do in Ireland' article currently lives largely in my head rather than anywhere more tangible. It will see the light of day at some point in the next few months. I am...

  
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Greece, Pelion Peninsula: Paou to Chorto return
Onzy a week ago.
walk, Len: 8.3km, Climb: 237m, Area: Greece, Thessaly ()

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Greece, Pelion Peninsula: Affisos to Afetes return (2)
Onzy a week ago.
walk, Len: 9.7km, Climb: 458m, Area: Greece, Thessaly ()

  
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Big Collin: Permission required?
StephenMullin a week ago.
Hi thereCan anybody tell me if permission is required to walk up Big Collin? If so, how does one go about obtaining this?Many thanks!

  
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Anglesey Mountain: Great Carlingford views from a so-so top
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy a week ago.
There is enough space to park one car at 100 167, just on the edge of a wood around a sharp u-bend. Proceed north for 100m before turning NE up a gentle slope, although the terrain is treacherous ...


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