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brenno
2012-09-16 16:08:01
Keepin Ireland Clean 2
Just to add to march-fixer's comments a few minutes ago, it's not generally known that the Spink boardwalk above Glendalough (which he mentions) leading to Lugduff consistently tops the charts for call-outs by the two mountain rescue teams in Wicklow - usually for lower legs injuries suffered by people slipping off the board walk. Just shows that you can install as many "safety features" as you like on the mountains, but in high usage areas where poorly-equipped walkers are common, there will always be a large number of accidents.
I've mixed views about paths and boardwalks being built on the mountains. I'm old enough to remember the Spink when it became a swamp from about October onwards and believe that the boardwalk here isn't the worst or most intrusive feature. Likewise, the WW between Djouce and the Pier Gates which would be virtually impassable if not the board walk. I do however have issues with engineering-type works such as that on the Glenealo above the zig-zags at Glendalough and also the work down from Curtlestown Wood up to Prince Williams Seat. I don't know the stretches in the Mournes being mentioned by other posters but some of the pictures posted are pretty awful.
A thorny question - do we want to encourage more people onto the mountains by installing boardwalks and graded tracks (and by the way we aren't the only ones doing this - New Zealand trails include lots of "improved" sections) - or do we want to make the mountains accessible only to those who have the ability and equipment to do so without third party help.
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Cashloura: An enjoyable walk for all ages
CaminoPat 17 hours ago.
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An Bhinn Bhuí: Benwee Loop walk towards Portacloy.
ucampbell 2 days ago.
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sandman 2 days ago.
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simon3 2 days ago.
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simon3 4 days ago.
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Benwee NE Head: Jagged summit
simon3 2 days ago.
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simon3 4 days ago.
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caiomhin 3 days ago.
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simon3 4 days ago.
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Benwee NE Head: Jagged summit
simon3 2 days ago.
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BleckCra 4 days ago.
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simon3 4 days ago.
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