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2012-11-06 13:57:45
"" from lennyantonelli Contract pics
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poisoned ground, literally
I asked a question here a week or two ago about access to the east side of Lackavrea (near Maam Cross) from the western way — the western way used to follow this route, but was rerouted through the monotonous Coilte plantation nearby. I was drawn to explore the old route by the presence on the map of a tiny broadleaf woodland, sandwiched between the mountain and Lough Corrib, particularly as there are a few other scraps of ancient woodland in the area. The fact I couldn't find anything about this woodland online made it all the more intriguing.

Anyway, I will post more detailed information on the page for the summit itself in due course. But I followed the old footpath of the western way from near the viewing point for the Hill of Doon to the woodland on heavily waterlogged ground. The slog was worth it though: though its understorey is grazed by sheep the woodland is a stunning like broadleaf forest with dense ferns and moss, and some little streams pouring down through it, and there's an old cottage too

I retraced my steps back towards the current route of the western way, only to spot the sign (see pic) along the old route of the western way (around grid ref M 012 485) that I'd missed when I entered the path of the old route. So it seems an access issue is to blame for the rerouting, which is a shame, as the old path goes through some of the remotest and most picturesque terrain in Connemara.

On a more practical note, how seriously should I take the sign? Is there actually likely to have poison the land, does anyone reckon? It was a fairly big swathe of bogland. I'm just wondering seeing as I was slipping and sliding all over the shop and my feet got drenched, though my skin hasn't started peeling off yet thankfully. Guess I should give my gear a good rinse down though maybe?

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jackill an hour ago.
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mlmoroneybb a day ago.
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FrankMc1964 a day ago.
Navigate most of the mountains along the west................member of Limerick Climbing Club.....One of the founder members of Mountain Meitheal Southeast doing Path repair around the Galtees.

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