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This is a bad news good news one. I donít know why I ever go out of Connaught, but I did last week to West Cork. We walked the horseshoe from Tooth Mountain to Lackabane which was a treat, saw nobody and no sign of paths except where the ridge really forced a single route. Instead of doing the final top we dropped to the farm with the stone circle Ė incidentally noticing outside it a laminated sign ďRabach Glen walk Ė Adults 4 Euros Ė Children 2Ē. There was hardly time to get anxious about this when a slatternly female with a fag hanging from her lips emerged to hit us up for 8 Euros. Now, we argued, and Iíll accept Iím a woose for paying, but there were guns going off and 4x4s and three kilometres to the car. Heart of her argument was why should people be traipsing by and the poor bloody farmer not get a cut. OK weíd not been up the glen but weíd been on the land and look at the damage to the wire. We pointed out that all the wire on the ridge was down and we couldnít damage it. All the more reason for supplying funds to repair it, she said. Gill let loose with a volley about freedom of access in Scotland but you could see your one thinking that the Scottish farming community needed counselling about income streams.

Anyway this isnít good news for anyone casually taking the delights of the Rabachís Glen and itís not good for us denizens of the high tops Ė youíd be better off staying up for one more top to Deelis, the way off looks swampier but youíll save four euro a skull.

The good news is that the photo above can be disregarded. Itís from a fence below the Sron at the end of the Gougane Barra horseshoe. (Itís shron in your pronunciation, stron in ours, how come Gaelic uses three times as many letters as it needs half the time then gets involved in guessing games about the ones itís missed out?) The sign hacked us off at the time, two days after the Rabach Glen episode but we were told at the hotel that the man was a nutter but was now gone. Someone should haul down the signs.

I think too that a concerted effort on access is needed in Ireland. Where Iíve been walking itís not impacted me but visiting this area has come as a shock. Judging by other comments on MV this is the single biggest issue for Irish walking. Your rights seem even more tenuous than those of the English.
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Summit Comment
Dromderalough NE Top: Odd-looking formations
Colin Murphy 7 hours ago.
On my approach to the summit I came across a large field of hundreds of these rather striking formations, which I think are are moss-covered boulders, but which looked like giant green ant-hills o...

  
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Dromderalough NE Top: VL Number 273 bagged....
Colin Murphy 8 hours ago.
My final Vandeleur-Lynam! Unfortunately No. 273 wasn't the most distinctive summit (when I came off Mangerton I couldn't even pick it out on the landscape) , but the views from the top are tremend...

  
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Dromderalough NE Top: Long route from the south.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Colin Murphy 8 hours ago.
Not normally done in isolation, this top usually forms part of a walk involving Dromderalough itself or Mangerton. One approach is from the north, which has the advantage of a gently rising track ...

Forum: General
The Spine Race
IainT 11 hours ago.
The Spine Race is a 268 mile run up the Pennine Way in N England, run every January, often in vile conditions. Runners are unsupported but there are a few checkpoints where they can sleep or eat. ...

  
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Mullaghdoo: Winter has arrived in the Sperrins
eamonoc 23 hours ago.
View back over route taken from Mullaghclogha to Mullaghdoo

  
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Mullaghdoo: Winter has arrived in the Sperrins
eamonoc 22 hours ago.
Visited Mullaghdoo today, as part of a 16.4km tek over the Mullaghs, followed Onzy`s track 2570 and added on the walk out to Mullaghdoo and back from Mullaghclogha, much retracing of steps require...

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jgfitz 23 hours ago.
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Slievenaglogh: Pleasant 90 Minute Stroll
Pepe 3 days ago.
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Mangerton: The Lake District
TommyV 4 days ago.
Scapania's directions to the start are perfect. It's possible to make a looped walked taking in Stoompa and Mangerton which will allow for great views of so many lakes I won't list them. It's a fa...

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Naweeloge Top: Meh
magnumpig 4 days ago.
I followed Sandmans instructions - thanks for those - it's a bit of a time consuming and boring climb, and the views from the top arent great. I wouldnt prioritise it if you have time constraints ...

  
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Faroese High
mcrtchly 4 days ago.
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Ben More: Ben Vorlich (Loch Earn) and Stuc a' Chroin in the distance
melohara a week ago.
Ben Vorlich (Loch Earn) and Stuc a' Chroin in the distance from Ben More Crianlarich


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