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Bleck Cra
2005-03-31 17:14:57
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Picture: Cra's Nest (Contract pics)

Chilly? Take a large rucksac and the bare minimum for a night on the hill. Tent - check. Sleeping bag - check. Lamp ….. and so on. Kenwood mixer - check. Bind yourself in and lit out up the Glen River for the grassy platforms pre the Pots. In minutes you will be praying for frostbite. Last time Cra was toting kit this size, he was off to fight for Franco. Now, remember the physics of bearing a small village on your shoulders. Lean slightly forward and it will bury you, teeth first, in the bog. In rivers, it will hold you under until drowned. But my favourite is fences. Gravity meets centrifugal force and suddenly it whips you ‘round like a nite-club bouncer; you hang on until the fence unpicks itself and encases you in a cocoon of barbed wire - this way it’s easier for the farmer to find and shoot you. She’s a Commedagh, but not accommodating (apologies) and in porridge-thick mirk as anyone who trawls her northern slopes knows, the only guide is “down”, best declining the Pots’ own version. But pitch here and you’re truly lost. Need a visual - like a summit cairn and a compass bearing. So ascend an ever-increasing incline until it dawns in your fat head that you’re actually half way up the Pots and the same distance to your death. Come off and effect a wholly minging traverse to beneath The Saddle - sweat Alien style. Normal ET 45 mins; as the Cra flies, three and a half hours. Pitch tent exposed and high enough to unnerve any do-badders and break free for a few hours amongst reluctant hills. Return and shift all night like a restless child between the soft bellies of gigantic parents.


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An Bhinn Bhuí: Benwee Head Loop.
sandman 3 hours ago.
As already stated Benwee Head has some of the most dramatic costal scenery in Ireland and with this in mind i decided to enjoy on a clear sunny day the joys of walking the 12.4km of the Benwee Hea...

  
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Knocknanacree: Storm Beach and Cliffs at lower western reaches
Bunsen7 5 hours ago.
A view of "Acres" from Minard Beach. This is apparently a geologically interesting spot in itself as it is a storm beach comprised of large sandstone boulders. The castle is on private land and no...

  
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Knockafeehane: From the horse's mouth
Bunsen7 5 hours ago.
This is the trail description post at Q59652 00497. It summarises the route if taken from east to west, as per track 3881.Vastly superior to my own garbled efforts!Annascaul obviously is a very we...

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Knockafeehane: Easily Accessible and not overly demanding
Bunsen7 5 hours ago.
There is a waymarked trail to the summit which loops over the ridge leading west from this hill. See track 3881.The quickest route to the top would see you park in Annascaul village and walk up th...

  
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Meelin Hill, Brackloon and Knockafeehane
Bunsen7 5 hours ago.
A grand and simple waymarked trail for a day of low lying cloud.Park up at the post office beside the Tom Crean mini-p... walk, Len: 7.2km, Climb: 343m, Area: Knockafeehane, Slieve Mish (Ireland) Kno

  
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Eagles Hill, Mullaghbeg, Beenrour
bogtrotter 6 hours ago.
There?s plenty of room for parking at the cemetery at the top of Coad Road, near Castle Cove. From here we headed SW ... walk, Len: 21.6km, Climb: 825m, Area: Eagles Hill, Dunkerron Mountains (Irelan

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Erris Head Loop
simon3 12 hours ago.
Simple walk to Erris Head. On the occasion we did it, there were dark clouds and big showers. walk, Len: 9.0km, Climb: 417m, Area: Mayo Coastal Hill (Ireland) Erris Head Hil...

  
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Cashloura: An enjoyable walk for all ages
CaminoPat a day ago.
Park at W20849 49704 at Coillte forest entrance just off the R586 Regional Road between Dunmanway and Drimoleague. Parking available for 6-8 cars. Follow forest road which is along line of disused...

  
Forum: General
An Sli
Slier159 a day ago.
Hello all,I am currently trying to organize a longs distance walk from Killarney to Derry city, using the existing National Waymarked Trails along the West coast. A 1,000km of Trail already exist ...

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An Bhinn Bhuí: Benwee Loop walk towards Portacloy.
ucampbell 3 days ago.
The Loop walks here are well signposted, it's a great idea to go out onto each headland.

  
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Doonvinalla N Top: Coastal Hill
sandman 3 days ago.
On 26/4/2014 i spent a very enjoyable afternoon walking this area visiting the army observation hut and the stone constructed EIRE marking as part of an addition to the Benwee Head Loop walk but i...

  
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Doonvinalla N Top: Flat topped but hard to get to.
simon3 3 days ago.
View from the west.


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