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simon3
2019-07-19 08:21:46
MI Access News.
Access updates July 2019

Gleninagh, Twelve Bens
The Bodkin family who own Gleninagh in the Twelve Bens have asked that climbers and hillwalkers not park along the access road to their farm, which is often used by people going into Carrot Ridge and up to Maumina and Benbaun.
In recent times the Bodkins have had problems with access along the roadway to their farm being obstructed by parked vehicles, hence this request for people not to park anywhere along the access road. It is also no longer possible to park outside the unoccupied house on the way into the Bodkins’ farm, due to changes made around that house.
Hillwalkers and climbers are still welcome in Gleninagh, but they are asked to respect the Bodkins’ request by getting dropped off, or car-pooling and finding a suitable location to park along the Inagh Valley road. As parking space along that road is very limited Mountaineering Ireland is working with the local Rural Recreation Officer to see if a parking solution can be found.

Cuilcagh Mountain
In response to continued erosion from high visitor numbers in the area at the top of the Cuilcagh Boardwalk, and between there and the summit plateau, plans are being put in place to manage visitor activity in a way that minimises further damage.
Visitors to the boardwalk are kindly asked to keep to the designated path and to remain within the confines of the viewing platform at the top of the boardwalk.
Mountaineering Ireland is asking hillwalkers who want to visit the summit of Cuilcagh to take other routes on the mountain and to avoiding using the Cuilcagh Boardwalk, to prevent further environmental damage between the viewing platform and the stile, and so as not to encourage others onto the fragile summit plateau.
The current platform was created as a short-term measure and a redesign of this end point/destination area is currently being investigated. Line definition and conservation work is also planned for the summit plateau, however this won’t be implemented until next year.
Mountaineering Ireland, is planning an environmental awareness day at Cuilcagh Mountain, to take place on Saturday 12th October in conjunction with in conjunction with the CANN project*. This event is aimed primarily at Club Environmental Officers, but open to other members interested in understanding Cuilcagh’s complex story. This study visit will provide an insight into the sequence of events that has led to the current situation, as well as an opportunity to learn about the special features of Cuilcagh’s natural environment. Places are limited; if interested, please email helen@mountaineering.ie.
*The CANN Project is a cross-border environmental project which is working to preserve priority habitats and species at a number of sites across Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland, including at Cuilcagh Mountain. CANN is supported By the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme.
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