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GB bemoans the dem.. by Bleck Cra   (Show all posts)
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Ahh, whin. Whin (.. by simon3   (Show all posts)
Bleck Cra
2005-04-06 21:35:07
"Whin summer meets the Mournes" from Bleck Cra Contract pics
Picture: Whin summer meets the Mournes (Contract pics)
A Wheen o' Whin
Funny how as the highest ticket communicators on earth, we cling to our points of reference: “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day” or “very like a whale”. But my unfavourite of all time is “Ah the whin: yes, just like vanilla or coconut ….” or some other scandalous comparison. The truth is, the underplayed scent of whin is so fantastical, so captivatingly odd and distant, that it defies comparison. The whin is the most devilishly magical weed God (or his beloved light bearer) ever forked into this earth. If you plant sibling cuttings in the same ground, one will grow up, the other out. Rain the same rain on six cloned plants and watch 6 different interpretations emerge. John Joseph gives up and leaves them as windbreaks for indolent cattle; the buzzy bees float in them, all sheets to the wind; and the Reverend Doctor (and one-time photographer), threatens to set them on fire. If you do little more this weekend than get up, get up and fumble into whin country, to my two favourite whin loaneys: a minute into the Bloody Bridge Track, ex Newcastle or immediately on to the Trassey Track, ex Bryansford. It is here you will find yourself submerged in a sunshine yellow haze of eau de whin, that will transport you into a world of mists, dreams and memory. Boughs of it hung outdoors to ward off witches, the black reek of it burning ahead of battle; even a gnat’s of it in your whiskey for good measure and you can try this with it bound to a broom handle, when the priests and prelates are a-bed. Sweep east to west and repeat after me 'out with evil, from this house, as the sun travels bring us peace'
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Knockastia: Behind quarry
Fergalh 13 hours ago.
At Moate take road to the pretty village of Rosemount. Drive through village and turn left around west side of mountain. At quarry there is a sign for site of old church (N2401043352) proceed up t...

  
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Bruse Hill: Bruse Summer 2017
TommyMc 3 days ago.
Since a big gorse fire in 2016, this hill is once more easily accessible to casual walkers and has been widely visited this summer. An easy approach is possible by taking the L6636 minor road off ...

  
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MV Gathering & Awards - This Friday!!
Onzy 23 hours ago.
ALL WELCOME !

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Belmore Mountain: A standing stone gathers all moss.
TommyV 4 days ago.
As mentioned by Harry Goodman, it's possible to drive along Belmore forest for almost two kilometers as far as a black forestry gate. There is also a standard gate here on the right giving access ...

  
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Coastal Walk west of Mannin Bay
Onzy a day ago.
walk, Len: 13.6km, Climb: 107m, Area: Galway Coastal Hill (Ireland)

  
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Brougher Mountain: A quick bag.
TommyV 4 days ago.
Nothing much to add to the comments already. Drove most of the way up from the North side of the hill to within 450 metres of the trig point. Nothing to recommend to anybody who is looking to get ...

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Croghan Hill: Broken Trig Pillar to be replaced
TommyMc 6 days ago.
The recent damage to the Croghan Hill trig pillar is covered in an article in this week's Offaly Independent. The good news is that Offaly County Council plans to replace the damaged pillar to its...

  
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Slievereagh: To drive or not to drive?
TommyV a week ago.
Geo's directions are spot on. At the aforementioned Coilte forest entrance there is a sign staing no unauthorized vehicles beyond this point as the gate may close at any point. However as the Lazy...

  
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Knockatagglemore
caiomhin 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 1.0km, Climb: 30m, Area: Knockatagglemore, W Limerick/N Kerry (Irela...

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Seefin Mountain W Top: Two summits one hike.
TommyV a week ago.
Nothing to add to the directions provided by melohara. Just to mention two things, the parking place was littered with close to a hundred empty beer cans, it looks like there was a party there or ...

  
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Knocknaskagh: The fast and the furious.
TommyV a week ago.
Knocknaskagh is a fairly prominent hill in North Cork. It's possible to access via a Coilte forest entrance on the South East side mentioned by jackill. After about 500 metres, there is a smaller,...

  
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Camlough Mountain: Army Dreamers
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker a week ago.
Relatively recent history has liberated Camlough Mountain from the bonds of the military: some metallic paraphernalia remains high on its slopes but if one puts that aside it's a cracking little e...


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