Walk in Ireland, Wicklow Church Mountain, ascent 429m, length 14.5km
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march-fixer: Track 2350 in area near Church Mountain, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland)
Church Mountain K.A.R.E. Charity Walk
Length: 14.5km, Creator time taken: 3h18m, Ascent: 429m,
Descent: 430m

Places: Start at N93951 05253, Church Mountain, end at N93960 05475 223m N from Start
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A beautiful area, a magnificent day and an opportunity to tone up after consuming too much over the Christmas period. This was a non-technical brisk walk along with about 120 other generous patrons of the K.A.R.E. Charity.

The walk starts in the lovely Hollywood village, heads south and crosses the main road to follow St. Kevin's Way down along the western slope of Dragoon Hill (starting in Hollywood provides a nice secure place to leave your car and it affords excellent food and drink on your return). It continues on down into Hollywood Glen and switches east into the forest access track.

We all followed the easier 'long path' along the forest track rather than take the steeper direct short cuts ... on the way up anyway. The track leads steadily up and around Drumreagh until it meets the start of the direct access narrow track (on righ-hand side on the bend) to the summit. We decided to extend the walk by continuing along the main access track heading due south-east towards the eastern side of Church mountain in the direction of Corriebracks.

At the track junction we switched back west for about 100m and found the narrow track on the right-hand side through a red 5-bar gate. This rough track leads up west-north-west onto Church Mountain. As the track finally levelled out we switched back south on to the summit where there is a fine cairn of stones topped by a trig point. This at least provides some shelter for a quick munch and a drop of hot coffee!

We then descended by the prominent north-west route and crossed our previous route to take the short-cut back down to the forest entrance. It was then just a case of retracing our steps back to Hollywood.

Uploaded on: Sat, 28 Dec 2013 (13:57:27)
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