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march-fixer: Track 3505 in area near Black Hill, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland)
Black Hill Tramp
Length: 10.8km, Creator time taken: 2h19m, Ascent: 438m,
Descent: 444m

Places: Start at O02214 09797, Black Hill, end at Start
Logged as completed by 1

What else does one do on a wet and windy day? Get out and enjoy yourself of course. Got the wet gear on and headed out on the hills overlooking Blessington Lakes. It is nice to have the whole mountain to yourself. The visability was erattic at higher levels but when the clouds cleared you were treated to beautiful vistas over the lake to Vallymount and Tulfarris.
The ground was surprisingly firm considering the recent amount of rain, except for one patch below the only turf bank, where I sank above my ankle! A quick response and good gaiters saved me from a muddy bootful.
Some new carving has appeared along the way as well as a new enhanced description at the monument to the airmen that crashed on Black Hill.
Things must have been slack of late since the County Council have renewed the Gap Road surface with a good tarmac topping. Motorists, cyclists and walkers will be happy with the new "non-undulating" surface! As an amusing aside, has anyone spotted the little "Black Sheep of the Family" on the hill to the right just as you leave the exposed part of the Gap Road and reach the first walled bungalow on the way down to Lacken? Would have provided a photo but my phone had just expired.

Uploaded on: Fri, 30 Jun 2017 (12:47:57)
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