Walk in Ireland, Wicklow Carrignagunneen Mullaghcleevaun Stoney Top Tonelagee, ascent 716m, length 17.6km
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simon3: Track 4196 in area near Carrignagunneen, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland)
Mullaghcleevaun via Barnacullian bog delight twice, Tonelagee from Annalecka
Length: 17.6km, Creator time taken: 6h18m, Ascent: 716m,
Descent: 742m

Places: Start at O05593 01887, Carrignagunneen, Mullaghcleevaun, Stoney Top, Tonelagee, end at Start
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Experienced hillwalkers in Wicklow will know that there a few places of deep eroding bog, Bog connisseurs see them as variously a barren curiousity generally in summer or an unpleasant slog in winter. As an afficionado I would mention NW Kippure, Benleagh and probably the wettest and worst, Conavalla. The jaunt described here crosses another choice area, Barnacullian, visiting the place twice near Mullaghcleevaun. The top of Mullaghcleevaun isn't particularly boggy in our era. What bog there is mostly washed away centuries ago as the climate became wetter. However like the other places mentioned Mullaghcleevaun's shallower slopes are around 600 to 800 metres in altitude, the current zone of destruction. Probably being hastened by the new unfolding climate disaster.
The route starts from Annalecka Bridge where there is parking for perhaps a dozen cars. On the day of this trip there was early rain turning to better photographic weather later. The route took a short cut through the trees to reach open ground Carrignagunneen. As of 2019 this was quick and easy. From Carrignagunneen we approached Mullaghcleevaun from the SW.
Gentle slope at 600 to 800m = Bog in Wicklow.

The top emerges from the decaying bog.
The top with its trig pillar and mostly denuded bog.

The descent was through a canyonland cut into the bog and ground below.
A party can lose contact with itself around here. Tonelagee on the right skyline.

Experienced hillwalkers know that you can skirt quite a bit of the bog by walking to its east which is what we did. The mist unfortunately returned on the top of Tonelagee.
Initial route through the trees.
Finally we descended through trees on an unsigned route and then on forest roads to the main road.

Uploaded on: Fri, 26 Jul 2019 (08:25:33)
Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/track/4196/  
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