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tbaines: Track 4508 in area near Wicklow (Ireland)
Length: 18.8km, Creator time taken: 3h42m, Ascent: 834m,
Descent: 827m

Places: Start at T05610 86201, Lugnaquilla, Slievemaan, end at Start
Logged as completed by 1

Park at forest entrance by the bridge, check the army firing signs. Easy going up the forest paths for 5-6km (I jogged up, but a good opportunity to check the route down over the valley) then out onto the mountain, cross the stream, and follow up into the hanging valley. Bit of a path here. Follow the fence posts when you find them. I wasn't sure how easy the route finding would be here, but on a dry day with good visibility, all was clear. So go up the obvious (in good visibility) grassy route ahead; as it levels on the left, cross left for 200m to the next obvious grassy route up to the right. Quite steep. And then you come out near the top of Lug. Head down to the mud floor (I nipped up Slievemaan, while in the area), then follow the track to Lybruch. Wasn't sure about best route down to river, but on EastWest map there's a path left, and this works well until it peters out, but then easy straight down the grassy hill to the river. Turn right, admire the waterfall (OK I could hear it, and the river suddenly went from being right next to me to being fifty feet down, but I couldn't find a safe spot to see it), cross the river, and pick up the track back to the forest entrance.

Uploaded on: Thu, 24 Jun 2021 (13:07:29)
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Comment created by Peter Walker 2021-Jul-22
Good stuff tbaines & Bunsen7. We want more content like this.
Comment created by Bunsen7 2021-Jun-25
If you don't mind getting a bit wet, for those seeking an adrenaline rush, after reaching south prison, but before reaching the grassy ramp, keep an eye out for a mound of large boulders on your left, which marks the bottom of the main gully. Make your way up slightly left (south) of the boulders into this gully, an ascent of approximately 300 metres, to reach Lug summit. Rest assured the gully ascent is accessible, though there is one awkward step over a large stone about half way up. If any branches present themselves when higher up in the gully, veer left. Once committed, it would be unwise to seek to descend back down to the Prison. See Track 2450.

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British summit data courtesy:
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