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ceadeile: Track 4531 in area near Lugnagun, Wicklow (Ireland)
Lugnagun, Sorrel Hill, Black Hill & Mullaghcleevaun from Lacken
Length: 22.6km, Creator time taken: 6h41m, Ascent: 1029m,
Descent: 1025m

Places: Start at O01098 10886, Lugnagun, Sorrel Hill, Black Hill, Mullaghcleevaun, end at Start
Logged as completed by 2

Followed march-fixers track - Track 4291 from Lacken to Lugnagun.This uses an old mass path that can be accessed from Lacken village see
This is a lovely route onto / off the hills from / to Lacken and thanks march-fixer for posting and Lacken community for enabling.
The mass track is well marked and well described by march-fixer but, as you enter the forest, you meet a sign that may confuse MountainViews users seeking the shortest way to what MountainViews defines as Lugnagun - Spot Height 446. The path signposted "Blackrock" is the shortest way to Spot Height 446. It emerges from the forest at O 01497 12221 at a stile while the path marked "Lugnagun" emerges from the forest at O 02121 11976, lower down the hill and about 670m farther away from Spot Height 446, closer to Sorrel Hill.

There are nice views of the Poulaphouca Reservoir and adjacent hills from the mass path. The two photos directly below was taken from the mass path at the forest edge.

Silsean /Moanbane & Ballyknockan shore on left with Church Mountain and Hollywood Hill (Slievecorragh) across the reservoir

Mullaghcleevaun peeping above Black Hill with Silsean / Moanbane on right.

Turning left after you emerge from the forest you cross a fence to continue to Spot height 446 - Lugnagun ( Blackamore Hill on East West Map)

Looking south east from where stones on a bank mark Spot Height 446 (Lugnagun or Blackamore Hill) with Mullaghcleevaun on horizon (centre).
On then to the cairn at Sorrel Hill before descending to Ballynultagh Gap.
On the Black Hill side of Ballynultagh Gap an unleashed dog rushed excitedly around through the heather. Thankfully, the nearby flock of sheep seemed accustomed to stupid dog owners ignoring the clear signage stating that dogs should be kept on leads. The flock of sheep, displaying more intelligence than the dog owner, did not panic and the dog soon followed its owner up the track towards Black Hill without, on this occasion, causing mayhem.
The route to Mullaghcleevaun was quite dry due to a recent hot, dry spell, a welcome change from the usual mushy conditions underfoot.

Banana skins littering summit of Mullaghcleevaun
It was disappointing to see more evidence of stupidity and "leave no trace" ignorance on the summit of Mullaghcleevaun where some thoughtless, inconsiderate hillwalkers had discarded several banana skins. How anyone can carry a banana, orange or apple up a mountain, enjoying the fresh air, scenery and mountain environment but be too lazy and unresourceful to bring a small bag to carry home the inevitable remains of their snack totally escapes me. Why walk to the top of a mountain to litter it? {On my last visit to Donard in the Mournes the summit was totally polluted and littered with bottles, cans, crisp bags etc. while signage in Newcastle, at the foot of the mountain, warned of hefty on the spot fines for littering within the town. Why carry a full bottle or can up a mountain and then litter the mountain rather than bring the empty bottle or can down? Donard has a lot of tourist traffic but one would expect visitors to Mullaghcleevaun to be more aware and considerate of the mountain environment.)
The route continues to the rim of the corrie above Cleevaun lough where there can be a good view of Black Hill. The route now descends steep ground to the shore and around by the south bank of the lough. A dry day with good visibility advised for this part of the route. Back to Black Hill then and with more good views across the reservoir towards Valleymount, down past the Hampden Memorial and along the concession route to Pound Lane. At Templeboodin Bridge one can continue along the road to Lackan or follow a path, first along the south bank of Kilbeg Brook, then crossing to the north bank and along the reservoir shore to Lacken and the start point.

Uploaded on: Tue, 3 Aug 2021 (21:30:10)
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Comment created by Bunsen7 2021-Aug-10
At least the banana skins will eventually biodegrade - though I fully agree it's a disgrace. The plastic bottles reputedly last 400+ years. There was an electric razor dumped on Clermont Cairn today. That's a new one. I've taken to picking up as much of the plastic bottles and smaller waste that I come across on my walks as I can reasonably do without turning the outing into a litter pick. (I got the electric razor today too). There is a small separated section in the bottom of my bag that I use this for. It's generally possible to "scrunch" the bottles. But I was laden down by the end of today's walk. It's mainly single use plastic bottles. Once you see it you can't un-see it. Not suggesting we all should do this, but much appreciated for highlighting this and if you can grab just one piece of plastic each walk, it all adds up to cleaner hills.
Comment created by march-fixer 2021-Aug-07
Hi ceadeile.
Delighted that you enjoyed this lovely track and that you managed to do it on such a fine day. Many thanks for the clarifications on the directions. When one is familiar with the area it is often possible to overlook the finer directions points.
You have hit on a pet hate of mine where people are too inconsiderate to follow the rule "If you can bring it up full then you are perfectly able to bring it back empty". Why would anyone wish to visit a beauty that has been left in the condition they left it, other than that they expect someone else to do their dirty work for them!
Comment created by simon3 2021-Aug-04
Thanks for clarifying this.

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