Two days in the Wicklow mountains

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  1. Padstowe

    Padstowe Section Hiker

    On Mon the 29th of July I woke up at 4am (couldn't sleep), weather looked bad outside so a check round national weather told me Wicklow was to be sunny, so i packed, got the 07:45 bus to Dublin then the 11:30 bus to Glendalough.
    Just after a nice cold drink in the hotel bar I crossed the road.
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    I stayed on the Wicklow way for only about 100m & decided to to see if I could cut through the forest, so after finding a trail that was heading my way I crossed the forest track 3 times & ending up in kinda the open.
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    Luckily enough there was a trail through the ferns aswell which led me up to the track to Brockagh mountain.
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    I really shouldn't have sat down though.
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    After leaving Brockagh & heading to Tonelagee I decided I'd change plans & divert to the eastern col overlooking Lough Ouler. (col centre of pic)
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    I was glad I changed route as I would have missed the herd otherwise.
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    Climbing up to the col & overlooking the Lough, I thought, I
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    this (& I was wrecked) so decided to go down & camp there & call it a day.
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    After a quick
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    was soon of to sleep.
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    The next morning the cloud had set in as it was supposed too.
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    I sat around for a bit waiting for it to lift as it was meant to but didn't. So instead of going up one of the gullies, which I thought if I did I wasn't going to turn back to Tonelagee but head on, so I back tracked up to the col again, getting some
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    one the way. On the col I thought I'd have one last look at Lough Ouler.
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    Oh well, onwards & upwards.
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    Tonelagee top
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    (maybe I should'a just went up the gully)
    Stoney top
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    I thought I'd stop for a bit off the side of Stoney top, give the clouds a chance to lift as they were late doing so. (they mustn't have got the memo of my schedule)
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    So on again over past Barnacullian & on to Mullaghcleevaun, but after Barnacullian I had this to cross. (when I say had to, I could have went round it, but you know)
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    Luckily it was dry(ish), but thankfully not that dry just after the blanket.
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    It's good to touch the green, green grass... (looking back at Tonalagee)
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    Mullaghcleevaun top
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    On the way to Mullaghcleevaun east top.
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    (tempting place for me to lay down, better not)
    Mullaghcleevaun east top looking back at Mullaghcleevaun
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    Looking back at Tonelagee (right hand side of pic) & then the cross to Mullaghcleevaun
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    Cleevaun lough, where I'd thought to sleep the first night & a few scenery shots on the way to Duff hill.
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    Duff hill, looking back then forward
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    Gravale top, looking back then forward
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    Carrigvore top, (you guessed it) looking back then forward.
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    Sally's gap (where I got a nice bit of a present from two guys in a car looking for a Fox's pub after I informed them I was only smoking a rolley)
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    From here I thought maybe to head over to Liffey head bridge along the road for some water & camp up in off it.
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    But no, that would have been too smart for me, I could'a dropped back to Crockan pond S/E of this nice ruin.
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    But no, I thought I'd go on & see if there was anything running into the source of the Liffey or even the re-entrant above.
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    There wasn't, I should'a lay down under that rock hours ago instead I had a very dry camp (no tea) I decided to not cook but keep what water I had left incase I needed it during the night, I had less than 500ml.
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    Next morning I ate the days before lunch of wraps, cheese & chorizo with a few glugs of water & heading off.
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    Tonduff south looking onto Maulin (which was to be my last hill) with Great Sugar Loaf behind it to the left.
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    Did I stop & filter some water, did I jack I still had around 200ml left. Maulin was to be my last, but last moment I cut off down to the left onto the track & into the forest. (I blame the present for all decisions made after Sally's gap)
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    I cut down through the forest by a few trails instead of going back along the flank of Maulin, along the road a few hundred metres & back on to the Wicklow way.
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    Coffee time!
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    Then back on the way for a bit.
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    After leaving the way I came across a road sign & almost done what it told me.
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    (I love those signs, but they are more or less gone now for the new give way signs)
    After just over 48hrs & around 37,22km with 1551m accent & 1613m descent (is that all!) I was finished.
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    Sorry if its a bad TR, thought I'd give it a go. To be honest it was easier doing the walk.
    (I came back with the two dinners I went with, not for the first time with these meals either
    Re-edit: not a tracked route but more or less the way taken, but in reverse.
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  2. Munro277

    Munro277 Thru Hiker

    Ta for sharing,not an area ive ever visited
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  3. Padstowe

    Padstowe Section Hiker

    @Munro277 Your welcome, to be honest I prefer the west for the cut of the hills, more wild. The wicklow mountains are nice but more rolling mostly.
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  4. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    Enjoyed that @Padstowe , looks like some great places. Would definitely be interested in seeing more of that area.

    I often press on past water points when short of it, and always suffer. :confused: Never learn.

    Thanks for posting :thumbsup:
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  5. Padstowe

    Padstowe Section Hiker

    I knew I had enough with ration to see me through the night & the next morning, didn't miss not eating that night but did kinda miss a cuppa. :(
    Edit: have done it meself loads of times & learnt I can move quite a bit without water if not to hot out.
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  6. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Interesting to see a nice write up of the area.

    And get you with your Solán de Cabras bottle :rolleyeses:
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  7. Padstowe

    Padstowe Section Hiker

    Let me know when you see one ;)
    Get you knowing the name, when asked I just say its a spanish water, even though the name is on the bottle. :angelic:
    They are nice bottles. Pity the filter doesn't fit them, but hey lifes little hurdles.
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  8. tom

    tom Thru Hiker

    Nice writeup, spotted the familiar bottles too. They are great - the only rigid bottles I've carried for years. The Swayer filter actually fits perfectly (on the outlet side...) :) I do like the wide opening.
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  9. Padstowe

    Padstowe Section Hiker

    It does sit in the bottle, but not attach or am I missing something?
    I tend to use a bit of a hose as I generally sit on the dirty water bag or stick a rock or 2 on it.
    I prefer the wide opening too as I take gulps of around 100ml each time I drink, which makes it easier for me.
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  10. Nevis

    Nevis Section Hiker

    If i'd known you were about i could've met you for a wee cuppa on the hill :)
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  11. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Nice report Padstowe, I must take a trip over sometime
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  12. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    A great trip report. Not even the merest hint of an apology needed (apart from tidying up camp for us) :)

    Enjoyed that, brings back good memories of Wicklow.
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