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Please note that this week, we are walking on WEDNESDAY MORNING! Let's enjoy Lough Dan from the other side on this walk and do a little bit of exploration as well.... expect a good walk, guaranteed bog, and slopes - all the elements that make a good morning's walk!
Here's an unexpected treat, early in the year - Lug from the west side! As a group we have not done this route - ever! We have the opportunity to do this walk in the company of another group who are doing this in a slow and considered manner - so fear not! The route takes us up via Camara Hill and is a steady climb, that will be done slowly. I think this is a great opportunity for those in the Saturday group or Sunday group, to get up Lug in the company of those who are returning to fitness, so no pressure on pace. To get up to the summit of the highest point in Leinster (925 m) is something on many walker's wish list, so don't pass up on this chance! And, there is the added bonus of a very appealing pub - Fenton's, at the bottom of the hill - to celebrate any first summits with some bubbles.... Please note that a charge of €10 will apply for this walk.
Here's a photo from the archives - and a summer shot too! Given that the hills and car parks are full of people sticking to their New Year's resolutions, lets get away from the crowds and find some nice obscure territory. I'm very fond of middle Wicklow so expect a good loop of townlands you may not have heard of previously... Should it be snowing, we will go for Plan B as this route is all above the snowline!
The Bog Meadow (Playing fields in centre of village)
Here is a photo of Aska Pond and a tourist! Aska Pond is a little lake in the middle of a bog, and Crockan Pond is something similar, but does not attract many visitors... For this walk we are going "off piste" and "cross country" and we are starting early to allow for the short days and a certain Rugby Match at 16.45 (thoughtful or what?) This is a walk for those with good fitness levels and a stoic disposition! Some boggy conditions may be experienced en route as well as slopes! A large sandwich is essential....