Ireland day 0166. Sunday 13 March 2022- Glencree
|Today’s summary||Picked up a friend from the Walking Club at Portmarnock then drove down to Enniskerry to meet rest of the group at a coffee shop. Drove up to Cloone then short walk down to the Glencree river for fabulous lunch spot. Reversed the process at the end of the day. Val completed the Engadin Ski Marathon in Switzerland|
|Today’s weather||Overnight wind and rain died out by mid morning. Very bright sunny intervals which were almost warm in the afternoon, between heavy showers. Light south-easterly wind. About 9C|
|Today’s overview location
(The blue mark shows the location of our route)
(The green line shows where we walked)
(Click button below to download GPX of today’s walk as recorded, or see interactive map at bottom with elevations corrected):
Do you ever have those days when you know you want to write something, but just don’t know how to start? Well I’m having one of those days today. I sat down in front of the computer and tried to think of something to say, but I couldn’t. So I took these steps to try and remedy the situation:
- went and had my tea (sausage and mash left over from last night – very nice, by the way – especially when I added half a tomato and a leaf of lettuce – transforming it at a stroke into a healthy fibre-filled salad) but still no words would come.
- did my washing – it’s still churning away in the machine now but my mind was no more able to string two words together than it was before.
- had a shower and see what effect that had – so here I am now.
Still not great on the creativity score, though, so I will avoid hyperbole and stick to the facts
Here are the facts.
- Got up
- Made packed lunch
- Drove to Portmarnock to pick up my walking companion
- Drove to Enniskerry
- Had a cup of coffee and a scone (by the way “scone” is always pronounced “sc-ohwne” in Ireland and never “sc-onne” which as a Yorkshireman is a bit hard for me to deal with)
- Drove to Cloone and parked the car
- Hiked down to the Glencree Valley with the Dublin Walking Club for a short exploration of the riverbank
- Had a picnic lunch by the river
- Noted that the river was very full
- Walked back up to the car park
- Learned that possibly the most famous feature of Glencree is the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, which will merit a blog all of its own one day
- Marvelled at the huge glacial boulders in the wood
- Discovered that there are two types of deer in the Wicklow Mountains. Red deer are the native but they have interbred with the introduced Sika deer so now most are hybrids. We didn’t see any of either
- Gave two walking friends a lift home
- Dropped off one friend in Donamede and the other in Portmarnock
- Drove back to Malahide
- Did the tea / washing / shower thing and wrote this blog
- Congratulated Val on her epic achievement! (see photo below)
- Thought about going to bed but haven’t decided yet
- Signed off this blog until tomorrow.
Today’s photos (click to enlarge)
(Elevations corrected at GPS Visualizer: Assign DEM elevation data to coordinates )
Max elevation: 254 m
Min elevation: 134 m
Total climbing: 180 m
Total descent: -180 m
Total time: 02:43:32