Ireland day 1003. Thursday 27 June 2024- Long Walk

Ireland day 1003. Thursday 27 June 2024- Long Walk
Today’s summary Walked from Malahide down to Howth, round the headland and back to Malahide again. 38km and it was my longest walk for 4 years and also the longest since hip repair last year. Enjoyable despite poor weather. Recovering with a curry this evening but no hot water for a shower because of gas meter replacement work
Today’s weather Stormy with heavy downpours of icy rain. Gale force westerly wind. Appx 15c
Today’s overview location
(The green mark shows the location of my route)
Close-up location
(The orange line shows where I walked)
(Click button below to download GPX of today’s walk as recorded, or see interactive map at bottom with elevations corrected):
Long walk to Howth Head and back

(Summary blog only.   Last full blog was Day 0368).

I’ve done two particularly enjoyable walks recently. A return walk from Malahide to Sutton and a loop of Howth Head starting and finishing at Sutton. I’d always had the notion that it would be fun to try linking the two together to produce one, double-length walk, starting and finishing at Malahide.

With Val being away at the moment, and with nothing else in my diary, I thought that today would be a good day to take the plunge and give it a try. So I duly set off just before half past ten this morning, heading for Howth.

As I was packing my bag before I left the flat, I almost left my waterproof jacket and overtrousers behind. With it being officially summer now, I thought I couldn’t possibly need them. Anyway, at the last minute I put them back in my bag along with my lunch, and set off.

And I am so glad that I did. Within about an hour of leaving, the skies had completely clouded over and I could see a downpour heading my way on the western horizon. So the waterproofs were donned and I pressed on as the rain beat down.

This process was repeated no fewer than five times on my walk. The good thing was that the squalls were usually short-lived, but it was inconvenient having to keep robing and disrobing all the time.

The walk itself went well. I followed the “double bubble loop” route clockwise, to make sure the tide would be low enough to get round Sutton golf club and along the Burrow beach to Howth. As it turned out, I had plenty of beach to walk on but by the time I reappeared at Sutton after the Howth loop, the beach had more or less disappeared, swallowed by the tide and seemingly in vindication of my clockwise decision.

I enjoyed the whole thing, despite the weather, and especially the loop round Howth Head. But even on a rainy midweek day like today, there were still quite a lot of people about – occasionally loitering in the path and slowing progress down. But nothing like as bad as the congestion on a sunny weekend day.

I was particularly pleased to have discovered a good long walk, with a decent amount of off-tarmac walking – and with a couple of modest hills – that I could do right from our front door. In the end it came in at about 38km, making it my longest walk since May 2020 and also the longest walk on my new left hip.

I’m steadily glowing now I’m back in the flat, enjoying a pop-pop curry for dinner. I’m also dying for a shower. Sadly though that is not to be, as the energy company has peremptorily switched off our gas in order to fit new meters. The supply is supposed to come back on again sometime in the next couple of days. But who knows when that might actually be? I wonder how much water I’d need to boil to fill a bath? And on that note, I’ll get the kettle on.

Today’s photos (click to enlarge)

Bird of prey – probably a buzzard – soaring over Portmarnock this morning Soggy Burrow Beach at Sutton
Fishing vessels in dry dock at Howth The scrambly bit on the last stretch of the Howth head circuit
Sutton level crossing – for once I didn’t have to wait for a passing DART (or two) to rumble by Almost back!   On the top of Paddy’s Hill
Iconic view from Howth Head over the Baily lighthouse and across Dublin Bay to the Sugarloaves
Interactive map

(Elevations corrected at  GPS Visualizer: Assign DEM elevation data to coordinates )

Total distance: 36747 m
Max elevation: 114 m
Min elevation: 0 m
Total climbing: 676 m
Total descent: -674 m
Total time: 06:51:55
Download file: Long-walk-compressed-corrected.gpx

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