Another chase for High Points on the October Bank Holiday with Pat, Dillon and Johnny. Pat tells us how they got on.
Setting off early on the October Bank holiday Monday, Johnny, Dillon and I passed over the Sally Gap to arrive at the gates of the mast maintenance road of Kippure, Dublin’s County High Point, by 8 am. Being so early we never thought we would meet anyone else with the same objective as us so early on the clear frosty morning. It was a coincidence alone to meet such a person, but to meet another Highpointeer “Tommy McGibney” setting off at the same time was a huge coincidence.
We set off briskly on the well surfaced route and with plenty of High Point chat on the way we were at the mast and trig point in no time at all. We had great views towards Dublin, Wicklow and The Great Sugar Loaf finished our 360 degree view from the summit. After trying to determine if our next High Point (Glendoo Mountain) could be seen we logged ourselves as the highest men in Dublin using the Peakhunter app before heading back towards the cars.
Back at the gate we helped Tommy to get his car out, as he was surrounded by the cars and trailers of a group out on the mountain with their dogs. We then set off for Glendoo Mountain while Tommy headed in the opposite direction with Mount Leinster and Blackstairs Mountain in his sights. First High point of the day complete and another County High Point for Johnny.
A few miles later in the Dublin direction we parked on the right hand side of the road that gave us access to an old bog path onto Glendoo Mountain. The path was short and was followed by terrain needing a tougher effort from us to navigate over the high heather which was quite wet in parts underneath. Peakhunter excelled again here identifying the unmarked High Point location for us. On our descent we passed a shed used as a shelter during the turf cutting times, not so long ago by the looks of it, and from there we were quickly back to the short road to the car.
Next up was a relatively low High Point in the Lusk area. At only 176m, Knockbrack is a simple walk through a couple of fields to an unusual setting for a trig pillar – an open corn field. Easy to log, just take care of where you put your feet, respecting the farmer’s crop by using the tractor tracks if possible.
Just one o’clock on a fine Autumn day and we only had Meakstown left to do. A wasted opportunity we thought, “let’s see what else is nearby”. Slieve Gullion was only a hour north and would be another County High Point for Johnny. We set off without delay and parked at the upper car park of the Slieve Gullion Forest Park. Two hours exactly since we logged Knockbrack we now had Slieve Gullion the County High Point of Armagh logged on Peakhunter also. The clear Autumn evening gave some great views from the summit and the low sun was shining through the entrance of the passage grave when we went to check it out.
Dublin’s Meakstown remained on our “to do list”, perfect on our route home and Google Maps and Peakhunter brought us to the exact location to log it just as the sun disappeared for the day. This was the lowest of the day at 76m and marked the High Point of Dublin City Council.
Great to meet Tommy for the first walk and happy with our five High Points logged for the day. We stopped in Kildare for some food before heading for home. Johnny was delighted with the visit to Gullion for the bonus County High Point too. More details and pictures on Dillon’s blog,