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Friday, April 10, 2009

Winter, it hasn't gone away you know!

Walking from Bohibreaga to Mullaghmore

If there is going to be snow in Northern Ireland, its going to snow in The Sperrin Mountains. Further inland than the The Mournes & The Antrim Hills and along with Cuilcagh, this group of hills gives the most reliable area for snow cover in winter.

In Glenshane Forest
Driving up, The Glenshane Pass, behind a Snowplough, to do some training for the TGO challenge in May, it was a surprise to see how much new snow there actually was. We were intent on walking the Glenshane forest Horse Shoe, to give us a nice route over 10 miles with some boggy & peat hagged ground to stretch our legs on & to get our bodies used to carrying the heavier rucksacks again.

Another snow shower approaching

As we walked the route there was little in the way of views, due to the frequent snow & hail showers, which were also accompanied by gale force winds. Check out Fiona's hats tassels in the first photo, pointing straight back. All nice and refreshing, after the several ales and pizza the night before, it was just the thing to clear the mind.

After our walk we went to have a look at some of the area's Megalithic sites.

Aghascrebagh Ogham Stone

The whole Sperrin area is awash with stone circles, Portal Tombs, Standing Stones & Stone Alinement's. The Aghascrebagh Stone (above) is the only Ogham stone in Co. Tyrone, there is another standing stone a short distance away. These standing stones are part of a 'Henge' & appear to be also in line with the cairn on the hill opposite.

Glenroan Portal Tomb

This Portal Tomb is located in a hedge in a valley where there is more Cairns, Forts and Tombs than you can shake a stick at. The whole nature of even the low lying ground round the hills, i.e bog covered, would lead you to believe that there is a lot more sites to be uncovered.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

April 10, 2009 at 8:32 PM  
Blogger mike knipe said...

Thats a remarkable amount of snow.... it all looks quite fab too. I think you've been very lucky to have those conditions.

I wonder what the deleted comment said, though...?

April 11, 2009 at 10:49 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

Michael & Fiona like snow! Have a look HERE

(The deleted comment was just spam btw.)

April 11, 2009 at 11:35 PM  
Blogger mike knipe said...

Ah yes, I see. There is quite a lot of snow in some of those pics, innit?
I mean a lorra lorra snow....

April 12, 2009 at 12:00 AM  
Blogger Alan Sloman said...

Now there's a thought... Highly nutritious stuff ~ almost as nice as pork pies...

April 12, 2009 at 7:54 AM  
Blogger michael gray said...

Yes i have to admit it, i love being out in the snow in my snow shoes or crampons, More so than walking in our now regularly wet summers & besides, I find my snow shoes tend to catch on the heather in summer.

Spam, could have done with some of that on Sunday, when Fiona & I traversed the "Beast" in North Mayo. We didn't get back to the car till 8:45pm, details to follow!

April 14, 2009 at 8:46 PM  

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