Mountain Pursuit Challenge - Leinster 2005
Lugnaquillia, Co. Wicklow
The Wicklow mountains,
although not quite the highest mountains in
The route for this year’s
Leinster MPC involves a circuit of the Ow Valley,
starting and finishing at Aghavannagh. Because of its distance from
Check-in will be open from to . Please let us know if you’ll be late.
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Check-in is at the
arriving from the South, take the N81 to Baltinglass,
and then follow signs for Kiltegan. Once in Kiltegan follow signs for Rathdangan,
(marked on your map at 978864). Follow the Easterly road from the Rathdangan crossroads to arrive at the checkpoint at 056861
where you will be directed to the
Please drive carefully once you reach Aghavannagh as there will be teams walking along the road in the opposite direction!
FRIDAY NIGHT 6th May
Follow the forest path in a northerly direction. After 700 m there is a path junction at 055868, continue on the left hand path. Follow the forest path for another 2 Kms. At 048885 follow flashers through the trees to a river crossing. Cross the river and check in.
Some of the ground along the river is quite boggy, however good camping sites can be found by following up or downstream.
Note: this route does not cross any streams along the way so make sure you are carrying enough to drink for the day before leaving Base Camp.
Camp (047886) to
Rising up right beside the river is
the first climb of the day. The total height gain to the top of
Follow the fence along the top of
Aghavannagh in a
Follow the broad ridge firstly in a
From Lybagh the ridge continues in a
Slievemann 759m (018908) to Lugnaquillia 925m (022919).
Make a short decent from Slievemann to the broad boggy col
Finally the steep slopes of Lugnaquillia lie above. It looks a long way up to the top but from the col the climb is about 220m. Less than the 290m climb out of base camp. If the summit of Lugnaquillia is shrouded in mist (as it often is) it can be quite difficult to locate the large cairn at the top, very accurate navigation will be necessary to find the summit cairn. The summit cairn of Lugnaquillia is a large square topped off with a triangulation point. A brass plate mounted on small pillar nearby allows you to identify features way off in the distance. Can you find a location in your home county?
Lugnaquillia is the highest
mountain in Wicklow and the highest mountain in
Lugnaquillia 925m (022919) to Corrigasleggaun 794m (048911)
In misty conditions this will be the most difficult part of the route. It is quite important to find the correct point along the ridge leading down from Lugnaquillia to turn right to go across to Corrigasleggaun.
From the summit
of Lugnaquillia decend in a north easterly direction. Keep the steep ground above the south
prison on your right. Walk along this edge until it turns to the right after
300m. After the steep ground turn to the right in a
easterly direction for 1 Km to 044918.
From here decend a 70m drop to the col at 047915.
Ascend the relatively easy slops of Corrigasleggaun to find a small cairn marking the top.
Corrigasleggaun 794m (048911) to Kelly's Lough (061908)
From the summit of Corrigasleggaun walk in a south easterly direction. Keep the steep ground on your left as you descend. Continue along this ridge for 1.5 Km until the ridge meets the fence at 062904. Turn left at the fence and follow it down hill. This is the steepest section of decent on Saturday and it comes at the end of the day when everybody is tired. Take great care on this last steep section. When the fence reaches level ground the lake is on your left. Our high camp is a little beyond the lake at 055911.
AT HIGH CAMP:
Please take special care to bury your excrement, and well away from the streams (bring a small trowel per patrol) at High Camp. This area (and indeed anywhere in Wicklow) is very popular with hillwalkers and we do not want to destroy it by scattering our dirt everywhere.
Also, if you are using the
stream to wash pots or yourself, please do so DOWNSTREAM so it will not dirty
the water for anyone who may be using it for drinking.
SUNDAY 8th May
Pack your gear and leave base Camp when your site has been inspected. Remember that all litter (including food scattered on the ground) must be taken away.
Reverse the last section of the
route from yesterday to the crest of the hill at 062904.
Descend from here to spot height 630m (052898). There is no obvious top to be found. This is really a broad flat area of ground.
Cross a fence shortly after the spot height and continue in a South Easterly direction keeping between the forest with trees on the left and right.
Reach the corner of the forestry at 061088. From this point you can see that is possible to continue walking along the ridge. There is a fence leading away from you at a magnetic bearing of 100 degrees.
Walk along the fence keeping the fence on your left and the forestry on the right. Continue in this direction for 300 m to 063886. On your right at 064886 you will see a forest break about 10-15 m wide descending in a
Descend along the forest break for about 500m. The forest break will cross a very obvious forest track at 063881. Turn right along the forest track.
After 300m the track forks, take the lower track by keeping to the left. Continue for another 600m to the track junction at 054881. Turn left along the down hill track.
After another 1 Km reach the track junction at 061874, turn right.
Continue along this track back to the forest entrance at 056861.
We will try to shuttle leaders from
here back to their cars at the
We hope you enjoyed your MPC adventure!
You can buy an MPC T-Shirt or polo top if you wish.
Hope to see you all on the Connacht MPC in September.