LEINSTER MPC MAY 10/11/12 1996
MAP 56 -DISCOVERY SERIES
SCALE 1:50,000 MAGNETIC VARIATION 8 DEGREES
FRIDAY 10 MAY
STARTING POINT: WICKLOW GAP CAR PARK (075 002)
INSTRUCTIONS TO START
The start is at the highest point (470m) on the Wicklow Gap road and can be approached from the East
or the West.
From the East, travel to Laragh via Roundwood or Rathdrum and from Laragh take the R756 for about
6.5 miles to start.
From the West, leave the N81 near Hollywood village (934 054) and follow the R756 for about 11 miles
Please arrive between 8pm and 10 pm. If you arrive early do not leave until you have been checked in.
START TO BASE CAMP (064 968)
After cheek in, follow the private road (closed to traffic) which climbs in a southerly direction towards
Turlough Hill Reservoir. This is part of the ESB's Pumped Storage Scheme, the only one of its kind in
Ireland. At times of peak demand for electricity, water is released from the reservoir into pipes running
through the mountain to a power station located underground. The water is collected in Lough Nahangan
and at times of low demand (night time) the water is pumped back through the pipes ready for use next
Ignore the left turn near the top of the road and continue on to Spot Height 681 m at 063 982, which is
marked by a concrete hut.
From here proceed in a southerly direction down into the Glenealo Valley. Base camp will be on the
banks of the Glenealo River at 064 968. Be sure to check in before settling down for the night.
SATURDAY 11 MAY
BASE CAMP TO HIGH CAMP
After breakfast, pack your gear and tidy the site-LEAVE NO LITTER
Base camp to Saddle at 059 966
This is the steepest climb of the day so take your time. The Glenealo Valley is part of the Wicklow National Park and
home to several herds of deerthe original red deer sika deer and hybrids of the two. You will also see the cliffs above
Glendalough (Gleann da Loch-Glen of two lakes) although the lakes themselves will remain hidden from view. This is
a fine example of glacial action as the retreating glacier scooped out a huge trough thus forming the lakes.
Saddle at 059 964 to Spot Height 633m at 052 972
The saddle is on the Lugduff ridge that separates Glendalough and Glenmalure. To the south lie the cliffs of Ben
Leagh and Arts Lough. To the south west is Lugnaquilla the highest mountain in Wicklow/Leinster.Follow the ridge in
a north westerly direction through an area of peat hags to Spot Height 633m
Spot Height 633m to Spot Height 702m at 043 980
Continue to follow the ridge in a north westerly direction over gently rising ground covered in heather. Spot Height
702m to Conavalla at 039 972 Turn in a south westerly direction to Convalla. This area has been badly eroded and
much of it is covered with semi-liquid peat- so beware! The terrain changes as you near Conavalla which is covered
with rocks. Conavalla to Three Lakes at 032 982 Descend in a north westerly direction to Three Lakes. The map is
not wrong because there are only two lakes there! The area to the south of the lakes is very wet so don't go too close.
Three Lakes to Arts Cross at 038 991
This takes you across some very broken ground so be careful and keep a close eye on map and compass. The cross
commemorates Art O'Neill who died near here in the winter of 1592 following his escape from Dublin Castle as he
made his way to join the O'Byrne Clan in Glenmalure.
Arts Cross to Lough Firrib at 049 988
Continue over more broken ground to Lough Firrib, a tiny lake set in undulating moorland that is far from easy to find.
Lough Firrib to Spot Height 599m (043 999)
From Lough Firrib you should be able to see the ramparts of Turlough Hill reservoir
and, across the Wicklow Gap, the great backbone of Tonlegee (Toin le Gaoth - Backside to the
Wind). Head down hill in a north westerly direction to Spot Height 599m
Spot Height 599m to High Camp at 036 996 Descend to the valley of the Glenreemore brook- remember that most
accidents happen on descents. Some older maps show a lake here If you can't see it, don't worry because it doesn't
exist! Check in on arrival and prepare for the night.
SUNDAY 12 MAY
HIGH CAMP TO FINISH
Pack your gear and leave High Camp when your site has been inspected. Remember that all litter must
be taken away.
High Camp to River Bank at 033 998
Follow the river bank down stream to point 033 998
River bank to Forest Edge at 032 005
Traverse across the Oakwood spur in a northerly direction until you reach the edge of the forest.
Forest Edge to Forest Corner at 040 009
Travel along by the forest edge to point 040 009. Contrary to what may appear on the map, there is a
wide break in the forest here
Forest corner to Kings River at 046 016
Proceed downhill through some boggy ground and under the ESB pylons until you reach the Kings
Kings River to New Forest Entrance at 046 019
Cross the river and follow the flags which will guide you through an a very overgrown forest fire break
that leads to the Wicklow Gap road. The finish is at a new forest entrance that is not marked on the