Her­itage week walks planned in Glen­malure

Bray People - - NEWS -

TWO in­ter­est­ing events for those who love walk­ing and the great out­doors have been or­gan­ised in Glen­malure by the Pure Mile group for Her­itage Week.

The first is a min­ing her­itage hill walk which is a chal­leng­ing 20k hill walk through all the sig­nif­i­cant lead min­ing sites in the Wick­low Moun­tains. It will be­gin at the Glen­dasan mine site near Tur­lough Hill and will fin­ish at Bar­a­vore car park, Glen­malure.

Led by lo­cal Moun­tain Guide, Charles O’Byrne, the route will take in the Min­ers Vil­lage and Van Die- men’s Mines in Glen­dalough be­fore con­tin­u­ing over Lug­duff Moun­tain to de­scend into Glen­malure via the old min­ing track in Bal­li­na­fun­shoge mine site. It will fin­ish at the Bar­a­vore and Bal­li­nagoneen mine sites with an op­por­tu­nity to view the newly re­stored mine Crusher House. Lo­cal min­ing and his­tor­i­cal groups will give a brief out­line of the his­tory of each mine site dur­ing the walk.

The meet­ing point is at Bar­a­vore car park, Glen­malure at 9 a.m.. Bus trans­port will be pro­vided to the start­ing point. This is a free event with the only cost be­ing the bus trans­port from Bar­a­vore to the start­ing point of the walk.

Pre-book­ing is es­sen­tial as the max­i­mum peo­ple al­lowed is 25. Email:glen­malure­puremile@ gmail.com or tele­phone Carmel at (0404)46768.

The se­cond event will be the of­fi­cial open­ing of the new Coillte Looped Min­ing Trail by Min­is­ter of State for Forestry, An­drew Doyle on Thurs­day, Au­gust 24, at 2.30 p.m. fol­lowed by the launch of the 2017 PURE Mile leaflet in Glen­malure Lodge by Cllr Pat Kennedy.

This short trail, re­cently re­stored by Coillte, fol­lows part of the old zig zag min­ers track on the hill­side of Bar­a­vore and now pro­vides a pleas­ant walk­ing loop, join­ing up with the forestry road which leads back to the An Óige hostel and the Ta­ble Track.

The route passes the fine gran­ite struc­ture known as the new crusher house which has been re­cently re­stored by Coillte and the Her­itage Coun­cil and was one of five sites se­lected for the na­tional Adopt a Mon­u­ment Scheme 2016.

The newly re­stored mine Crusher House.

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