AND SO CAN LE­IN­STER

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Phoenix Park in the heart of Dublin has 1,750 acres to ex­plore

Photo: Tony Gavin

START/FIN­ISH GET­TING THERE

Glen­bar­row car park. Head to Rose­nal­lis, on the R422 be­tween Mount­mel­lick and Clonaslee. Now fol­low the signs for Glen­bar­row trail­head, pass­ing through sev­eral junc­tions to reach the car park some 4km later.

Mod­er­ate — a signed trail with rough paths and 130m as­cent.

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10km/2.5-3.5 hours. A print-out of the Old Mill Loop map from the walk­ing sec­tion of slieve­bloom.ie.

At Davitt Shop­ping Cen­tre in Mount­mel­lick, where The Cof­fee Pot of­fers a tempt­ing range of home-baked cakes..

RE­FUEL

Take care near the top though, as cor­nices can ob­scure the rims of the cor­ries hold­ing the North and South Prisons. Wait for a good fore­cast too — clear views quickly be­come bliz­zards at this al­ti­tude!

Fen­ton’s pub, The Glen of Imaal. Note that ac­cess to this route is for­bid­den dur­ing live fir­ing prac­tice in the ad­ja­cent mil­i­tary range. Call the War­den Ser­vice on (045) 404 653 to check the fir­ing sched­ule be­fore trav­el­ling.

Ap­proach the area via the N81. Around 21km south of Bless­ing­ton, turn east to­wards Glen of Imaal. Con­tinue straight for 7km to reach Fen­ton’s pub.

Hard — with 720m as­cent, pre­vi­ous hill­walk­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is re­quired.

13km/5-6 hours. Full moun­tain safety gear, in­clud­ing OSI Dis­cov­ery Se­ries 56 map, com­pass, warm cloth­ing, spare food and head torch.

At Fen­ton’s pub, an in­sti­tu­tion among hill­walk­ers, or Toomey’s Bar in nearby Donard, for a tasty bite to eat.

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