Slieau Whallian

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Last week I pottered up The Breary and Breary mountain by pretty much the same route as documented here before. Nothing new to report there except I did it in reverse, probably harder that way.

Just a short walk this week – following the simplest way to do a loop including the summit of Slieau Whallian. I parked on the back road just where there is access onto the old Foxdale railway line and a large lay-by and headed up the road to the gate at the bottom of the Green Way.

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I hadn’t been up this way for a while, it has always been rutted by run off from the fields but I was pleasantly surprised that it hadn’t got any worse though some fallen trees were in the way at one point.

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Near the top the views open up to Greeba Mountain to the north and South Barrule to the SE.

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This shot is from the Glen Needle reservoir where I should have turned right up a small track to follow the permissive access route but there is no way mark or sign and I continued through the gate to the next gate where I turned right along the path I had followed previously. I only realised this was the correct way later…

This climbs up through heather alongside a wall but at the top the gap int he wall had been fenced. There was a way through to the left under some barbed wire and I continued, presumably somewhere here rejoining the permissive path.

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At the start of the final slopes to the top there is a gate which I  had to climb.

At the top the views were a bit grey and misty and it started to rain but it is a very fine summit.

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From the top you need to take the right hand track northwards. This leads to a stile and then steep grassy slopes down to the boggy plateau above and the top of the plantation where there is a large cairn and fine views.

From here it is a short walk to the stile into the plantation where some rather old signs tell you where you are allowed to walk.

 

It is then just a case of finding the least muddy way through the top of the plantation and onto the fire tracks down to the road.

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5.6km and 340m of climbing in 1hr 30min.

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