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Good morning off-roaders!
I probably don’t need to tell you that Ireland has tremendous potential for walking, cycling and other outdoor recreation activities, and that wise management is required to deliver quality recreation experiences and long-term benefit.
Many of Ireland’s mountains are suffering the effects of erosion, whether through increased recreational activity or natural processes, or indeed a combination of these. As these areas have a high conservation value, it’s important to respond appropriately.
Helping the Hills is a conference on the management of upland paths, hosted by Mountaineering Ireland and taking place at Glendalough, Co. Wicklow on Thursday 13th – Friday 14th September.
The programme incorporates presentations, workshops and site visits. The conference will be jointly opened by Minister Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Minister Alex Attwood MLA, Minister for the Environment (NI). We have a strong line-up of speakers, ready to share the lessons from their work in the management of recreation and upland paths.
This event should be of interest and value to those involved in the promotion, funding and management of outdoor recreation, local authorities, land managers, participants in outdoor recreation and all those with an interest in the sustainable management of upland areas.
Conference fee is just €80, for full programme and online booking, go to www.helpingthehills.ie.
We look forward to seeing some of you in Glendalough!
Hillwalking, Access & Conservation Officer
In preparation for this weekend’s Gravity Enduro event, riders are asked to avoid using any of the less-durable / more damage-susceptible trails on 3Rock/Ticknock and use the Coillte-built trails, firebreaks, and the more durable/drier trails that are up there.
With further heavy rain predicted for the end of the week, and still a lot of floodwater on trails, it is important to avoid using sections where you see water-pools, mud and deep tyre-marks, as the crew from Gravity Enduro are trying their utmost to keep these trails in prime condition for everyone’s enjoyment at the weekend.
Thanks for your cooperation, this will make for a much more enjoyable event at the weekend.
Best of luck to everyone taking part in the Gravity Enduro.
Unknown individuals have broken a large number of glass bottles along the trails in Leadmines, Co. Dublin. Please be aware of this and keep your eye out when riding. Members of EPIC Mtb are leading the clean-up effort – check here if you’d like to help out.
You can see some photos of the damage here.
A number of mountainbikers have reported large rocks being deliberately rolled onto the new purpose-built mtb trails on Three Rock in Dublin. We have reported this to Coillte and received the following response:
Thanks for this notice. We will have someone out to the site ASAP to rectify.
The signage for the site is currently being maunfactured and I will have a date for installation shortly.
Can I please ask that you alert MTBers on the forums and also ask that MTBers are vigilant for anyone disturbing the trail works? While we will pursue anyone we can for criminal damage, which I regard this as being, there is no doubt that vilgilance by MTBers as legitimate users of the forest is the best prevention from further damage.
Also, please note that the byelaw for the property will change once the signage is erected, to designate the trails for MTB use.
I do note that there are issues of other users on the MTB trails. The new signage will clearly state that the MTB trails are for MTB use only and we will have numerous signs to this effect on the trails. While the MTB trails are not yet open, policing this is very difficult and I would appreciate that MTBers are made aware of the likely presence of other users currently.
************************************************** *********************Daithi de Forge, Coillte (Recreation Unit); National Trails Office (Technical advisor)
While not officially open, these trails are seeing some use, so please be aware of the possible dangers of obstructions and other trail users. As always, please bear in mind the unofficial “rules of the trail“.
Trail diversions will be in place on the Ballinastoe MTB trails due to harvesting operations, and will be in place for 10 weeks.
Operations will likely be confined to the upper sections for the moment and it will be a series of rolling re-routes over the 10 week period rather than a full closure.
Please respect these diversions and DO NOT APPROACH working machinery.
Remember that trail sections are closed temporarily for your safety – machines require large, clear safety zones for tree felling.
Thanks you for your co-operation.
Daithi de Forge, Coillte (Recreation Unit); National Trails Office (Technical advisor)
DANGER – Deer culling at Ballinastoe weekdays from October 5th to November 30th.
***FIREARMS IN USE***
Weekdays from October 5th to November 30th, between the hours of 11pm and 7.30am, deer culling will take place at Ballinastoe and ALL TRAILS ARE OUT OF BOUNDS AT THESE TIMES.