Thursday, 9 April 2015

Another One Of My Walks Along The Dragons Back.

We went on another one of our walks on Monday.   We travelled by car along the narrow and precarious road up the Goats Path.  It's one of the most spectactular scenic roads on the Sheepshead Peninsula.  Plus it's on the North side (Northsider blog name) of the peninsula.  You can see the Beara Peninsula, our peninsula and the Mizen peninsula.  Three peninsulas sticking their fingers out into the Atlantic.  You can even see the Fastnet lighthouse from up here  They use to call it the the 'Teardrop of Ireland'.  It was the last part of Ireland the emigrant ships would see.



 We parked the car next to this pieta.  It's featured in Mike Harding's book: Footloose In The West of Ireland.  Apparently the Calvary was put there by a local man who made good in America.
 We just went for a saunter up the Peakeen Ridge to the ancient X-Passage tomb.
 I christened it the :'Dragon's Back'.  Because the mountain is all scaly and undulated like a stone dragon's back.  No I haven't been on the Poteen ("white lemonade") again.  I have just got a vivid imagination and lots of time to go for walks.
Sign to the Megalithic Tomb.
 The wedge tomb of some ancient chieftain.  I believe it was found when they made the route for the Sheep's Head Way.  You just follow the yellow oak finger posts.
 The chieftains ashes would have been buried in the wedge tomb and a stone cairn placed on the top.
Deserted famine village looking down  above the cliffs overlooking Bantry Bay.

We walked 4 miles and people much younger than us spoke and passed us on the descent back to the car park.  Yet another sign we are slowing down and getting older.  Time waits for no one, does it?

10 comments:

  1. Yes it is lovely scenery BG. I hope summers not come too soon. Thanks!

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  2. You are a lucky man living where you do Dave, the weather has been glorious here this week and I've been looking at my photos of Crookhaven and the Sheeps Head and sighing :)
    Twiggy

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  3. Hi Twiggy. It's been glorious here too. It's not a nice place to live during the gale season - November to March. It won't be long before you go on holiday to Ireland. Thanks!

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  4. You made me feel quite hungry to go walking again, especially across cliff tops. I don't walk much here, apart from round our fields, and sometimes I miss the footpath walks me and my husband used to go on, especially when we were map reading our way round the route. Finding ourselves back at the car always felt such a relief!

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    1. Hi Vera. I love walking but not so much on my own. You notice so much more when you are walking than when you are in a car. Walking is supposed to exercise all the muscles in your body. Thanks!

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  5. Aww Dave change of plan, hubby decided to book a cottage on the Isle of Aran, got a really good deal on the ferry so we won't have to drive for 6 flippin hours this time !!
    I am determined we will visit Cork soon !!
    Twiggy

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    1. Hi Twiggy. You will have a great holiday on the Isle of Aran. Thanks!

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  6. Great result yesterday Dave. Man U are back on form again.

    I enjoyed reading about your walk.

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    1. Hi Rachel. Yes it's getting really exciting and the Gunners and United look very good at the moment. Sorry haven't answered until now. We have been away for a few days.!

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