Marhofn 183.10 - May 2008

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Tips for the Tops:

Tom an t-Saighdeir (19A, LR55)

Alan Dawson: Since reading Jon Metcalf's helpful and detailed account of his heroic failures and eventual success on this little blighter eight years ago, I've found excuses to steer clear until I finally ran out of other day-trip options. It turned out to be such a doddle I didn't even get my boots wet or a twig in my face. We drove along the forest track to NM982161 and could have gone further, but a better bet is to go straight up from the road just east of the burn at 978153. From there it's five minutes to the track on easy short grass through open trees (you can still see the road from the track). The key to a pleasant ascent is the lovely grassy path that begins just west of the burn, round the big bend in the track. It's good walking almost all the way if you stick to the green path and don't get distracted by the brown twiggy tracks. No GPS or stick required. Just one obstacle though - a fallen tree at one point requires a short detour into a ditch. So it would be helpful if the next person up there takes a hand-saw and an old pair of thick gloves to clear this and turn the hill into a wee gem (almost).

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