Recalling my best hiking and sketching memories of 2017. 2. The Beara Way
A long, long road, a stiff climb and a skiddy descent. Missing the feeling of remoteness. Closing the circle.
Evocatively named hills, high passes and long descents, a stone circle between two lakes and a surprise ending.
Majestic views, beaches, harbours, mountains, loughs, dappled sunlight, stone circles and shady woods. A beautiful day to eclipse yesterday’s deluge.
A wet, grey, boggy and challenging hike with discomfort lightened by kindness.
The first day of four from Dursey to Kenmare to complete most of the Beara Way.
Swaying over the sound, leaning into the wind, a bull, a cow, and a calf, a dark past and a lonely present.
Clooties and a stone circle, a route quandary, mines and rainbow houses.
Kissed by the clouds under Hungry Hill, one more valley and another, a treat for the feet and a humongous ice-cream.
Climbing the Sugar Loaf, into the mist, a disturbing cache, an apparition, sleeping under Hungry Hill.