This was one of those long time coming hikes. I have been living with the missus in Wexford for close on two years now and we have never climbed Mount Leinster, despite it only being a 20 minute drive away. I know we're awful!
So we said that we would make the most of the end of summer "heat wave" this week and head up there for a hike. I love that Ireland is classing it as a heat wave just because we can still wear t-shirts and not have to resort to the jumpers.
We set off from, what we discovered half way up, the wrong starting point. We headed through a small evergreen forest on the south side of the mountain just before Kiltealy. The path beyond the forest was well worn and it lead us to what was the actual trail to the top of Black Rock. The first mountain top we would reach before making our way across the ride to Mount Leinster. The day was good and the wind was low so we made good progress dispite neither of us having walked up a mountain since I moved to Wexford.
As we reached the crest of the ridge we came across the old turf cutters house. Not used any longer but still in good shape. Having taken the odd photo and a small rest we made our way west towards Mount Leinster.
With the worst of the steep hills over we thought the walk to the top of Mount Leinster would be a doddle but we were wrong. Very wrong. The hunger drain kicked in bout a half hour off the rendezvous point for lunch and we were not willing to sacrifice the views from the top of the mountain for a cop out half way up refuel. I'm making this all sound very drematic when in reality we just walked at a slightly slower pace.
Just after the two hour mark we made it to the top and took our place on top of one of the old concrete support ankors for the tower to have our much wanted lunch. The view was quite amazing due to the fine day. We were even able to see all the way to the end of The Raven - the far end of the beach near Wexford town near where we had set off from this morning. We were also greeted by a few paragliders who had set off from a nearby small mountain. We sat for a while taking in what might be the last sun off the summer, according to Met Eireann.
The hike down was grand. Mainly because, well, it was downhill. The route back was the same as the one up so there were no suprises or chances to get lost. I say this cause we had an eventfull decent of the Knockmealdown Mountains in west Waterford a few years ago. It was very embarrassing as they are the mountains I grew up on, herding sheep with my grandad. My excuse is that it was a section of the mountain I had not decended before. Yep thats what I'm sticking with.
Reaching the car a sigh of relief could be heard as it was now time for the much deserved pint. We drove to the nearby village of Kiltealy to the Thatch pub and had a good old pint while watching the all Ireland final.
Not a bad old way to spend a Sunday.
ar an rothar
endurance cyclist, adventurer and usually hungry