News 2018 

Title:  Enjoy the outdoors this weekend
Date:  06/07/2018

Enjoy the outdoors this weekend

Ireland’s current Mediterranean weather is ideal for exploring our hills, countryside and coast. With these unusual conditions there are different factors to consider when planning your outdoor activities:

  • On very hot days walking in the morning or evening may be more pleasant than walking in the middle of the day.
  • There is very little shade on the mountains or at the coast, ensure that you wear sunscreen, wraparound sunglasses and a sunhat that protects your neck and ears.
  • Even though the ground is dry, it’s essential to have footwear that will protect your feet and prevent slips, especially if you are on steep or rough ground.
  • Bring plenty of water and drink it!
  • Spare clothing is essential, the temperature on our higher mountains can be as much as 10 degrees Celsius lower than at ground level.
  • Do not light fires outdoors or use barbecues, sparks travel easily on even a light breeze and could ignite vegetation, which is exceptionally dry at present.
  • Be especially careful when disposing of cigarettes; fires have devastated large areas of moorland and forestry over the last week.
  • In Wicklow the Military Road between Glencree and the Sally Gap will be closed for the weekend, and forests where fires have occurred will be unpleasant to visit (e.g. Carrickgollogan and Barnaslingan). The Slieve Blooms should also be avoided due to the ongoing fires there.
  • When parking, always ensure that forest entrances and narrow roads are kept clear so that the Emergency Services can gain access.

For general advice on planning a trail walk or hill walk, check out Mountaineering Ireland’s Walk Safely leaflet - CLICK HERE

The skills to look after yourself on the hills, and to have more rewarding and adventurous experiences, can easily be acquired through a Mountain Skills course – to learn more - CLICK HERE

Take care and enjoy the outdoors this weekend!

 See also:

Advice on sun safety in the outdoors

Coillte calls for public vigilance due to high fire risk

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