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Clogher stone fort.

10 May

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After our explorations at Coolavin House (see previous post) we decided to visit Clogher Stone Fort. Just down the road it is on the lands of the Coolavin Estate.

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The entrance is under the stone arch and through this lovely iron gate. I believe this is called a kissing gate.

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A short walk through an area with some lovely trees…mostly Beeches…brings one to the fort.

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Sitting atop the hill in all it’s glory is the ancient fort.

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The walls are 15 feet thick and about 10 feet high. It would have taken a lot of labour to build this so it would have belonged to a fairly wealthy family. It is estimated to have been built about 2,000 years ago.

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It would have been built for defensive purposes. ..the family  living in huts within the compound. Amazing to think that 2,000 years ago our ancestors would have been climbing these steps to survey the countryside for friend or foe on the horizon.

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There are 2 souterrains within the fort. Souterrains are believed to have been used to store perishable foodstuffs and as hiding places during raids. These ones are also said to lead on to tunnels which emerge about a mile away.

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We really had a lovely time here amongst the trees and the stones…two of my favourite things.

 

 

 

 

The daily walk.

21 Nov

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The great thing about having dogs is that they make you take exercise. If they are not taken for at least one walk a day your life will be made hell by the dirty looks from the creatures. We have 55 acres of forest behind our house…not ours I might add…and lucky for us we have the owners permission to walk there. Five of these acres are used as a research area so they have nice paths through the trees and the trees are brashed. Brashed is when the bottom branches are taken off the trees.

Sometimes we go to the forest through the gate at the bottom of the garden…

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other times we head out through the Ash tree plantation to the west of our house. The dogs run ahead excitedly but come back if I am dallying.

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Out onto the lane where a short time ago we were picking Blackberries galore. The dogs weren’t impressed with the fruit picking…they just want to walk…and sniff and investigate.

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On to the wooden bridge and into the forest.

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Looking back up through the trees the cottage and polytunnel can be glimpsed.

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On we go…

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until we come to the boundary between the forest and the next door farm. Along this boundary is a wonderful line of Beech trees…

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probably planted by the gentry who once counted these lands among their estates. The once beautiful hunting lodge called Bella now derelict.

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Inquisitive cattle stand and stare.

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Fallen Beech leaves make a soft carpet to walk on.

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Lettie wants to go back in the forest.

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Lots of fungi growing amongst the Spruce trees here. Unfortunately these are False Chanterelles. Pity!

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They are pretty though.

Time for home. It will all be done again tomorrow but no matter how often I walk here it always feels nice and fresh and new. So many paths to explore. Scents to enjoy. Birdsong to listen too. Wood to collect to keep the home fire burning bright.

The beauty and bounty of Nature right on our doorstep.

 

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