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Dublin & Wicklow Walks » Family Walks
These are a great selection. Gonna be doing one of these every weekend if possible, now that the 2 year old can just about handle it ;)
wicklow  walking  dublin  nature  family  activities 
may 2016 by jm
GpsMapIreland
This topographic map represents Ireland. It is designed for "hillwalking". The contour lines are extracted from SRTM public data provided by NASA. These files contain a digitized ground represented by points. The sample rate defines a grid resolution for Ireland around 90m in northing and 60m in easting. In major cases, digitized points do not correspond with summits. Carrauntoohil (1039m, the highest summit of Ireland) does not appear in SRTM data. The altitude reaches only 1018m.
Data were obtain from space with a radar. Because of the relative position between the radar and the earth, a shadow appears in some conditions (along ridges, behind summits...). This shadow matches with a gap in data (Imagine you with a flashlight in a dark room. It is hard to see what is in shadow). To close these gaps, you need other data or you can do interpolation. The second solution is applied in our case. There is one square degree per SRTM file with a sample rate of 1200x1200 points/square degree at Ireland latitude. [...]
All in all you obtain contour lines pretty sufficient for walking.
hillwalking  walking  ireland  gps  garmin  open-data  srtm  maps  hiking  via:alan 
november 2014 by jm
South Downs litter picker has truck named after him - West Sussex County Times
This is amazing. In http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/06/30/stepping-out-3 , David Sedaris had written: 'in recognition of all the rubbish I’ve collected since getting my Fitbit, my local council is naming a garbage truck after me'; naturally, I assumed he was joking, but it looks like he wasn't:
Horsham District Council has paid thanks to a volunteer who devotes a great deal of time and energy to walking many miles clearing litter from near where he lives as well as surrounding areas.

David Sedaris litter picks in areas including Parham, Coldwaltham, Storrington and beyond. In recognition for all his fantastic work and dedication and as a token of Horsham District Council’s appreciation, the council has named one of their waste vehicles after him. The vehicle, bedecked with its bespoke ‘Pig Pen Sedaris’ sign was officially unveiled by the Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex Mrs Susan Pyper at an outdoor ceremony on July 23.


Best of all, the article utterly fails to mention who he is. Amazing.

(via John Braine)
via:john-braine  funny  david-sedaris  litter  uk  horsham  rubbish  garbage  cleaning  volunteering  walking 
july 2014 by jm
Limerick-Tralee walking/cycling route blocked by farmers
Oh for god's sake. I know a few people who've made a trip to Mayo explicitly because the Greenway was there to visit. This is shocking, backwards stuff:
The success of [Mayo's] Great Western Greenway [trail] has overtaken that of others, such as the Great Southern Trail group, which has been working hard to install a walking and cycling route on sections of the former Limerick-Tralee railway line.
On February 2nd, to mark the 50th anniversary of its closure, about 150 members and supporters of the Great Southern Trail set out from the old railway station at Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick, along the most recently developed section to cross the Kerry county boundary. The trailers were greeted by a barricade on the border, manned by more than 30 farmers, including the Listowel Fine Gael town councillor Denis Stack. A stand-off continued for three hours, with the Garda mediating in vain. The farmers were trying to lay claim to the land occupied by the disused railway line, even though Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar had made it clear that CIÉ “is the owner of the property [and] will object to any application by others to register these lands”.


(via Rossa McMahon)
via:rossamcmahon  cycling  walking  hiking  trails  ireland  kerry  limerick  listowel  denis-stack  cie 
april 2013 by jm

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