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Irish Law from Largs (nearly!)

Irish Law from Largs (nearly!)


Postby rob munbett » Sat Jul 11, 2020 1:11 pm

Date walked: 10/07/2020

Time taken: 3 hours

Distance: 10.2 km

Ascent: 510m

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I have driven past Irish Law and the Knockside Hills many times on my way down to largs but never fancied walking up them from the A760 road. I thought I'd make use of the track/road up from the town to Greeto bridge and take in the Tump Feuside Hill as well. Things started well: an early start and a quiet drive down and the walk up to the bridge and beyond was very pleasant despite the strong wind and the fact that it was on a road. I left the road and headed for Feuside hill and it was then that my troubles began. I am still waiting for a revised date for my knee surgery postponed since April and, while it's not too bad walking on firm surfaces, it's very 'suspect' walking on uneven rough ground - and the terrain over to Feuside was very rough.
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Heading over the moorland to Feuside Hill and Irish Law
In hindsight, I should have known better and picked a walk with a good track, which is what I've been doing recently. By the time I had gone over the top of Feuside Hill and down to start of the climb up Little Irish Law I could hardly bear the pain. I sat for a while to rest, more in hope than expectation. It was so frustrating: I could clearly see the summit trig just over 600 metres in distance and about 140 metres of ascent but it was no use.
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Looking up Irish Law - the trig is visible!
I had to think about how I could get back to the car - I still had the re-ascent of Feuside Hill and the struggle across the tussocky moorland before reaching the relative security of the road. It was a long, painful walk/hobble back to the car then a drive home for some ice-packs and Ibuprofen gel. Next time no rough stuff!
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Pleasant views on the walk out

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