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Midweek Meets: Bonfire Buttress
July 15, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Near Ashford – Parking Limited – Car Pool recommended.
Meet at Ashford House in centre of Ashford at 6pm. Car pooling from there to the crag. If you are running late (or going early 😉 directions below
Driving south on the N11 from Dublin, take the slip road signposted for Ashford. Go straight through at the roundabout in the village, then, just after the filling station, take the side road sloping up right. Continue on this road to the entrance to the Bel Air Hotel. Turn around here and drive back for 50m to the entrance on the left (at the 50kph sign). Take the dirt road between the two houses and, after another 50m, park at the familiar black-and-yellow barrier, making sure to leave enough room for the pony trekkers to come down the narrow path on the left and go through the gap on the right of the barrier. (If the dirt road is blocked by cars belonging to either of the two houses, there is room at the entrance to the Bel Air for a couple of cars).
A walk of just over one minute from the barrier brings the crag into view. A path of sorts starts at the right edge of a little clearing (ignore the path heading left towards the pines) and passes behind a small oak tree, heading for the right-hand end of the crag. This path, almost completely smothered in high ferns during summer, leads to the crag a bit right of centre and then follows back along the base of it. Less than 5 minutes from the barrier.