Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Glendalough

The Gleneolo River flows softly in Glendalough, a valley famous for its monastic city
which grew up in the 11th Century, its buildings and 30m tower a popular film location today. But we are heading from here up past waterfalls and through a wood to gain the high ground
from where can be seen the two lakes that give the valley its name, Glendalough, or the 'glen of the two lakes'.
Walking further up and along the ridge on the boardwalk which in this area of high rainfall helps one over the mire although as we were here in June, and in the middle of a heatwave, the ground was dry(ish).
Eventually reaching the head of the valley and crossing the stream that will become the Glenealo River which will flow down the valley to keep the lakes full but only the higher lake can be seen at this point, the lower lake hidden in the bend of the valley.   As we come down to the valley floor we come to the remains of an old mining village
which grew up in the 1800s when lead, zinc and silver were discovered here and thousands of miners worked in this remote location which they called Van Diemen's Land (after the distant colony in Australia) because it seemed so far from civilization.  Today
the area and its lakes is a popular leisure destination. This is the lower lake with its little beaches.

An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet, this week sojourning at G here
 



8 comments:

Hildred said...

A lovely spot, and with a lot of history.

zongrik said...

metals, gorgeous views, wonderful German Shepard, looks like heaven.

ABC Wednesday said...

Wow amazing views... how quiet without people there.. wonderful nature.

If only... I would love to visit it!


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Roger Owen Green said...

I bet those rocks are surprisingly slippery

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carol l mckenna said...

What a beautiful place and great photos for G ~ ^_^

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Su-sieee! Mac said...

Looks like a magical place.

Betty said...

That would be a wonderful place to visit. It's beautiful!

DeeDee said...

Lovely Post for G

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