This 1.5-2 hour walk brings you right through Macreddin Woods to the very top of Cushbawn Mountain and offers absolutely stunning views over three counties. It requires a reasonable level of fitness, but although some of the slopes are quite severe, no actual climbing is required, only walking! Please ensure you bring water and your mobile phone with you.
Walk and pass by Acton’s pub and go over the road into the golf course car park where you see a red gate (says private property).
After a short walk in the forest path, you will come to a golf course, be very careful of golfers and golf balls.
At the end of this golf fairway, continue straight onto the next golf fairway and cross it, again being careful of golfers and golf balls.
You have now come to Macreddin Woods (there is not so much forest left), and this is where the walk really starts.
There is not so much forest left, but it is still worthwhile to walk to the top of the mountain to see a great view!
Follow the main path you are on, up you go about 5 or 10 minutes until you come to a large circular clearing (crossroad).
Before you continue straight across this clearing you can stop a moment and look around you to see a view like this.
Straight across from that clearing you follow the narrow path a few minutes and you meet a T junction. Take the right-hand path which starts downhill and then it is basically easy to walk about 5-10 minutes until you see crossroad that is U shaped.
When you come to U shaped crossroad you follow the left road to uphill. To the top is around a half-hour or more, depending on how often you pause and admire views.
You see again crossroad, go left (uphill) and this leads the top of the mountain.
Go straight up (arrow in the picture) where you can stop again to see amazing views.
Then continue to the higher, where you will be amazed at how far you can see and how high you are.
You’ll know you’re at the top when the trees have receded on either side and it’s obvious that the path ahead of you starts to decline. Stand up on the rocks and, if weather permitted, marvel at the 360-degree view of nothing but valleys, mountains and beautiful scenery all the shades of green that you experience in Ireland.
Now the descent: Pictures coming soon! Continue another thirty or so paces along the same path, and you will find 2 small rocky pathways on your left side, take 2nd one. Follow this path downhill (it turns soon less rocky) for about 5-10 minutes ignoring all lesser paths off it. The path leads you into the forest. You will come to a clearing with some off-road driving tracks but stay left and shortly you will come to a sort of T junction with a number of options. In front of you should be a field, and you want to take the option that has the field on your right side and the woods on your left side. Follow this downhill; taking care as it’s quite steep in parts until after approximately 5-10 minutes you come to a fork in the path. Take the more travelled left fork, back in the woods and continue along this flat path for about 5-10 minutes until you reach the same large circular clearing that you were in earlier. Take the right-hand path that is the same where you come up here and you should see the golf field that you can cross again and return to a hotel parking place.
‘The PURE Mile’ (approx. 1.6 km) is an environmental initiative of the PURE (Protecting Uplands and Rural Environments) project which aims to foster a greater appreciation and awareness of our country road scapes by rewarding and acknowledging the local community efforts. (Download text version: The Macreddin Mile.)
This is the story of just one mile of townland deep in Wicklow and more so the people and neighbours that reside here. Given that the natural stone in the area is granite and indeed the proximity of our Pure Mile to Aughrim, historically known as The Granite City, it was decided to highlight our local landmarks with cut granite and stone. All the Community-contributed granite from their homesteads, some of these were cut gable stones or gate posts.
Macreddin Mile Field names and places of interest Approaching Macreddin Mile from Aughrim direction.
1. Nolan’s Bank A number of gentle ascents for this 200m stretch are known as Nolan’s Bank. We are unsure how significant is the name, or if it is a family name once part of the locality, but previous generations generally identified this part of the road from Aughrim as Nolan’s Bank.
2. O’Hara’s Inch The O’ Hara’s name is one of a number that no longer exists in the locality and this field, owned by Liam Fanning, a descendent of the O’ Hara’s, has its own claim to fame. A debate in Tompkins pub (O‟ Toole‟s) in Aughrim many years ago as to whether the footballers of Macreddin or Aughrim were the better was decided in a match played here. Aughrim players lined out in the name of Tinakilly Rovers as the Team was then known. A very competitive game resulted in a win for the Macreddin side.
3. The Brow This parcel of land was once a number of smaller fields each with their own name. There was The long Follow, The Bridge Field, Keating’s Field and Strahan’s Brow. With the more modernised farming in the late sixties and seventies and bigger and higher output machinery, smaller fields were an inhibitor to daily output. The four fields gradually became one and today locals are content to call the land The Brow.
4. The Little Bridge The Little Bridge, so-called to distinguish it from the Big Bridge close by. A number of small streams make up this little river, one of which forms a boundary between the townlands of Macreddin and Cronawinna. Just before the Big Bridge, this river merges with the Ballycreen River and then flows on to Aughrim.
5. The Dip Tub Through This little gate passed thousands of sheep annually for their twice-yearly dipping. Winter dipping was compulsory in the eradication of sheep scab and County Council inspectors overseen and made sure all aspects of the regulations were complied with. Summer dipping was a necessity in the control of the blowfly. Local farmers organised their slot for the use of the tub and often helped each other to get through big numbers.
6. Strahan’s Haggard Every farmer’s yard in older times had a Haggard. This was where winter feed was stored in Ricks and the harvest was brought in for threshing. The Strahan family homestead and yard was here and while the haggard is long gone and Hayshed’s replaced the Ricks, to the senior people in the area it is still remembered as Strahan’s Haggard gate.
7. St. Credin’s Graveyard Here you have to take a left turn and follow the road to the graveyard and come back. It is believed that the monastery was at this site, where the present Macreddin Lower Graveyard exists. The holy water font, which is used for present-day cemetery masses here, is believed to date to monastery times as it was found buried on this site.
When you are back to the main road and continue upward, then you can see “The Fatten Field” right side of the road.
8. The Fatten field This field, now a modern-day driving range, was known in previous times as the Fatten Field. The origin of this name is not sure but possibly as the name implies it was where the stock was prepared for market. Older people in the area can remember before the arrival of tractors to Macreddin members of the Strahan Family turning out their horses there after a day‟s work plowing or haymaking. There was often a sport horse or two there as well.
Next, the left side you see Reilly’s Road and right side “The Fair Green Field” stone sign. When you have spotted both then you can continue to walk a Reilly’s Road to see “Castle Park” and very old St. Brigid’s Church. You can spot the left side of the road “Castle Park” stone sign before church that comes next to the right side of the road.
9. Reilly’s Road Takes you to Sheanabeg and gets its name because on the way there is a small ruin where it is believed a Reilly family lived. This road continues through Cappagh, Rosahane and into Aughavannagh.
10. The Fair Green Field The fair was held in Macreddin on every Whit Monday and when people could not make a bargain they used to fight with blackthorn sticks. After a while, a fair was held in Aughrim, and Macreddin fair died out by degrees because Aughrim fair was near the railway station. Dealers came from far and wide to trade. Entertainment was also provided with musicians, fortune-tellers, matchmakers and the like. However, the fair was notorious for its faction fighting.
Local folklore tells that houses in the neighbourhood had an ashplant or blackthorn stick at the ready for the fairs. In the later years of the fair’s existence when some semblance of law and order was introduced, one old lady, a regular attendant was heard to lament, “Twelve O’Clock at the fair of Macreddin and not a blow struck yet. Ah god with the good oul days”. The last fair was held around 1880. Charles Stuart Parnell from nearby Avondale was a regular visitor to the fairs.
11. Castle Park A castle was erected in this area between 1625 and 1629. It was known as Carysfort Castle after Henry Cary who was Lord Deputy at the time. In 1641 the garrison at this castle was withdrawn to Dublin and the castle was then left in the custody of a few unarmed English men. The O’Byrne’s intercepted a supply of arms sent to defend the castle and then took the castle. It is believed that this castle went to ruin in the late 1600s following Cromwell’s invasion. Settlers soon moved down to Aughrim as the elevation was high in Macreddin. The 1835 commissioner’s report described Carysfort as a “small village, containing a few houses of the humblest class” with a “thinly-scattered population in the neighbourhood, and neither trade or commerce of any kind in the village, and there seems to be no occasion whatever for reviving the corporation.”
The Archaeological Inventory of County Wicklow 1989 states all that survives of Carysfort Castle “is a granite wall (L 5m: H 3m) to the SW of St. Brigid’s church in the modern graveyard”. Locals assume the castle stone was used in St. Brigid’s Church and in Macreddin National School so this wall might not, in fact, be actual castle remains but be that of the school.
Indeed Macreddin played an important part in political life. In the 17th century, it was the headquarters of a Military Depot and Borough under the control of a sovereign and 12 Burgess and had the privilege of returning two members to the Irish House of Commons in College Green in Dublin until the union in 1800. This field is known as Castle Park.
12. St. Brigid’s Church St. Brigid’s Church in Macreddin was the local place of worship, serving a large area, being a curacy of Rathdrum parish before Aughrim parish was established in 1890. This eighteenth-century thatched church was burnt down in the 1798 rebellion and was re-built in 1803 by Fr. Kavanagh to the structure it is today.
Behind the church in the right corner is the old “Church Walk” lane where you can walk back to the main road.
Macreddin National School was also on this site. In 1889 this school had 30 pupils from an area of 2 – 2.5 miles around the school. The land on which Macreddin School stood belonged to the parish and was originally part of Carysfort Commons. The school closed soon after 1889 with pupils then transferring to Ballycreen or Aughrim.
The Grove Gate If you come back to the main road from Reilly’s Road or “Church Walk” lane, then you can see another side of the road “The Grove Gate” sign.
“The Grove Gate” (A grove is a small group of trees.), but this not anymore part of “The Macreddin Mile” walk because these trees fell and they had to be removed.
Cronawinna Lane You can see also Cronawinna Lane in the right opposite of the “Church Walk” lane. This is an old road in a townland called Cronawinna (There are two hundred acres of land in Cronawinna.). It leas across the hill from Cronawinna to Rathdrum. It is known as the “High Road”, but It is not used now as it is closed up.
Ireland’s most patriotic Anne Devlin and her family originally came from Cronawinna! Sunday the 16th of September 1951 was a very important day in the history of Aughrim. On that day Mrs. Sean T O’Kelly’s wife of President O’Kelly came to our village to unveil a plaque erected on the bridge and commissioned by the Dublin-Wicklowmens Association in honour of one of the Irelands most patriotic people Anne Devlin.
13. Gallow’s Lane Many young men from the district fought in the battles of 1798, for example; Vinegar Hill or the Battle of Hacketstown and some were executed at this place, known as Gallow’s Lane.
It’s hard to think that such a beautiful view has been the last view for some people before they were executed.
14. Church of Ireland Church A chapel of ease opened here in 1869 to replace the Church of Ireland chapel at Sheana. It was called Chapel of Ease as it was not the main Church (Mother Church) in the Dioceses and was only licensed for Baptisms and Funerals. Marriages took place in the Mother Church which at the time was Balinatone. The first Perpetual curate (called Rector or Incumbent later in the 1870s) was William St George Sargent – born 1810. The land for the Church building was donated by William Strahan –Great grandfather of Jack King who previously owned the land where Macreddin Village is now built.
It was deconsecrated in 1991 and is now a fine private residence. There is a tower built to the left rear which can’t be seen from this shot, and it very much adds to the character of this little building.
The Macreddin Pure Mile ends here. If you continue to walk about 10 minutes uphill and then you will see the right side of the road old Ballycreen National School, 1894 (part of the “Ballycreen” Walks).
The name Moycredin / Macreddin
Is believed to come from “plain of Cridan”, Cridan being a Celtic Christain saint, formally a powerful chieftain at the time of St. Kevin, Glendalough. The word magh means plain. Other variations of the name are Criotan, Credan, Credanus or Cridanus. Indeed the ancient manuscript, ‘The Latin Life of Kevin’ describes how Credin was killed by his enemies but brought back to life by Kevin. Macreddin was granted to the monastery of St. Saviour, Glendalough, in the 12th century. It was later transferred to the Priory of All Hallows and on the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII it was transferred to Dublin Corporation. According to the website of Omnium Sanctorum Hiberniae, Saint Criotan of Macreddin is commemorated on May 11th. It states that he was a British saint who came to Ireland as a student and eventually opted to stay in Leinster. It is believed that the monastery was at this site, where the present Macreddin Lower Graveyard exists. The holy water font, which is used for present-day cemetery masses here, is believed to date to monastery times as it was found buried on this site.
Folk stories from Macreddin Village:
The Fairies took him! One time, here in the vicinity of Aughrim there was a man going home from prayers and he had to go to Macreddin. His name was Mick Byrne. This evening he was with some friends and just beyond the “Tinker’s Gate” he was taken from beside his friends and left on Donnelly’s Brow. This is the farm Mr. Pat Fanning has now. Well, he roamed about, and (and) still could not get out. At length, he began to shout and Tom Donnelly happened to hear him. So he got a lant(h)ern and went to where he heard the shouts and got him half dead under a big bush. He asked him how he got there and he told him his story to Tom always said Mick was taken with the fairies.
Long ago a poet lived in Macreddin. His name was Billie Magee. He was born about the year 1820. Once he made a song about marriage in Cronawinna. This old poet was a farmer. He used to go to a neighbour’s house and get the people there to help him to compose his songs. This old poet was also a great fiddler. Whenever there was a dance in the vicinity he would be sure to get a job playing for the dancers.
There are the ruins of an old castle in Macreddin. They are opposite the Cemetery. It is so old that no living person remembered it. The horse-men used to bring their horses to drink in a river through, a tunnel which is from the Castle to the river. It goes under the corner of the lower cemetery. There are also the ruins of a school in Macreddin. It was closed when the new school was built in Ballycreen in 1894. The Catholic Church in Macreddin was a thatched Church in former years. It was burned down twice during the Penal times in Ireland.
Macreddin, is a hamlet in County Wicklow, in the southern foothills of the Wicklow Mountains, 4 km north of Aughrim on the back road to Greenan.
BrookLodge & Macreddin Village is a multi-award-winning four-star hotel, set in the picturesque Wicklow Village of Macreddin.
The traditional village is gone and now this village center is a Hotel area with a chapel, pub, restaurants, golf fields, etc..
Here is also a small forest park and own chapel that you can look before continuing Macreddin Walks. The Macreddin Pure Mile, Tinakilly Wood Walk, Ballycreen Walks, The Iron Bridge, and Cushbawn Mountain.
There are plenty of free parking areas if you just want to visit here for many different walks around the village to see spectacular views and enjoy the fresh mountain air.
Our Weapons in Fight. Make your hands and legs tougher, they are our weapons in a fight.
Iron circles, Wooden men, Stone dumbbells, Heavy sandbags and Ba Gua poles.
Master Li Quan show how to move and make a lower kick. If your legs are strong, then you can go down quickly if your opponent tries to kick you in the head and when you go down, same time you can kick his other leg.
Also, when an opponent is attacking the upper part of you, then you have to attack the lower part!
Ba Gua poles improve balance, full body coordination, and flexibility.
Also, helps make legs stronger, because you need to be la ower position to get better balance and standing at the tip of your foot.
The first time we tried these and not easy to keep your balance, need to practice more. When you reach outstanding balance, then in any situation you will be able to keep your balance.
Dujiangyan Irrigation Project It was built over 2200 year ago to provide irrigation water and to control the Minjiang River. Water surging in the river from annual runoff from the Minshan mountain range destroyed property and killed people. Li Bing, a local official of Sichuan Province at that time, together with his son, decided to construct an irrigation system on the Minjiang River to prevent flooding. After its completion, the Dujiangyan system eliminated the flooding and gave the Sichuan area in the Kingdom of Qin abundant harvests. The area around Chengdu became one of the breadbaskets of China.
When we got back from mountain 9th August, we went to see sights (Yulei Mountain area and Irrigation Project) of Dujiangyan City.
Does Li Bing wake up one morning and told his son what if we control that river and stop floods? And his son said, fantastic idea, let’s do it. How anyone gets such ideas, it’s really amazing.
Here is a bridge called the Anlan Cable Bridge crossing the Minjiang River above Yuzui.
The construction of the bridge originally commenced before the Song Dynasty (960-1279). At that time, the bridge was constructed with wooden blocks and the handrails were made of bamboo. Recently the wood and bamboo were replaced with steel and reinforced concrete to ensure the security of the visitors.
Yulei Mountain Temples.
If you visited here, then better be ready walk few hour stairs up and down, all these temples are built side of the mountain
I love these roofs, they make temples look wonderful and magical.
This tree trunk (diameter of 3.6 meters) was discovered in Puxian village early 1977. According to lab test, a tree was buried in Yin Shang Dynasty era, about 3410 years ago. It is oldest tree trunk discovered in China.
The Goddess Holy Mother was made of Yin Qi, also called Lady Mystery, she was a teacher of the Supreme being.
Lady mystery, is this same as Mona Lisa for us? Both are mysterious.
Here you find a big, small and all kinds of temples, something for everyone.
If you do not care about temples and praying, still this is a beautiful area to walk and wonder how much effort has been seen that these all beautiful temples have been able to build here.
Erwang Temple was built to commemorate Li Bing (the chief designer and engineer of the Dujiangyan Irrigation System) and his legendary son. In the Grand Hall, you can see the vivid statues of Li and his son, who are worshipped by the local people every day.
When we are walking away, you will see what they have used first to embankment the river.
If you’re tired of a lot of walking, you can stop at Tianfuyuan Teahouse.
Time to leave and here is the gate in and out. These Chinese have built up spectacular buildings, nowadays they only build houses from concrete.
Training is Training and Fighting is Fighting! The fourth week of Kung Fu family and I have learned that traditional Kung Fu moves can be combined with a free fight. That's a way you get the best practical skills for self-defense or fight.
This training purpose is to increase your leg power and get your hips to move smoothly.
First, make movements in a higher stand position, then learn to do movements correctly in the lowest possible standing position.
When defending or attacking, your standing position is higher and this training makes you fast and strong. That’s way fights will be short and simple.
This training purpose is increasing your Elbow power.
The elbow needs to be more durable, so do it by hitting boxing sack, trees, and any hard surface. Then you train that you hit the elbow, not part of the hand.
To be able to use your elbow in a fight, you must able to be so close to your opponent that you hear her breathe.
Here, the school looks more like the army, children’s march carrying a flag and wear a uniform. They come to visit and try Kung Fu and we all teach them.
Here, students in schools are marching everywhere, and they are told what to do, so they are not individuals and can not freely be creative. European children’s are so lucky, they are able to grow more freely and learn what they want.
Sunday was a free day from Kung Fu training and Pandas are 7.5 km from my home, I decided to walk to there in the morning.
Best time to visit is early in the morning (7.30 am) because 10 am arrive too many tourist groups.
There comes a celebrity.
Giant pandas are loners and here they are forced to be with other Pandas.
Another Panda’s here are Red Panda’s, they are smaller and living areas look better what big Pandas have. They can really hide from people if they want to, a few times I am not able to see them at all.
They say this is not a Zoo, that this is Panda research center and goal are save Panda bears. I still see it that looks like a Zoo!
When you visit here and read more about this save the Pandas, then you start to wonder if the main goal is to make money using Panda bears and only a fraction of money goes to save Pandas.
Panda cubs are routinely returned to China when they turn 2 years old. Every time China has sent a panda to a foreign zoo in the past 10+ years, they have required an agreement that China owns the panda and its offspring. Giant pandas are loners. They dislike being around other pandas so much that they have a heightened sense of smell that lets them know when another panda is nearby so it can be avoided, according to the National Geographic.
Over 3.5 million visitors per year, that’s a lot of noisy tourist groups.
Pandas do not have a lot of places where they can be in peace if they want.
I expected Pandas living area to be much bigger!
All Panda’s need to returned to China when they turn 2 years old! How can this be right? If the Pandas living environment is great in the Zoo and they are accustomed or even born there, then why they are forced back to China, where they will have a different living environment!
Pandas are loners and here they are forced to live with other Pandas!
Another Panda Base is 70 km away, where you can even pay that they bring Panda to sit on a chair next to you and you get pictures with Panda!
I don’t like it! Should not bring animals for shooting pictures with anyone! What people think these days, that animals are just decorations to use on social media to show off that you have been with them.
What do you think? Save Panda’s first or is this plan make money using Pandas and then maybe save them because if you keep those Pandas in zoos all over the world, then more people can see them easily and that way can get even more donation to save Pandas.
A first public place named “Park” in China. In 1911, Yu Kun, Garrison General of Chengdu opened up commercial land in the south of Shaocheng to serve tea and meals, put on plays, tell stories, play Kung Fu and Archery, exhibit and gathering, named Public Park that called Shaocheng Park, it is the first public place named “Park” in China. It was renamed People’s Park in 1950.
What can you do in People park? Of course, you meet people and drink tea!
Here everyone can find their own place where to show e.g. own dance art, Tai Chi, play games, and have fun with your family.
Chinese people love the revolution where people make change what they feel is wrong.
If you come with children (s), they will want to come park when you tell that there is also an amusement park!
Leave the kids here…, go relax and drink tea one of the many tea houses
There are many walkways, stairs and also, a nice little lake where you can row a boat.
This park is really many wars- and natural monuments.
Time to sit for a moment after a few hours walking. Also, I have watched many people dancing, perform Tai Chi and I’ve been drinking a lot of tea.
Yang style Tai Chi: Yang Chengfu also developed his own shortened version of the Yang Long Form in order to have it easier to teach to modern students who are busy with modern life. Despite being shortened, Yang Chengfu managed to keep the essentials of the Yang Long Form. Correctly taught and practiced, the 108-movement form still retains much of its health and self-defense benefits (the original comprises over 300 movements).