Saturday, 22 October 2011
The road, built by the British military under the guidance of Charles Cornwallis between 1800-1809, is one hell of a feat of engineering. Parts of it lie over more than four metres of peat bog.
According to Michael Fewer's "The Wicklow Military Road", the road was - in such places - constructed by first excavating, then "laying down a bed of timber logs, on top of which layers of stones were compacted, and the surface finished in gravel". Fewer cites a local sheep farmer who saw the road opened up some years ago to a depth of 4 metres, and observed that its base was filled with tightly packed bundles of rushes. It has stood the test of time, though.
The Military Road is still a great way of getting out of the big shmoke, and although the PX has long gone to the great scooter scrapyard in the sky, and Cornwallis' access route is a lot busier than it used to be in the (19)80s, it is not bad for something right on Dublin's doorstep.
The (very arty, I like to think) pic above shows Kippure, complete with RTE transmitter, which marks the boundary between Dublin and Wicklow.
A good place to switch off.
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Posted by The Gombeen Man at Saturday, October 22, 2011