A pictorial guide to walks  in the beautiful Irish county of Wicklow
And a pleasant chat along the way

Wicklow Way 4   Ballinastoe Woods to Old Bridge on the Avonmore River

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This walk can be done in two stages (or more if you are so inclined as I was ). I first park my car in the entrance to Ballinfunshoge Woods on the Sally Gap Road. There is enough space for a number of cars. Then I walked to Ballinatoe Woods car park, where I had finished the previous walk. It was mostly downhill return to my car. Then I walked approximately half way on into Ballinfunshoge Woods and returned to the car again on a mostly downhill walk.

I found enough room near the Old Bridge to get my car off the road and walk uphill to the lane leading on to Ballinfunshoge Woods. The walk to the spot of the return point of the last walk was reached and again the return to the car was mostly downhill.


The next two walks taken individually can be described as moderate or together as strenuous  ( 2 1/2  hours duration ) with a total up and down climb of about 120 metres.

From Ballinastoe Woods Car park along the  Sally Gap Road  to Ballinfunshoge Woods
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Bus load of tourists looking down into Lough Tay

 Dry stone wall alongside road
Sally Gap Road

Looking down into the Guinness Estate.

Sally Gap Road
Knocknacioghoge Mountain
Sally Gap Road
The Sally Gap Road
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From the Ballinfunshoge Woods car park into Ballinfunshoge Woods
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The Roundwood reservoir in the distance

Heather and Gorse of many colours.

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  The Storyline of the Bible 8/30
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From bad to worse
the story of  Cain and Abel
 -  Genesis chapter 4 

The terrible implications of Adam and Eve's rebellion against God begin to be revealed. A sinful nature has been introduced into the human family and passed along  into the next generation. 
In the story Cain is angry and jealous because his brother Abel has been honoured by God while he himself has not been.
"Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast”? God enquires. God then gives this warning “If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it" .

Cain does not heed the warning and goes out and murders his brother. For this act of murder Cain is banished from the presence of God. A division is introduced into the human family between those who follow after God and those who follow after Satan.

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