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

Wicklow Way 4b 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 strenuous each walk taking about 2 hours with a total climb from the bridge to the ridge of 200 metres.

Along the Lough Dan Road from the Old Bridge
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The first part of the walk is a pleasant change through woods of oak trees.

road to Lough Dan

The scenery opens out to reveal the mountains enclosing the valley that forms Lough Dan.

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From the Lough Dan Road  into Ballinfunshoge Woods
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The trail goes through farm land before it reaches the forest, severely denuded in places.

Ballinfunshoge Woods
Lough Dan

Looking down into Lough Dan with the Scarr Mountain behind.

Lough Dan
  The Storyline of the Bible 9/30
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The downward spiral - Noah - Genesis chapters 5 to 9

The book of Genesis now traces a family line of people that followed after God, starting from Seth the third son of Adam and Eve down to a man called Noah. The outworking of the rebellion of Adam and Eve is however not confined to Cain and his family line.The vast majority of the descendants of Seth and the other unnamed sons of Adam gradually become morally worse and worse.

Genesis records  “The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.” Genesis goes on to describe the effect this wickedness had upon God. “The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. So the LORD said, "I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth—men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air—for I am grieved that I have made them".
God is gracious to one man and his family and warns of the coming flood. Noah builds an Ark and saves himself and his family.
This story of Noah reveals a theme running throughout the Bible, that people please God by believing Him. God warned Noah of a coming flood and Noah believed God and acted on his belief by building the Ark. 
From theses events we also learn that God's mercy is not an automatic right.  Mercy is the free exercise of God. He will give or withhold it as he wills. God was merciful to Noah and his family and withheld mercy from the rest of mankind.



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