A pictorial guide to walks  in the beautiful Irish county of Wicklow
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Wicklow Way 5 From the Old Bridge to the Military Road over Paddock Hill 

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This section of the walk can be done in two stages. 
First up from the Old Bridge along the road towards Laragh, 
then turning right into the lane that leads to Paddock Hill. 
The lane leads passed a farmstead and up into moorland 
and the route continues as a pathway/firebreak to the ridge. 

The second stage is from the Military Road to the ridge.

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From the Old Bridge to Paddock Hill Lane along the Laragh Road
This is a strenuous walk of about 3 hours along the Laragh Road that starts with a climb of 90 metres then a decent of 60 metres and another climb of 30 metres to reach the lane leading to Paddock Hill. 

There is a climb of another 100 metres up the lane and up a mountain track to reach to reach the ridge and the return point.

Old Bridge

The Old Bridge (above)

Avonmore River discoloured by tannin from the bogs with input from a pure clear mountain stream (side)

Laragh Road Laragh Road
Along the road toward Laragh (above and below)
Laragh Road
Laragh Road
Laragh Road Pddockhill Lane
Entrance to Paddock Hill Lane
The entrance to the Lane to Paddock Hill 
Paddock Hill Paddock Hill
Paddock Hill Paddock Hill
Paddock Hill
The lane ends at a gate and with the use of a stile the path is reached.
Paddock Hill
Paddock Hill Paddock Hill
Paddock Hill
Paddock Hill
Paddock Hill
Looking back towards Roundwood and Lough Dan at the return point of the walk
 The Storyline of the Bible 10/30
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The Invitation to Abraham - Genesis Chapter 12 to 25

The story of Abraham opens in chapter 12 with God revealing Himself to a man called Abram, a resident in a the pagan city of Ur located in modern day Iraq. We read -The LORD had said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.” Abram (whom God later renamed Abraham) believed the promise of God and acting upon it, left his native land and at the age of 75 entered Canaan (located in and around modern day Israel ). God later promised  Abraham to give the land of Canaan to his descendants.

On the basis of Abraham's faith God credited Abraham as righteous. (God's approval is upon those that believe him.) Being childless Abraham lived for many years without any grounds to hope that God's promise would be fulfilled. Then in his 100th  year Sarah his wife (aged 90) gave birth to Isaac. The most severe test of his faith in God's promise came when God ordered him to sacrifice Isaac. God stopped the sacrifice and a substitute for Isaac was found, a ram caught in a thicket.
Returning to the verses of Genesis chapter 12 already quoted, God promises “I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.” for emphasis he goes on and says all peoples on earth will be blessed through you." Here the promise the coming CHAMPION is narrowed down to a descendent of Abraham.  This story  teaches us that God keeps his promises.

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