Walking new trails today in the Silvermines mountains, County Tipperary. After the walk, I headed for the village of Silvermines for a look around…
Mining in the area started in 1289 and finished in 1992, and the area bares the scars. Well preserved is a Cornish engine house from 1860, and the most visible remains of the post-war infrastructure built to try to reclaim the zinc from the waste heaps generated over the centuries. As I explored the concrete and steel remains, and crunched through the collapsed asbestos roofs, I was sad to see the personal effects of someone living in one of the buildings.
Such beautiful scenery. I have completed quite a few of the trails near my home (Princeton, New Jersey, USA), but none quite as scenic as this. Our hills and mountains tend to be “wooded”.
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Thanks for reading Khürt – it seems we’re always drawn to the things that are doifferent from our own ‘normal’. Here, all of the woodland has been removed over the centuries, so I’d love a walk in a real forest.
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