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Wicklow Gap - Ireland
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member tmob
N 53° 02.473 W 006° 23.782
29U E 674547 N 5880025
Quick Description: The Wicklow Gap, is located in the Wicklow Mountains National Park, between Tonelagee Mountain and Camaderry Mountain
Location: Leinster, Ireland
Date Posted: 10/28/2011 3:14:31 PM
Waymark Code: WMCZ2X
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member CM-14
Views: 18

Long Description:
«The Wicklow Gap, is a moutain gap located in the Wicklow Mountains National Park, between Tonelagee Mountain and Camaderry Mountain.

The Wicklow Gap is crossed by the R756 road, a regional road in Ireland running west-east from Dunlavin to Laragh. Its entire 32 km length is within County Wicklow crossing east/west through the Wicklow Gap.

The 26 km section from Hollywood to Laragh is known as the Wicklow Gap Road and it is one of only two routes crossing the Wicklow Mountains from east to west, the other being the road through the Sally Gap in North Wicklow. The road through the Wicklow Gap is both an important regional route and a very popular tourist route as it travels through some spectacular scenery.

The Wicklow Gap, between Tonelagee Mountain and Camaderry Mountain is where the entrance to Turlough Hill electricity 'storage' hydro-plant it situated. During periods of off-peak electricity demand, water is pumped up from Lough Nathanagan, a corrie lake at the foot of Turlough Hill to an artificial reservoir at the top; when electricity demand is high, the water falls back through turbines inside the mountain to produce hydro-electric power for the national grid.

From the summit of Wicklow Gap on a clear day, looking east, it is possible to look across the Irish Sea and see the mountains of Snowdonia in Wales.»

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-- Info about Wicklow Mountains formation

Elevation (Official or GPSR reading): 1500

Mountain Range: Wicklow Mountains

Access:
R756 road


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