Author: Elisabeth

Knockadoon, Barry-Coves-Way, Co.Cork

Well, we can’t complain about the last days, can we? It was during the days only partly cloudy or really sunny, not longer that cold and not to windy. And last Sunday was a highlight. I had to got for a walk though. On my list since March was Barry-Coves-Way in Knockadoon. Knockadoon? Never heard before? Never have been before? Time to change that!

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From Glanmire to Mayfield and back, Co. Cork

What to do, if Cork is actually one single traffic jam because of Ed Sheeran’s concert weekend? I hadn’t planned to attend. Not because I don’t like his music. He is a very talented musician, but me and masses of people doesn’t fit.  An alternative is to leave the car where it is and take the bus to Glanmire for a wonderful walk through the fields and forest! Isn’t possible you might ask. Of course it is.

PS.: If you are short on breath or have problems to walk hill upwards or downwards, it might be good to search for another option. It’s also not really suitable for buggys etc.

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Glenabo Forest, Co. Cork, Waterfall No. 3

Weather is still unpredictable, but the days are longer and if they are sunny, then they’re already warm. It’s spring, it should drag us out and get rid of all the thoughts turning about staying inside and feeling trapped. And it’s worth to use the days. Nature is almost exploding with all the new blossoms.

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Dromkeen Wood, Innishannon, Co. Cork

Actually I wanted to finish another walk, but I’m still not good enough to walk longer distances. Slowly but steady I feel more and more trapped at home and I thought a short walk could be a realistic goal. And one of these short walk was anyway on my list. Not far away, more easy than moderate, suitable for all the days with the frequent rain showers in-between.

Innishannon

Innishannon is called the Gateway to West Cork. It has a wonderful main street with lovely restaurants and beautiful small shops. A good idea  is to stop here for a walk, when coming or going to West Cork.

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Glensheskin Forest, Co. Cork

It seems spring is coming very, very slowly. To be honest, the temperature rises, but you can’t feel it. However, some days are already wonderful. If such a day meets your private schedule, then leave everything behind you and go out for a walk. It may give you this special kick you need to oversee the other days, which are only useful for sitting in the office, but nothing else. When the next acceptable day comes along, let’s go for a walk to the northern part of Co. Cork.

When I went to the Ballard Waterfall, I passed by the Glensheskin Forest and wondered when I could come back to explore this place. The week before easter I was anyway at Corrin Hill and that’s why I took the chance and stopped there for a walk.

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Youghal beach walk, Co. Cork

By calender it’s already spring and so let’s go today to the most south eastern part of County Cork. To Youghal. Youghal calls wonderful beaches its own, which can be divided into 2 sections or better in 3? And Youghal has its own website for more information about swimming at Youghal beaches.

Overall it is a bit more than 5 km long beach and excellently designed for walking. To and back is 10 km. Not the shortest walk and good to know, if you want to walk with children. As it isn’t a loop walk due to local circumstances, you have 2 points to start.

Before planing your walk keep the tide times and sun protection in mind. Both are necessary to have a good walking experience at this time of the year.

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Oldcourt – Garryduff, Co. Cork

One of the other days I made a walk at Oldcourt – Garryduff. I already have that on my list since I started to blog about walking. And believe me, it was hard to find. So near, but so hidden. My research source was Coillte.ie. It doesn’t matter which entrance you chose. A few meters off the road and you feel far away from the city. However, it is so close, almost around the corner. You probably won’t find this area, if you aren’t local. You will pass by, not knowing, that there is an entrance at all, because both entrances are outlined as private premises. But the best thing is: Both entrances can be reached by bus. Continue reading

Sun protection

In my last post, I took a walk along the beaches in Ballycotton. Wonderful weather attracted me. And because the sun has burned me a bit, it’s time to talk about sunscreen.

Never underestimate the sun in Ireland

A sunscreen with an adequate sun protection factor is a must have when walking along the waterfront. But first a few important facts about our skin:

Our skin has many functions:

  • Protection against the environment
  • Regulation of body temperature
  • Sensory function
  • Immune function
  • Communication
  • Production of vitamin D
  • It’s the biggest organ of our body

Why do we get a sunburn?

UV radiation is always particularly strong when it is very bright. This has nothing to do with summer or heat. Even at temperatures well below zero in the mountains, you can get a proper sunburn. The height is a factor, another the reflection of ice and snow. At the sea, we have the same phenomenon.

Especially dangerous for the skin is an intense sun exposure. This can happen right now because, in the winter, the sun has rarely shown. The skin is hardly used to the sun. But the long-awaited sunshine now leads to excessive sunshine.

In adults, there is a self-protection of the skin, which results from the pigmentation and a thickening of the horny layer. Thus, a portion of the radiation is trapped in the uppermost layers of skin and can do no harm. However, when our skin is not used to the sun e.g. because of a long winter, the portion of radiation we can deal with, is very low the first sunny days.

And it’s very different with children. Their skin is many times thinner and more sensitive. The self-protection of our skin is formed only from the second year of life. About 80 percent of the UV radiation the skin has to cope with over the course of life, will be absorbed up to the age of 20 and leads to the formation of birthmarks and, in the worst case, skin cancer. Therefore, there’s no doubt about, that children’s skin needs a specific protection against excessive sunlight.

Rules for a good experience in the sun

Additionally, snow, ice, and water reflect the UV radiation. In addition to the direct radiation from the sun, the reflected portion leads to a significantly higher UV exposure. Therefore, special precautions apply here:

  • Use sunscreen with a high sun protection factor even in fog or overcast skies.
  • Use sunblock for lips, nose, ears or sensitive skin.
  • Wear sunglasses
  • For children and adults, there are different types of creams available to protect their skin. The safest way to protect your skin might be the use of creams based on these 2 ingredients: Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. They don’t irritate the skin as other creams might do. However, have a look if it is combined with a UV-filter. The ingredients themselves don’t protect from the sun.

 

And now have much fun with the first sun rays in the next upcoming days! It’s so necessary to get a bit natural vitamin D.