t’s been there long before even our father’s father’s father’s uncle’s cat was around, and it’ll be there a long time after all of us are gone…
And yet, there’s something reassuringly ours about the Great Sugar Loaf mountain that watches over us, no matter whe’er we go around here.
Technically, she’s actually a hill, but I don’t think we need ever tell the Great Sugar Loaf that. Not even the Little Sugar Loaf that lies across the N11, looking out to sea, should really be called a hill. These guys are just too big a deal around here not to be called mountains.
The actual height of the Great Sugar Loaf is 1,644 feet (or 501 metres, if you’re reading this in colour), its isolation and steep slopes giving it The Bono Effect of looking taller than it really is. It’s a trick that actually qualifies this hill as a Marilyn.
Which basically means the Great Sugar Loaf is Hollywood beautiful.
For those of you who need to know such things, our mountain – and it is a mountain! – is composed of Cambrian Quartzite, and, from a certain angle, has often been mistaken for a volcano. But, get this, it is, in fact, an erosion-resistant metamorphosed sedimentary deposit from the deep sea.
Which, when you think about it, is pretty damn obvious.
It’s a wonderful mountain to climb – from car park to peak is about half-an-hour – and the full panoramic views of the Wicklow Mountains, Dublin, Bray, Greystones, Kilcoole, Newcastle and back around, are pretty darn hard to beat. Even in the rain.
If you haven’t been up to that peak in the last year, get your fat, lazy ass up there TODAY.
There’s a small café on top now, with Belgian chocolate and Irish coffees. And they’re free.
Great Sugar Loaf Mist MON22AUG21 Liz Cusack
Sugar Loaf with Drummin Trees SUN26JULY21 Christian Byrne
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