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Sat. 16th April. Long Walk
Luke’s Bridge to Kings Mountain to Barytes Mines to the teaShed at Glencar Waterfall. Walks starts in Cloyragh (Chloichrí meaning cliffs) Valley along the North East side of Benbulben, level walk at first along a bog road to the base of the cliffs and then a steep ascent to Slievemore (466 meters). The walk then veers Southwest to the top of Kings Mountain (462 meters) where there are stunning views of Sligo Bay to the West, Glencar Valley to the East and a clear view of the magnificent Kings Gully below. The walk then veers North East for 3km across open moorland to the Barytes Mines at Carbury. After exploring the old mines and lunch, the walk goes directly South to the top of Tormore and turns left along the cliff top of Glencar escarpment, one of the finest cliff walks in Ireland. There are stunning views of Glencar lake below and the Castlegal range of mountains to the South. The walk continues for another 3 km along the escarpment passing the top of Sruth in Aghaidh an Aird (meaning “stream against the height”, also known as The Devil’s Chimney) to the Doneen’s Trail, then descends via a meandering tarred bog road to the teaShed café which is located beside the spectacular Glencar Waterfall.
Duration: 10.30am to 4pm approx. Distance 12km approx, for very fit walkers only, pace will be fast with very few rest stops. If in doubt choose the medium walk (which covers most of the same ground but at a slower pace).
Sun. 17th April. Long Walk. teaShed Café, Glencar to Truskmore and returning by same route.
Walk starts at the Glencar Waterfall carpark and follows the Cumeen’s Trail which is a bog road which ascends to the top of Glencar Valley escarpment. The ascent is steady but steep. Cumeen’s Trail ends at Largandoon – Height 360 meters (The Hill of the Fort) and leads into wild remote open moorland. The walk continues for a further 1.5km to connect up with the service road for the Truskmore TV transmitter station (this transmitter opened on 1st February 1962, the second of the original five main Telefis Éireann transmitters to go on air after Kippure). At this point there are fantastic views of Gleniff Horseshoe valley, Benwisken (Ben Uisce – the mountain of the wave or water mountain) and Donegal Bay. Here walkers turn sharp right and walk the tarred service road up to Truskmore transmitter. Truskmore is the highest point of Sligo/Leitrim at 647 meters. The main views from Truskmore are Tievebaun to the North, Glenade valley to the East and Glencar valley to the North. Walkers will then return to Glencar teaShed for refreshments.
Duration: 10.30am to 4pm approx. Distance 10 – 12 km approx.
Sun. 17th April Medium Walk. teaShed Café, Glencar Waterfall along the Cumeen’s Trail then East to Tawnamachugh townland, and back again.
Walk starts at the Glencar Waterfall carpark and follows the Cumeen’s Trail, a bog road which ascends to the top of Glencar Valley escarpment. The ascent is steady but steep. Cumeen’s Trail ends at Largandoon – Height 360 meters (The Hill of the Fort) and leads into wild remote open moorland. At the top, walkers turn right and walk East along the lesser known cliffs of Glencar, through the townlands of Formoyle and Glasdrumman. Walkers then retrace their steps back to the Glencar teaShed for refreshments.
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Sunday 17th April. Ramble.
Walk starts at the Glencar Waterfall and follows the Cumeen’s Trail, a bog road which ascends to the top of Glencar Valley escarpment. There is a climb at the start but pace will be easy. Enjoy fabulous views over to Knocknarea enroute. We’ll stop for a cuppa at the half way mark, then go off road for a while through wild heather and return via Hudson’s Rd. You will be treated to the most incredible views over Sligo Bay, Truskmore, Leanne, the Leitrim Hills and Glencar Lake & Valley. There will be a gradual ascent and descent on the walk with regular breaks to enjoy the scenery. We will take you over wild bog and heather for about 30 mins.
Duration of ramble 2 – 2.5 hours approx Distance 7 km approx Height 270 m