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Festival Walks 2013

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 SATURDAY (A)
Slieve Bearnagh Ridge       
Register:   9.00am
Bus: 9.30am

One of the star walks of this area of South East Clare. The walk starts at the shore of Lough Derg and height is rapidly gained following the East Clare Way, before branching off to gain the summit of Moylussa (532m) the highest point in County Clare. Westward over rough terrain with no paths, the ridge walk offers panoramic views over Lough Derg, The Shannon Estuary and well beyond before descending to rejoin the East Clare Way to the finish near Broadford.

Distance 16  km. 

  Time 6  hrs.

 

 SATURDAY (B)
Turkenagh to Mountshannon
Register :  10.00am
 Bus: 10.30am

Starting near Turkenagh Bridge and following East Clare Way through open moorland of the Slieve Aughtys, we turn off over rough bogland to a viewing point (378m) overlooking Bohatch with fine views along Lough Derg. Descending to rejoin the East Clare Way, the route gradually descends to Mountshannon using forestry tracks, woodland paths and quiet country lanes.

Distance 12  km.  

 Time 4.5  hrs.

     

 SATURDAY (C) 
 Bohatch Dolmen - Mountshannon
Register :  12.00am
Bus 12.30am

Starting in Bohatch, with wide views of Lough Derg and taking in the dolmen, this gentle walk follows various parts of the East Clare Way and descends to Mountshannon by woodland paths, tracks and quiet country lanes.

Distance 8  km.

 Time 2.5  hrs.

 

 SATURDAY (D)
 Woodpark / Holy island
Register  13.00pm
Bus N/A

A 2km walk from Mountshannon through the Woodpark nature area to the jetty at Knockaphort. A short boat ride brings you across to Holy Island for a guided tour with local historian of this famous ecclesiastical site. Return from Knockaphort jetty via the Woodpark riverside trail.

Distance 5  km.

 Time 2.5  hrs.

 

 SUNDAY (A)
Sheaune To Mountshannnon
Register  9.00am 
Bus 9.30am

An ascent of the southern slopes of the Slieve Aughty mountains, leaving the East Clare Way initially on forestry tracks, the walk takes in rough untracked ground and bogland to rejoin the East Clare Way at Turkenagh Bridge. Time and conditions permitting a detour will be taken to the highest point of the area (378m) with extensive panoramic views before rejoining the East Clare Way and descending to Mountshannon by paths, tracks and quiet lanes.

Distance  17  km.  

Time  5.5  hrs.

 

 SUNDAY (B)
Coose To Mountshannon  
Register   10.00am
Bus 10.30 noon

A steady ascent up the eastern slopes of the Slieve Aughtys, following the East Clare Way, footpaths and forestry tracks to open moorland with panoramic views of Lough Derg and surrounding areas. Returning to Mountshannon through woodland paths and quiet country lanes using stretches of the East Clare Way.

Distance 12  km.

 Time 4.5 hrs.

 

 SUNDAY (C)
Whitegate To Williamstown
Register   13.00pm
Bus N/A

Commencing at the Half Barrel Pub in Whitegate, this pleasant loop walk heads down the village and turns left towards Williamstown Harbour passing Glebe House and Newtown Lane Cross on your way. This was the location of a whole village before the Famine of the 1840s. A little farther on, you will see a large old Lime Kiln, which is situated a the turning for Dromaan House. The walk proceeds on towards the beautiful and historic Dromaan and Williamstown Harbours with great close up views of Lough Derg with the Tipperary Hills (Keeper Hill Devil’s Bit) in the distance. You will notice the remains of the historical Williamstown House on your left and shortly afterwards will pass what was once the home of the renowned boat builder Jackie Tuohy. Next up is the recently restored Williamstown Quay with its superb view of Island Mor and on then past the ancient burial ground know as Cappagh Kyle. Turning left at Ash Tree Cross, the walk proceeds back to Whitegate Village, passing the Old Forge and the National School (1909) on the way.

Distance 8  km.

 Time 2 hrs.

 

SUNDAY (D)
Wood Pak / Holy Island
Register  13.00pm
Bus N/A

A 2km walk from Mountshannon through the Woodpark nature area to the jetty at Knockaphort. A short boat ride brings you across to Holy Island for a guided tour with local historian of this famous ecclesiastical site. Return from Knockaphort jetty via the Woodpark riverside trail.

Distance 5  km.

 Time 2.5  hrs.

 

 

 

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