Ballinafad to Castlebaldwin

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Ballinafad to Castlebaldwin

Ballinafad to Castlebaldwin

Ascent: 220m
Length: 9km (5.5miles)
Time: 3.5 Hours
Waymarking: Black posts with yellow arrows
Grade: Moderate
Minimum Gear: Sturdy walking/trekking shoes, waterproofs, fluids, snacks and mobile phone
OSI Map: Series 33 &25
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This challenging walk is the perfect way for seasoned hikers to take in the Bricklieve's dramatic karst landscape and fascinating cairn tombs at the top. Thanks to the challenging terrain and the breathtaking surrounding scenery, this mountain walk will push you further than the average ambling woodland path. Look out for fossils embedded in the limestone rock face along the way!

The route

10.5km – Due west of Ballinafad, the waymarked route continues up along a narrow lane to the base of the Bricklieve mountains. The trail winds its way up across the mountains. Walkers cross a cliff edged ravine, followed by a steep climb to bog terrain.

15km – Follow the bog road which drops gently downhill to the Carrowkeel Passage Tomb Cemetery on the right. This is well worth a detour.

16km – Continue to a road junction and turn right, pass the donkey sanctuary and follow the trail as it descends down through the fields below.

18km – Rejoin the public road into Castlebaldwin village.

Did you know?

The castle outside the village of Castlebaldwin is a fortified 17th century house. The walls of the castle are made from stones taken from a nunnery that was near the village. To hold the stones together blood from animals was mixed to sand to form mortar to help the stones stick.

 

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