Castlebaldwin to Highwood

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Castlebaldwin to Highwood

Castlebaldwin to Highwood

Ascent: 200m
Length: 10km (6miles)
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 25
Services: Castlebaldwin
Terain: Country roads
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Surrounded by low drumlin hills, this section of the Miners' Way takes in several curious landmarks including the Heapstown Cairn. This is one of Ireland's largest megalithic tombs. Another 'must-see' tomb is the so-called 'Labby Rock', where the remains of four Bronze Age adults and one child were discovered by archaeologists.

The Route

20km – From Castlebaldwin village, cross the N4, continue straight ahead. Follow the way markers along the public road for short period, before veering off to the right down a country lane (sign posted Fuchsia Cottage). The route cuts through some fields before re-joining the public road again just before Bellarush Bridge.
22.5km – At the Heapstown crossroads the trail continues straight ahead, but it is worthwhile taking a temporary diversion to visit the Heapstown Cairn located on the road to the left of the cross roads. 24km – From the Killadoon crossroads the route continues to the right up through the Ballindoon crossroads to Cromleach Lodge.
25.5km – Continue past the hotel, through the woodland and into the fields beyond, passing the Labby Rock on your left. Continue across a road and onto an open hillside. Take care near the 26km mark to turn left and reach the end of a road.
28.5km – Re-enter the fields on the descent to Highwood.

Did you know?

Black Lough and White Lough all hold numbers stocks of pike.

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