Section 2 Lough Easkey to Templeboy

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Section 2 Lough Easkey to Templeboy

Section 2 Lough Easkey to Templeboy

Ascent: 130m
Length: 15km
Time: 4 Hours
Waymarking: Yellow Arrows
Grade: Moderate
Minimum Gear: Sturdy walking/ trekking shoes, waterproofs, fluids, snacks and mobile phone.
OSI Map: Series 24
Services: Dromore West
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Description: 

The section of the way initially follows a mountain road along the rugged shores of Lough Easkey before climbing uphill into the Owenduff river valley.

Grade: Moderate - These trails may have some climbs and may have an uneven surface where the going is rough underfoot with some obstacles such as protruding roots, rocks etc. The routes are appropriate for people with a moderate level of fitness and some walking experience. Specific outdoor walking footwear and clothing is recommended. 

The Route

Follow the mountain road from the shores of Lough Easkey, past various turf cutting areas; at around 16km look out for an old hunting lodge on the right. After approx 18km turn right at the water treatments works. Continue along this road under the shadow of the windmills for approx 2.5km until you reach a crossroads. Keep right, heading up the hill to Kings Mountain. Following the bog road, cross a stile and continue down unto the valley. Keep left along the way marked trail which winds its way down past a farm house taking in stunning views over the surrounding countryside, before joining the public road again.

Did you know?

As you walk northwards away from Lough Easkey, look out for the large boulders formed from quartzite and metamorphic rock, with strange and varied mineral colours from blue to honey-brown and red. As this is metamorphic terrain the rock, formerly sandstone, was transformed by intense pressure and heat. The most interesting of these rocks is on Masshill. Here a 10-tonne boulder known as the 'Rocking Boulder' is balanced on the edge of a cliff. Famously, it can be moved with the strength of a single person's arm.

 

Grade: Moderate - These trails may have some climbs and may have an uneven surface where the going is rough underfoot with some obstacles such as protruding roots, rocks etc. The routes are appropriate for people with a moderate level of fitness and some walking experience. Specific outdoor walking footwear and clothing is recommended.

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