Lough Callow


Hill Walking Ireland at Lough Muck
Distance: 6.5KM
Estimated Time: 2.5 hours
Trail Waymarking: Blue
Terrain: Country Lanes & Sandy Stony Paths
Level of Difficulty: Moderate

 

Distances on your looped walks vary from 8km to 12 km are mainly off-road ,offer a memorable experience and on-route sites of interest which may include Archaeology,Biology and Heritage.

From the slipway and pier at Callow Lake follow the Blue trail pointer markers which are on square black posts, crossing the bridge and follow the road. Walled terrace gardens are constructed with hugh boulders , while views over the lake can be seen between the willow bushes on our left.After a climb we turn left down the hill on to a narrow tarred road.The road descends through a little cluster of houses where we turn left at a Y junction.Two minutes later you will keep right at another fork in the road eventually leading onto a dirt track with signs of turf cutting.This is an ideal place to hear the Corncrakes. Over the small bridge and straight on,while keeping right at a sign for Cullonaughton.The tarred road is now back Its a slow stroll back up to the secondary road before turning right down the same hill we came up at the start
In the distance the Nephin mountain range can be seen with the fertile valley between it and the Ox mountains that supports vegetation providing cover, food,and nest sites for a wide variety of birds. Field boundaries and sod walls grow rich with wildflowers along the route here,especially where artificial fertiliser and herbicides have not been used.

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Lough Muck

Walking Holidays West of Ireland at Lough Muck

Distance: 8km
Estimated Time: 2hrs
Terrain: Country Lanes
Level of Diffi culty: Moderate - Hard

A warm welcome awaits all walkers to the North West whether you are an avid walker or simply wish to take some time out to sample our spectacular region.


The Lough Muck trail is a Looped Walk.These(looped) walks are ideal for the occasional walker or families with a few hours to spare.They start and finish at one point known as the Trailhead so you can leave your car and head off along a designated trail taking from 1.5hrs to 4.5hrs. The start of this loop is in the centre of Foxford at the children's playground carpark beside the Church. Ideal footwear for this trail would be good runners as it is on tar/gravel roads with no fields involved,but if you have light mountain boots,do use them as the descent down from the radio mast consists of very loose gravel and can be dangerous.

On leaving, you will pass the petrol station and stay on the right hand side footpath heading towards Swinford.After ½ mile you will come to a grotto,take a left and be careful as you cross the road, as it is on a corner and traffic can be busy. Following signs for Attymass you will now continue on ,keeping to the right hand side of the road till you reach a sign for Athymachugh.

Take a right here and you will see a black square post with a Red marker pointing the way. Distance covered is one mile. Pass the cemetery on the left at 1.7 miles and the road gradually narrows with many new beautiful houses to be seen.You now approach the main Foxford/Swinford road at the 2.5 mile mark and while heading straight across please use the Safe Cross Code.

The sign for Lough Muck points the way up a long gradual incline.As you approach the top of the hill you will get your first glimpse of this beautiful lake renowned for Trout fishing. Another beautiful statue adorned with wild primroses you will see at the roadside.Turn right at sign for Massbrook Kennels(3.5 mile) and head up the hill as the road leads on to a stony dirt track. A very old style cottage nessles into the side of the mountain and several birds can be heard but without a trace.

With four miles done and very thirsty you reach the summit where new stainless steel picnic tables are a welcome sight.Camera's at the ready as you can view the valley where Foxford lies between the Ox mountains and the two great lakes of Lough Conn and Cullin. Your descent can be slippery with some loose gravel .Concentrate on your footfall and not on the three beautiful ponies we met on this day grazing in a field covered with heather.
Pass the towns pumping tanks on your left and you will soon arrive back on the main road again.Turning left you will walk back to your car after a terrific morning's Trek.

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The Trek West gallery for Lough Callow &  Lough Muck

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Distance: 6.5KM
Estimated Time: 2.5 hours
Trail Waymarking: Blue
Terrain: Country Lanes & Sandy Stony Paths
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
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