Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Claragh Loop

On Sunday 12 November the club walk was the Claragh Loop. At 14.00 we left town and headed to Millstreet which sits at the junction where the Boggeragh and Derrynasaggart mountains meet.
Parking up beyond the Grotto we walked back to a bohereen that turns right into the hill. We then turned to our right off this up through Mount Leader wood. Following a well defined path and markers we made our way through forest and then on to open boggy ground, gaining height as we went. The talking tapered off  as we ascended. The views opened up  Ballydaly, Rathmore, Millstreet,
Cullen could be plainly seen on what was a beautiful winters day, excellent weather for hill walking.
Finally we reached the summit (452)
from here it is said nine churches can be seen, also the Lakes of Killarney and Brandon. We rested here for awhile, before heading on toward the trig point and following the markers down the side of the mountain where after some time came to a track which ran beside the ruins of old dwellings at the foot of the hill. These were inhabited until the 1960's but were demolished some time ago.
Eventually we joined the track at Mount Leader wood where we had  a pit stop. We retraced our Steps and arrived back to the cars. After changing we then called for the usual cuppa to the Wallis Arms Hotel, this part of the day is almost as important as the walk as it gives people a chance to unwind and discuss the next venture. It was a most enjoyable walk in perfect
weather all within a stones throw of home. Proving that far away hills are NOT always greener.

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