Monday, 4 September 2017

Sheeps Head Walk

On Sunday 3 Sept the club walk was on the Sheeps Head in beautiful West Cork. Leaving Kanturk at 8.15 approx we set off on the long journey down. We stopped in Bantry at the Bake house for tea / coffee. Onwards then through Kilcrohane and then we reached the end of the road at Bernies Cupan Te cafe and parked up. We headed first for the lighthouse perched on a cliff above the waves. Then putting the sea to our left we continued along the Poets Way loop.
This is named after a local poet Denis M Cronin  1866 / 1929 who died in Yonkers New York. A plaque inscribed with one of his verse is located along the way. Following the torrential rain on Saturday the ground conditions were wet to put it mildly, and boots were tested as to their ability to keep out the damp. Needless to say with conditions so slippery there were one or two falls but thankfully no injuries.
Even though the coastal fog never lifted we still got some great sea views.
We stopped for a break and some food about halfway and sat on the cliff admiring the view.
Along the way was a plaque erected in memory of three local girls who drowned in 1900, which served as a reminder that care and common sense is always required whether walking by the sea or on the mountains.
There was a fairly sharp climb towards the finish and with the slippery and boggy ground it was tiring, people were glad when we finally crested the hill and could see the car park.
We changed out of our sodden boots, and headed to Arundels on the Pier in Akhaiste where a table had been pre booked. Here there was no fog and the sun was sparkling on Mediterranean like waters.
We dined al fresco on the fruits of the sea. A fitting end to a great day out.

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