Thursday 8 December 2016

Arigna Miner's Way Co Roscommon - way to go

Christopher Somerville

Published 02/01/2010 | 05:00

MAP: OS of Ireland 1:50,000 Discovery 26; also in Miner's Way booklet (see below).

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TRAVEL: Arigna is signposted from R280 Drumshanbo-Drumkeeran road just north of junction with R285 Keadew road, 2½ miles from Drumshanbo.

WALK DIRECTIONS: From Miner's Bar at Derreenavoggy Bridge (OSI ref 193314), uphill. Just past Arigna Fuels, keep ahead up lane; in 300m, over crossroads, on uphill. In ½ mile pass cottages on right, then lane; in 250m, sweathouses over gate on right. In another 200m, 'Miner's Way' post on left; right up steps; up path; at top, right (arrow) past another sweathouse. Follow marker posts and yellow waymarks. Left over stile onto path across moorland. In ½ mile, right (arrow) towards Lough Allen.

At escarpment edge, left over stiles and through gates (arrows) for ½ mile to Miner's Way fingerpost. Don't turn downhill, but continue for ¾ mile through old colliery sites, then right downhill (arrows), and right along road.

In 1 mile pass Arigna Mining Experience on right; continue, and in ¼ mile, left down lane to Miner's Bar.

LENGTH: Five miles: allow two-and-a-half hours.

GRADE: Moderate.

DON'T MISS: The sweathouses -- keep your eyes peeled; views from Kilronan Mountain over Lough Allen and Iron Mountains; Arigna Mining Experience.

REFRESHMENTS: Miner's Bar, Derreenavoggy Bridge (071 964 6007) -- lots of mining memorabilia.

GUIDE BOOKS/LEAFLETS: 'Miner's Way & Historical Trail' map guide booklet, from local tourist offices and shops, or from EastWest Mapping (053 937 7835; sales@eastwestmapping.ie).

ARIGNA MINING EXPERIENCE: 071 964 6466; arignaminingexperience.ie.

INFORMATION: discover ireland.ie/walking; coillteoutdoors.ie.

Tourist Office: Boyle (071 966 2145), Roscommon (090 662 6342) or Sligo (071 916 1201).

Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival, Tipperary: January 29-31 (aherlowhouse.ie).

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