Glenpatrick, Comeragh Mountains - way to go
MAP: OS of Ireland 1:50,000 Discovery 75; downloadable map/instructions at discoverireland.ie/walking.
TRAVEL to Rathgormack Hiking Centre: Rail (irishrail.ie): Carrick-on-Suir (6 miles). Bus (buseireann.ie): Deise Link (deiselink.ie/route1 .shtml). Taxi: Paddy McGrath (051-646903). Road: On R678 between Carrick-on-Suir and Clonmel. Travel from Rathgormack: R678 towards Clonmel for 3½ miles. Beyond sharp left bend, right on minor road for one mile; car park on right (OS ref S 292197).
WALK DIRECTIONS: From car park, right along road ('Glenpatrick Bridge Loop'/GBL green arrows). Cross Glasha River; left (GBL); past park, left (GBL) on forest road for one mile to R678 at Boola Bridge. Right up forest track (GBL); follow GBL for one mile to crossing; right (yellow 'walking man' waymark) up East Munster Way trail for 100m to An Cloch Fhada longstone on left. Return to crossing; left for 200m; right on path (GBL). Cross R678; left along Military Rd (detour right to miners' house ruins: 273197) for 1¾ miles to Glenpatrick Cross. Left along R678 for 300m; right (GBL) down Lynch's Boreen to road; left to car park.
LENGTH: Five miles: 2 hours.
DON'T MISS: An Cloch Fhada longstone; miners' house ruins; views of Knockanaffrin.
REFRESHMENTS: Picnic tables by bridge on Military Rd.
ACCOMMODATION: Rathgormack Hiking Centre (051-646969 or 640172); rathgormackhostel.com)
WALKING NEWS: Kerry Charity Challenge, Castlerosse Hotel, Killarney, 9-11 April. Contact Michael Sutton (086-400-9989; firstname.lastname@example.org). Tinahely Trail Walking Festival, Co Wicklow, 17-18 April, tinahely.ie (email@example.com); tel 087-148-2468. Ballyhoura International Walking Festival, Co Limerick, 1-3 May: ballyhouracountry.com/events