Wednesday 28 June 2017

Knocknaclugga, Co Tipperary - Way to go

Christopher Somerville

MAP: OS of Ireland Discovery 74; downloadable map/ directions at discover ireland.ie/walking

TRAVEL: R665 Clonmel-Mitchelstown; at Shanrahan crossroads (1km west of Clogheen), left (Shanrahan Cemetery) up mountain road for 3km. Car park by trailhead map at summit of roads.

WALK: Left along road for 150m; right, following Blackwater Way (yellow man, yellow arrows) and Knocknaclugga Loop (purple arrows (PA) for 2.5km over Knocknaclugga and down to metal stile. Right here off Blackwater Way (PA) on stony roadway.

In 200m, right off roadway on boggy moor track (PAs). In 1km meet sunken lane; follow it off moor (PAs), through forestry to road.

Right to car park.

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

GRADE: Moderate

CONDITIONS: Rough mountain paths, boggy moor tracks, forest roads. Wet and muddy in parts. Hill-walking gear and boots needed.

REFRESHMENTS: Picnic.

DON'T MISS: Views south over Cork mountains; views north over Galtees; birds of the mountain -- pipit, lark, snipe, hen harrier.

INFORMATION: Clonmel Tourist Office: The Main Guard, Clonmel Town. Tel: 052 612 2960; discoverireland.ie/walking.

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