Kyle Loop - way to go
Published 13/03/2010 | 05:00
MAP: OS of Ireland 1:50,000 Discovery 62.
TRAVEL: M11/N11 to Exit 20; R747 Arklow-Aughrim-Tinahely. Entering village, where road turns sharp left to cross bridge, turn right up minor road. Take first left (Mangan's Lane); follow it uphill for a mile to Trailhead at Mangan's (OSI ref T 0342748).
WALK DIRECTIONS: (Purple arrows/PA; yellow Wicklow Way/WW waymarks): From Trailhead, follow PA to path junction; right along Wicklow Way (WW) past McNamara Memorial (043751) and Ballybeg Rath (050763) to Ballycumber Ford. Left up surfaced road for ½ mile to pass old school house (044773). Following PA, continue for ½ mile; at right bend (045780), left over stile, up forest track for 300m, then right on forest road for ½ mile to road at Sandyford Bridge. Ahead for ¼ mile ('Kyle Farmhouse'). At Ros Aoibinn house gate, left up laneway. Cross Kyle Farmhouse drive; ahead up walled lane. In 50m, right through gate; follow track uphill, then beside forestry fence along hilltop for 1½ miles. Where fence turns left (029762), follow it left downhill for 350m; right over stile; follow path opposite downhill through heather to meet cart track. Left to meet Wicklow Way, and return to Trailhead.
LENGTH: Eight miles/14km. Allow three to four hours.
CONDITIONS: Field and forest paths, green lanes, minor roads.
DON'T MISS: Sensational views from Ballycumber Hill; Ballybeg Rath; Luke O'Toole's memorial.
ACCOMMODATION: Kyle Farmhouse, Tinahely, Co Wicklow (059 647 1341; kylefarm.com).
INFORMATION: discover ireland.ie/walking; coillteout doors.ie. Tinahely Trail Walking Festival, April 17-18; tinahely.ie. Bray Tourist Office: 01-286 7128; visitwicklow.ie. Ballyhoura International Walking Festival, May 1-3; www.ballyhouracountry. com/events.