Ascent: 120 metres Distance: 7k Duration: 2-2.5hrs Grade: Easy Terrain: Forest tracks/paths and riverbank Trailhead: Glenanaar Forest
Start from Ardpatrick on the R512 in the direction of Fermoy for 3k, before turning right on to a minor road signposted Greenwood. Follow this road for 10k to reach Glenanaar Forestry on your right.
Ballyhoura is a walker's paradise and this loop owes its name to Canon Patrick Augustine Sheehan (1852-1913), who wrote Glenanaar, a novel based on the 1829 conspiracy trials in which Daniel O'Connell successfully defended peasants.
Starting from the car park, follow the arrows towards the forestry. After 300m you will reach a metal bridge. Follow the loop along the left bank of the River Ogeen. At the end of the riverbank section you join a forestry road where you turn right. Follow the forestry road for almost 1k and then cross the river footbridge and follow the loop into Co Limerick along glorious woodland paths. After a few hundred metres you cross another footbridge and back into Cork!
Shortly afterwards the loop joins a forestry road. Follow the road south through Glenanaar Forest to pass a Mass rock. The loop then reaches a T-junction where it turns left, with fine views of Blackwater Valley. On a left bend, watch out for a woodland track on your right, follow this track downhill to the footbridge you passed earlier in the journey.
Cross the footbridge and enjoy the 300m back to the trailhead.