Wednesday 16 April 2014

Walk of the Week

Bothy Loop, Newport, Co Mayo

The ground, should you venture off-road, is about as dry as it is going to get - photo Getty Images
The ground, should you venture off-road, is about as dry as it is going to get - photo Getty Images

If you're in the mood for a decent walk, try this Mayo walk on for size

Distance: 6k Ascent: 80m Terrain: riverbank, tracks and forestry roads Trailhead: Brogan Carroll Bothy, Letterkeen, Newport, Co Mayo Grade: easy

Start from the town of Newport. Follow the N59 in the direction of Achill for 1k before turning right at a signpost indicating Treenlaur Youth Hostel and Lough Furnace.

After 1k, go straight at a signpost for Lough Furnace and continue along this road past Lough Feeagh (on your left). Pass Treenlaur Youth Hostel and Shramore Lodge and then cross a bridge over the Srahrevagh River.

Almost immediately after the bridge, turn left on to a forestry roadway. Follow it for approx 1k -- the trailhead is located at the stone bothy.

Starting from the Brogan Carroll Bothy, follow the blue (and red and purple) arrows for 100m to reach a metal footbridge. Cross the bridge and turn left on to the bank of the Altaconey River.

Follow the track along the banks of the river for almost 1k to reach a 'humpback' metal bridge. Cross the bridge and turn right.

Continue to follow the blue arrows as you travel along what remains of an old cattle road. After 1k, watch for the point where the loop turns right on to a firebreak. Follow the firebreak for 500m to reach a stream crossing and join a sandy roadway where you turn right.

Follow the sandy roadway for about 1.5k as it sweeps left and reaches a T-junction with a forestry road. Turn right.

Following the blue (and red and purple arrows), the loop takes you along the Altacroney River for 2k to regain the trailhead.

Irish Independent

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