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Wednesday 27 August 2014

Walk of the Week

Clogrennan Wood Loop, Co Carlow

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Walk of the week: Clogrennan Wood Loop map
Walk of the week: Clogrennan Wood Loop map

Clogrennan Hill is a part of an area of upland but is not substantial enough to appear on Ordnance Survey maps -- it claims 921st spot on the list of highest summits in Ireland!

Distance: 4k
Ascent: 180m/50m
Time: 1hr-1hr30mins
Grade: Easy
Terrain: Forestry roadways, woodland tracks

Leighlinbridge is on the N9. At the Arboretum Garden Centre in Leighlinbridge, turn right on to a minor road signposted for Ballinabrannagh. After 4.7k turn left and after just 1k you enter the Ballinabrannagh village -- turn right at the primary school. After 800m turn left at the sign for Clogrenane Lime -- the trailhead is at the entrance to Clogrennan Wood, 1k on your right.

Starting from the car park, follow the purple arrow along the forestry roadway for 500m to reach a Y-junction. This is where the loop begins. Proceed straight.

Continue to follow the forestry roadway for 200m to cross a stream at a bridge and another 300m takes you to a woodland track on your left where you turn left. Follow the track as it zig-zags uphill. At the top of the climb, the loop joins a sandy forestry track and turns left.

Over the next 500m the terrain changes to forestry roadway -- and fine views of Carlow town and the River Barrow open up. Cross a stream at a 'ford' at a sharp left bend and continue for 300m to regain the junction from where you started the loop. This time turn right and enjoy the last 500m back to the trailhead.

Irish Independent

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