Walk of the week
Claragh Loop Millstreet, Co Cork
Distance: 10k Ascent: 360m/300m Estimated time: 2hr 30mins to 3hrs Grade: Moderate Terrain: Laneways/hillside tracks and paths
From Mallow, take the N72 in the direction of Killarney. After 26k turn left onto the R583 – the town is a further 10k.
The trailhead is located at St Patrick's Church. Leaving the trailhead, follow the purple arrows on Clara Road. You are also following the yellow arrows of the Duhallow Way – you will leave this shortly. After 500m the roadway turns right and passes a grotto – immediately afterwards turn left onto Singleton's Road.
Continue to follow the purple and yellow arrows to reach an entrance to the forestry. Turn right. Now follow the forestry roadway. After 500m you exit the forestry and follow the edge of it to reach a three-way junction where you continue straight.
Another 500m takes you to a gateway – pass through it and join a track which begins to take you more steeply uphill.
After 1k you reach a metal gate where the loop turns left.
After passing through the gate, turn right and follow the track for 100m before turning left, descending to reach a stile where the loop turns right. The next section takes you downhill to rejoin the Duhallow Way at a green laneway where you turn right.
Continue to follow the laneway for almost 2k – watch for a sharp right turn 100m after the second gateway. Eventually the loop rejoins the outward section at a junction. This time turn left. Follow the purple and yellow arrows through forestry, rejoin Singleton's Road and turn left. At the end of Singleton's Road turn right and enjoy the last 500m.