Walk of the Week
Glen Loop Bonniconlon, Co Mayo
Distance: 14k Ascent: 220m/100m Duration: 3hr 30mins – 4hrs Grade: Moderate Terrain: Minor roads, old bog roads, green laneways
From Ballina on the N59 take the R294 in the direction of Bunnyconnellan and Tubbercurry. About 3k along this road there is a car park on the left.
From the trailhead follow the purple (and green) arrows out the back of the car park to join an old roadway (the green arrows are for the shorter Drumsheen Loop).
Turn right and follow the arrows to reach a junction with the R294 and join a bog road. After 200m you reach a three-way junction, for now turn right. Follow the bog road for 1k where it turns sharp right. Shortly after this bend the Foxford Way turns left – but you continue straight.
Continue to follow the purple and green arrows as the loop takes you along a series of bog roads for 3k when you join a surfaced roadway and turn right. Follow it for 600m to a crossroads – turn right onto a sandy road.
After 300m, cross the R294 and join a minor road. Another 300m takes you to a sharp left bend – where the Drumsheen Loop goes straight – you turn left and stay on the surfaced road.
Follow it for 3k before joining the R294 again. Now you join an old 'famine road' that takes you westward toward the trailhead.
After 1.5k you regain the three-way junction mentioned above – this time continue straight; after 200m, cross the R294 for the last time and enjoy the final 100m back to the trailhead.