Walk of the Week
Wood Loop Ballyvaughan, Co clare
Distance: 8k Ascent: 35m/15m Time: 2hrs-2hr 30mins Grade: Moderate Terrain: Minor roadways, green lanes, woodland, cross-country
The trailhead is located in Ballyvaughan, at the car park on the coast road to Fanore. Follow the road for 300m past thatched cottages and across a bridge to reach a roadway on the left, signposted for Burren Way.
Turn left and follow the roadway past the school and on to a second Burren Way signpost. Veer right; follow the arrows across a series of stone stiles and wooded sections to exit into a field that takes you to a surfaced roadway where the Burren Way turns right – but you turn left.
Follow the roadway for 300m to reach the main N67 road where you turn left and, almost immediately, turn right again on to a minor road.
Follow this road to its conclusion at a metal gate into a field. Cross the stile and follow the purple arrows across the fields, stiles and sandy roadways to exit at the entrance to Aillwee Cave where you turn left.
Now follow the roadway for 2k to reach a Tjunction where you turn left, pass through a gateway and join a 'green' laneway.
Follow it for 300m to exit at a double gate.
Continue straight as the laneway changes to a surfaced roadway and eventually reaches a Tjunction where you turn left.
After 400m on this surfaced road you join the N67 Galway road where you turn left for the last 500m back to the trailhead.