Ascent: 360m/280m Distance: 12k Grade: Moderate Terrain: Forestry Trailhead: Goatenbridge, Co Tipperary Map: OS Sheet 74, S080 122
This loop winds up on forest roads to travel along the shoulder of Crohan Mountain, tracing a stretch along the Glengalla River. It takes you within 200m of the round tower monument to Liam Lynch.
From Cahir, follow the R670 in the direction of Ardfinnan. From Ardfinnan, follow the signs for Goatenbridge (4k). In the village, turn right at the bridge (on your left), following the signs for the Liam Lynch Monument. The trailhead is at a T-junction 1k along the road.
From the car park, follow the purple (and green, for the shorter Knockballiniry Loop) arrow. Follow the roadway for 600m to a three-way junction where the loops separate – veer left. Follow the purple arrows for almost 2k to a three-way junction where both routes turn left towards the monument.
After another 1k, you reach another three-way junction – here the loop turns right.
The monument is a 200m trip along the way – return to this junction.
Over the next 1k, the loop ascends and descends to reach a T-junction where you turn left. For almost 2k, travel along the shoulder of Crohan Mountain before descending to cross a ford. This marks the farthest point from the trailhead – you now swing right (north) and begin the trek homeward.