Tuesday 23 January 2018

Walk of the week: Way to go

Christopher Somerville

MAP: OS of Ireland 1:50,000 Discovery 37, 38, 44; downloadable map/instructions at www.discoverireland.ie/ walking.

TRAVEL: Road, A two-car walk. Park one car at Keane's pub, Maam Bridge (junction of R336 and 345), drive other car R336 to Maam Cross, N59 towards Clifden. Entering Recess, just before bridge, right on country road (OS ref L873475; 'Slí Chonamara, Máméan' sign) for two miles to parking place at foot of Máméan (OS ref 892495).

WALK DIRECTIONS: Follow yellow 'walking man' waymarks for 2½ miles up over Máméan pass and down to road (922519); ahead for 1¼ miles to Cur/An Chorr; right for two miles to R336; left to Keane's pub.

LENGTH: Six miles: allow three to four hours.

GRADE: Moderate.

CONDITIONS: Steady climb and descent on rough mountain path, then country roads.

DON'T MISS: Views back toward the 12 Bens; Tobar Phádraig at the pass; views up Gleann Fhada to Barr Sliabh na Ráithe, to your left as you descend.

REFRESHMENTS: Picnic at the pass.

ACCOMMODATION: Rosleague Manor, Letterfrack (095 41101; www.rosleague.com). Very comfortable, stunningly located.

GUIDE BOOKS/LEAFLETS: Slí an Iarthair, The Western Way in Connemara by Joss Lynam, Justin May, Tim Robinson (Folding Landscapes).

HOLY DAYS AT MÁMÉAN: St Patrick's Day (1.30pm, Mass); Good Friday (3pm, Stations of the Cross); 1st Sunday of August (3pm, Mass).

INFORMATION: Local walks and walking festivals throughout Ireland: www.discoverireland.ie/ walking; www.coillteoutdoors.ie. Tourist Office: Oughterard (091 552 808; www.discoverireland.ie/ west).

Irish Independent

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