Distance: 6 miles
/ 9.6 km
Time: 2 3/4 hours
trail takes the south facing slope of Cruachan Hill. This hill offers
a double vantage point being close both to the Coast on the south and
to the Comeragh Mountains on the North. The summit on a clear day allows
a 360 degree view with many features e.g. the coast from Youghal to
Tramore, the Knockmealdowns to the north west and the Comeraghs to the
north. The trail is over paths, forest roads and quiet country roads.
Some of the paths are quite rugged and good footwear is advisable. This
is quite a good walk in late summer and autumn when the Common Ling
or Common Heather and Bell Heather in bloom paint the landscape in a
blanket of mauve.
toward Cruachan Hill
About 4 miles due
north of Dungarvan. Take the Waterford road from Dungarvan and turn
right just after the "end of speed limit" signposts. Continue
straight at the first junction then right at the second one. The beginning
of the trail is at the next junction.
A short trail begins
at the Marmar road and follows the new forest road south and links up
with the main trail which it follows to the summit. The hill is descended
by the path or firebreak as described above.
The trail follows a boreen
for about 0.5 miles and then a forest road to the right of a Pine plantation.
This road soon passes within the plantation boundary with trees on each
side. Where it emerges to the open, the trail veers left following the
northern boundary of the plantation with a stone wall and a ruined house
to the right. The trail turns right following the wall then left after
50 yds/45m. It intersects with a new forest road which it follows to
off this road before the mast up ahead is reached it goes left over
a wooden stile and climbs sharply to the summit. The return trail descends
by the path or firebreak to the north (right) of the mast and reaches
the forest road again. It follows this south for about 0.5mls/800mm
where an intersection is reached. The new road turns left to climb towards
the summit, an older road continues downhill to the south. The trail
continues south on this older road and soon turns left onto a grassy
farm boreen lying between a stream and fence. Two gates are crossed
before the trail leads downhill over open heather. It reaches a public
road and left to the starting point.
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