Skibbereen Walking Group
Rambling and Hillwalking in Beautiful West Cork


3 Walks Every 4 Weeks     Different Levels of Ability

SWG

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Popular Trails
 
BALLYDEHOB TRAILHEAD
Location: Between the Community Hall (car park) and 12- arch bridge in the picturesque village of Ballydehob.

ROSSBRIN LOOP WALK.  Purple - Long Walk - Ascent; 360 metres. Grade: Easy.
Leave by back of tennis court and follow purple arrows.  This walk, going south through the countryside to teach the coast at Rossbrin, offers great coastal views over the Fastnet and Carbery's Hundred Isles scattered along Roaring Water Bay.  The walker is taken past Stouke Burial Ground and copper mining country, Rossbrin Cove and Castle, before being offered scenic views to the east and to the north from the tip of Foilnamuch.     
LINEAR WALK TO KILCOE.  Blue - Long Walk - Ascent 346 metres.
Leave under the 12-arch bridge and climb the steps to the right.  Follow the blue arrows over the viaduct and head east.  Take care on the short stretch of the N71 before turning off to the right.  There are options to visit some old Piers and Churches (which lengthen the walk by 1.25 hours).  Enjoy scenic views of Roaring Water Bay, Kilcoe Castle, old Churches and Burial Grounds.
BUTTER ROAD WALK to Schull.  Amber  Return distance: 20 km.  Estimated time: 5.5 hours.Ascent: 337m. Moderate.
Leave under the 12-arch bridge and climb the steps to the right.  Follow the footpath to the left and watch out for the amber arrows.  After about 4.5 km you meet the Butter Road beyond Stouke Burial Ground and further west enter a green section that takes you to the Mill House just east of Schull.  This tranquil walk takes you through pleasant farmland and offers great views of Schull Harbour and Mount Gabriel.
Boots refommended.  
Surface: Tarmac/Green Boreen.
ROCK LOOP: Green - Short walk - Ascent: 50 metres. Location: Beside St. Coumghall's Church opposite car park. Easy.
This 3 km walk takes 30 minutes. Leaving Trail head turn right down by the graveyard at St Coumghall's Church. Gorse, whitethorn and fuchsia grow on the stone fences and wildflowers abound through the seasons like primrose, cornflower and violets. The wall of a Cillín can be seen in a field at Kilsarlaught. After passing Lisheen N.S. (1906) a stone circle can be seen in the distance in the opposite field.
ILEN RIVER LOOP:  Blue:  Long walk -Ascent: 148metres. Easy.
A 2 hour walk with great views of the tidal Ilen River in its many phases. Lough Ine hill and Baltimore Beacon can be seen as the walker goes left at Minihane's pub to travel the old road to Reenadonagh Pier. Going right along the river bank the islands of Innisbeg, Reengaroga and Sherkin can be viewed. In the ebbing tide the Curlew and Little Egret can be seen feeding on the mud flats.
BECHER LOOP:  Purple: - Long walk - ascent 274 metres. Easy.
A 13 km walk passing Aughadown Creamery shop, a co-op since 1945.  Earlier at the sign for Kilkileen Beach, the walker passes an old forge closed in 1963.  Here too, a Dolmen can be seen on a field to the left.  The male fern abounds on the right beyond the garage.  After a steep incline to the right see the Gazebo used by the Becher family as a viewing platform (views are spectacular here).  A right turn takes you past the ruins of Aughadown House.  Continuing to Corpse Cross you have an option to visit Aughadown's old Burial Ground at Goleen Marsh.  Wading birds and wild flowers are much in evidence in this secluded inlet.