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Kenmare Walking Weekend - June Bank Holiday Weekend (1st-3rd)

Current News Des Flynn - 21st February 2012

Kenmare Walking Weekend - June Bank Holiday Weekend (1st-3rd) The Kenmare Walking Weekend takes place again this year, during the June bank holiday weekend. A range of A and B graded walks are planned, along with more gentle strolls for all the family.

The Walking Booth in the square will be open from 8:15-11:15am each morning and 4-6pm each evening. Registration fee of 15 euro applies to all walks. Children under 10, 5 euro. Fee includes return bus journey and entry in prize draw. Buses depart from the square: A walks 9am, B walks 10am, C walks 11am.

No under 16s on A walks, no under 12s on B walks. C walks suitable for walking children, buggies not recommended on Bonane C walk. No pets allowed.

Here are some of the planned events:

Friday 1st June 7:30pm: Historical Trail Guided Walk & Talk. Starts at festival booth in the square, free of charge, all Welcome.

Saturday June 2nd: Gleninchiquinn Walks

Gleninchiquinn “A” 12.5 Km Ascents 870 Km
We start this strenuous walk at Uragh Stone Circle, climbing up the Coomnadiha (664m) with spectacular view overlooking Uragh Oak Wood and Gleninchiquinn Lakes. Our route now takes us into the heart of the Caha Mountains, around the back of Gleninchiquinn Waterfall and onto Knocknagor raveela (507m).We descend by the Naulagowna River to finish our walk in the Gleninchiquinn Park. Refreshments are available in the park café

Gleninchiquinn “B” 10KM Ascent 420M
Starting at Uragh Stone Circle we follow a scenic winding country road along the shore of Gleninchiquinn Lake. Surrounded by steep mountains we arrive at Gleninchiquinn Park. A brief stop is in order here to admire the Waterfall which forms a dramatic backdrop to the Park. A mountain track takes us to the top of the Waterfall with its breath-taking views of the lake and valley. You have a choice here of departing from the track and walking around the upper valley or continuing on the track and walking around the upper valley or continuing on the track and descending to the base of the waterfall where we end our walk.

Gleninchaquinn “C” WALK – “The Farm Walk (1 hour) & “River Walk” (40mins). These two walks together should be completed in less than 2 hours. Walking on the valley floor with little or no climbing you will enjoy the tranquillity of the Glen and the farm animals and you are never far from the Café or picnic tables. An excellent introduction to Gleninchaquin and we are sure you will want to return again in your own time with your friends and loved ones to enjoy this magnificent Park.

Sunday 3rd June: Bonane Walks

Walk “A” Borlin to Molly Gallivans 18KM Ascent 700M
Beginning at the head of the Borlin Valley we climb to Knockboy, the largest peak in Cork, with views of Bantry Bay and Kenmare we cross the Priest Leap. Continuing on the Cork/Kerry border to Barraboy we are rewarded with the views of the Sheen Valley and Glengariff Harbour. The last leg of the walk follows the Beara Way to Molly Gallivans.

Walk “B” Cailleach Beara Loop 12 KM Ascents 450M
Starting at Molly Gallivans you climb through the old farm to the top of Relagh, having views of the Sheen River ahead you can see the summit of Barraboy to the south. From this point you can see the full loop of your walk, you can continue across the N71 and cross the “Iron Bridge” to join the Beara Way to Esk Mountain. A beautiful ridge walk, with the views of the Bantry Bay and Kenmare Bay, takes you towards Turners Rock with your route leading you into Esk Valley. You will follow the path back to Molly Galllivans.

Walk “C” Druid Loop 5KM Ascents 80KM
Starting at Molly Gallivans this ramble gives you opportunity to investigate the traditional farm, you cross the stile to the top of Releagh, follow the loop to the”Iron FootBridge”. You will be treated to marvellous views of the Bonane Valley; you will be able to identify the outline of magnificent Ring Fort in the Heritage Park. The route follows the Esk road back to the N71 and onto Molly Gallivans.

Hill walking is an adventurous sport and not devoid of risk. Those taking part in the walks do so at their own risk. Walk leaders reserve the right to exclude any walker not properly attired for walk level. A & B walks: Boots, rucksack, waterproofs, packed lunch, hot drink, water, track suit or walking trousers, hat and gloves. C walks: Suitable clothing for weather conditions and comfortable shoes. Plenty of water and sun cream.

So come to Kenmare this June bank holiday - for more information contact the Chamber office at chamber@kenmare.ie.