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A Walks for the experienced walker in 2018

 Bantry Walking Festival Hungry Hill

 

The Caha Lake Walk - Saturday

This is the other ‘A’ walk and stands in complete contrast to the walk on Hungry Hill. It is challenging in a different way. Its over 15km long has almost as much ascent (as Hungry) – a total of 700m.

You start deep in the Coomerkane valley and climb up to 470m to enter onto to a high plateau of rugged terrain studded with as many lakes. They say that there is 365 lakes, one for every day of the year.

These lakes are pools of mythology. They are as varied and numerous as their mysterious names: This is a landscape of great soul. The route skirts the edge of Coomerkane valley, which lies abrupt and deep beneath, with its patchwork pastures and little white farm houses as it heads generally west. It passes and views numerous lakes.

The terrain varies and some of ground is soft, but don’t let that put you off. This is a magnificent walk and on a clear day the views are fantastic). At different points you are viewing lovely Bantry Bay and scenic Kenmare Bay.

You will climb Knockeirky (577m) and Cnoc Eoghain (Knockowen) - the highest point on the walk (658m). On the way up Cnoc Eoghain there are superb views onto the vertical northern face of the mountain towering above the Glanrastal valley and river, with spectacular views north over Glanmore Lake towards Lauragh. Once over the summit of Cnoc Eoghain the walk descends gradually.

 


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Hungry Hill Walk - Sunday

Hungry Hill (Cnoc Daod) is the dominant and highest hill on the Beara Peninsula and it would be remiss of us if we did not include a trip to its summit on our festival programme. It’s the “must do” mountain in west Cork.

Hungry Hill is famed in song and story. It is said that it has witnessed so much human suffering in famine times that the voices of the dead can be heard chattering on it on a silent day.

It is never the same any two days in a row with its dark gulleys, funnels and rock walls allow for challenging climbs and new adventures each time the hill is tackled.

The challenges bring their rewards and on a clear day, the views are magnificent. Look out across Bantry Bay with Bere Island in the foreground to the south or set your sights on the Kerry hills linking onto the distant Reeks to the north.

This mountain is mysterious, as you get near it looks easy to figure out, but there are so many options and routes that once you start climbing, it quickly becomes apparent, that it is much more complex and offers a significant challenge. The routes are chosen to obtain maximum advantage from this challenge, offering a strenuous walk with the aforementioned rewards.

The walk proposed offers a strenuous trek of approximately 14 kilometres, and it involves 750 meters of climbing, mountain lakes, fast flowing streams trapped in rock and steep rocky inclines stud the landscape encountered here. Once you experience Hungry Hill, you’ll get an appetite for more … and there is always more to be had on Hungry.


Our Schedule

-    Buses for A walks leave Bantry Community Tourist Office, at the top of Wolfe Tone Square at 9:30 AM each day. Transport is provided to and from all walks.
-    A Walks may take anywhere from 5 - 7 hours
-    Walks may be changed on the day due to adverse weather conditions.

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