A Walks for the experienced walker
Hungry Hill Walk - Saturday
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.
The Caha Lake Walk - Sunday
This is the other ‘A’ walk and stands in complete contrast to the walk on Hungry Hill. It is challenging in a different way. It is over 15km long but has less ascent (as Hungry) – a total of 500m.
This year the walk starts near the famed Tim Healy pass with immediate stunning views of both west Cork and South Kerry. The route climbs up to Cnoc Eoghain (Knockowen) the highest point on the walk (658m.) As you reach the top of Cnoc Eoghain there are superb views of the vertical northern face of the mountain towering above the Glanrastal valley and river with spectacular views north over Glanmore Lake towards Lauragh. You will also climb Knockeirky (577m) and there you are on a high plateau of rugged terrain studded with as many lakes. They say that there are 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 east. It passes and views some of the 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.
The walk finishes in Rougham and this mysterious valley cannot be missed. The walks descends via a stream carved out of the sandstone rock and as you reach the floor of the valley the hill and cliff tower above shaped by Glaciers many years ago.
- 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.