Time to head for the hills again and this time tackle the Cahermurphy Loop Walk. This takes you from the sandy shores of Lough Graney via the river banks of the Bleach River through East Clare forest and farmland via forest tracks and minor roads.
Distance is 10 km and will take you 2 – 3 hours to complete. The highest point on the loop is near Corlea Beg and has some steep inclines and declines before and after, as you come through the village of Flagmount and back to the trail head.
Parking is available at the trail head as well as a small picnic area, though as the weather on our visit was drizzling, we didn’t hang around.
Having lived the good life for the Holidays it seemed only necessary to take a walk, if nothing else to assuage my guilt for my recent overindulgence. Ted (my trusty Labrador) and I headed for the Clare hills, and to the Carran Loop Walk.
Parking is available at Cassidy’s Pub in Carran village, and this is where the trail starts and finishes. There are two loops available, a short 4k and a longer 9k loop, each taking you though the Burren’s somewhat lunar landscape of exposed limestone slab, and past historic churches and holy wells. The terrain is undulating, but well way marked.
Though both links below estimate walking time at 3-4 hours, I found it easy to cover the ground in 2.