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GSheehy: Track 3237 in area near Slievecushnabinnia, Galty Mountains (Ireland)
*The* Galty Loop
Length: 35.6km, Creator time taken: 8h51m, Ascent: 2601m, Descent: 2254m
Places:Start at R87311 28031, end at R89039 26658 2.2km SE from Start Logged as completed by 2
A fantastic weekend's weather, so it would have been a shame not to take a big bite out of one of my local ranges. This walk has been on my mind for a while but you need to feel right and have a good day for it. I started early to avoid much of the heat later in the day. Lough Curra was dead calm, it rarely is. The ground on the traverse from Slievecushnabinna to Lyracappul had dried out somewhat, so that was a good sign for the rest of the day. Mist rolled in from the NW while I was on Temple Hill but had all but disappeared by the time I got to Knockaterriff. The descents from Knockaterriff and Moanabrack are sharp enough and it's difficult not to cast an eye at the upcoming pull from the footbridge in Glounreagh to Galtymore via Knockduff. By the time you get to the 'corner of the wall' (col West of Galtymore) you've 18km and 1,705m, the col just after Galtybeg clocks in at 20.8km and 1,854m. If you weren't feeling the best, and we've all had days like that, you could head for home (Clydagh Bridge) from either of these places. Approaching O'Loughlin's Castle I have to stop. In all the times I've come at it from the West it's never been so clear so it's good to take it all in. There's about 10km to get home from Farbrega, taking in Knockastakeen and Cush. Corrigeen to Cush was tough but you know you're nearly done.
A great loop.
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