wicklore: Track 2512 in area near Gleninagh Mountain, West Clare (Ireland)
Quick Gleninagh circuit
Length: 7.1km, Creator time taken: 2h13m, Ascent: 185m, Descent: 192m
Places:Start at M19014 07022, Gleninagh Mountain, end at Start Logged as completed by 1
As the data shows this was a quick, early morning walk. I started at a junction of a boreen and a third class road. I followed the boreen/farmer access track uphill to the crest of where it crosses the long ridge of Gleninagh. Then began a delightful 2km walk north across the best of the Burren karst landscape. This involved negotiating endless clints and grikes (geological features better known to us mere mortals as limestone slabs and the cracks between them!). There are lots of drystone walls to cross and overall its a lovely Burren experience. The summit of Gleninagh is a large mound and a measly modern stumpy concrete trig pillar. (Yes it's quite ugly as these things go).
The approach ascent is very graduaI. I continued down to the east where there was some steep ground until I reached the col below. I followed a track from the col south all the way back to my car. This track completely disappears in places despite being marked on the map. I believe this is a reflection of the turlough lakes that appear and disappear seasonally in this region - the temporary lakes having wiped out evidence of the track in places. Some very wet ground at times in otherwise dry underfoot conditions lend weight to this observation.
The small track becomes tarred eventually as you begin to pass through a series of gates. However there are no houses (besides a half-built one) until you reach your car parked near a farmhouse at the boreen. A delightful walk of two hours that allows fine views north across Galway Bay to Connemara and the distant summits there.
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