The monthly Na Sléibhte Club walk was in Mayo this weekend. Lots of choices for members - from Ben Gorm, Ben Cleggan, Sheffry’s etc.
A few of us decided to do a low level walk on the Saturday while the rest of the crew went high. A fine yomp from Tawnyard Car Park to Keane’s Pub at Maam Bridge along the Western Way. The pace was brisk, as we kept each other honest.
When you’re up that direction and the forecast is good you’d be mad not to stop over and do something else the following day. Some members were on the Maamturks, the Sheffry’s and Mweelrea. I decided on a solo spin on the above route.
If I walked in a bit further along the track at the start I would have come to a gate with access to the open mountain. There also, what looked like, a walk track just beyond that gate. It’s wise not to leave it too late to drop down to Glendavock as it’s fairly wet along the valley.
I was able to see the ridge opposite and picked my way through the stones/rocks where it was ‘green’. It’s a steep climb. There’s probably easier ways to gain the ridge by contouring along Eastwards at a lower level.
There is an occupied house that you pass as you walk out the track from the Lugayeran River so you could avoid it by coming back the way you went out.