Walk in Ireland, Mayo An Bhinn Bhuí Doonvinalla W Top Doonvinalla E Top, ascent 245m, length 8.1km
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simon3: Track 3870 in area near An Bhinn Bhuí, North Mayo (Ireland)
Benwee Coastal Walk
Length: 8.1km, Creator time taken: 3h55m, Ascent: 245m,
Descent: 315m

Places: Start at F80307 43235, An Bhinn Bhuí, Doonvinalla W Top, Doonvinalla E Top, end at F84034 43908 3.8km E from Start
Logged as completed by 4
The walk starts at a small carpark and Wild Atlantic Way sign just west of Benwee. In fact some of the local rock has red, ochre as well as the eponymous yellow.
This picture was taken from the west of the start. The car park is on the extreme right.

The initial walking goes via an easy track along the coast. The cliffs are not safe and everyone particularly children and animals need to be careful.
There are a series of exciting or interesting views and this report can only include a few.
Off the coast there are various islands. At the start is Kid's Island (not shown in photos here) and also the Staggs of Broadhaven, an unnamed peak fo 46m just off the top of the head and various others.
Part of the coastline with an arch and the distant Stags of Broad Haven.

At one point there is a huge jutting rock evocative of a crashing ship. Apparently it was climbed from the sea side many years ago, with the climbers being benighted in their efforts.
Titanic wrock.

One place we passed was Doonvinalla N Top. It is relatively easy to get over the connecting ridge to it, but then it became too difficult. According to the OS 1:50k there was a promontory fort there - amazing location. See photo for this with the summit.
Towards the end some of the geology is particularly exposed such as this amazing twisted and sheered rock.
Twisted yellow and grey rocks.

Finally you come down to Portacloy which is a great beach but also has this plunge pool for the adventurous.
A Portacloy swim at the end. Photo courtesy Una Campbell.

A fine walk!

Uploaded on: Sat, 11 Aug 2018 (07:37:14)
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