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 F8030743235, An Bhinn Bhuí, Doonvinalla W Top, Doonvinalla E Top, end at F8403443908 3.8km E from Start Logged as completed by 5
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. 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. 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. 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. Finally you come down to Portacloy which is a great beach but also has this plunge pool for the adventurous. A fine walk!
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