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jgfitz: Track 3933 in area near Cooley/Gullion (Ireland)
Monaghan Way Part 3: Inniskeen to Lough Muckno
Length: 11.9km, Creator time taken: 4h11m, Ascent: 210m, Descent: 200m
Places:Start at H89397 10508, end at H85525 17227 7.8km NW from Start Logged as completed by 2
The Monaghan Way is from Monaghan Town to Inniskeen. Strictly speaking, Section 3 is from Castleblaney to Inniskeen, but we took a shorter route and in the reverse direction. A visit to the Patrick Kavanagh Centre in Inniskeen in the morning, where we enjoyed an excellent talk and watched a video, meant that we didn't get started until the afternoon, and therefore skipped ahead to a point North-West of Blackstaff cross roads where there is room for three cars on the side of the road. Most sadly, at this point is a memorial to one of the "disappeared", a man whose body was found buried at this spot. A further jolt to troubled times was, just after a sharp turn eastwards, a memorial to a young man who met a similar fate not more than 400 m from the first one, and lying some 400m from the River Fane that marks the border. You then meet the old railway line which you follow north-eastwards along this line. There are a series of styles and the route is well marked through open fields in rolling hillside. This is farming country, so be prepared to be in close quarters with dogs, cows and horses, who gave us no trouble at all. Locals were very friendly and helpful, with one farmer inviting us to take a shortcut across his fields. Chatting and stopping probably added an hour to our hike. We passed the scenic Lough Ross and finished our hike at the lakeside parking at Lough Muchno, and would recommend this to others as a finishing point because the Monaghan Way then proceeds onto the busy N53 to Castleblaney. Near Lough Muckno is the Concra Wood Golf Club where one can dine and drink with excellent views across Lough Muckno. A thoroughly enjoyable hike in pleasant, peaceful and beautiful countryside. We plan to return to do another section at a later date.
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