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dino: Track 4563 in area near Bolaght Mountain, South Donegal & West Tyrone (Ireland)
Bolaght Mountain Loop (Includes Roads)
Length: 15.4km, Creator time taken: 3h54m, Ascent: 283m,
Descent: 286m

Places: Start at H27722 74229, Bolaght Mountain, end at Start
Logged as completed by 1

This route combines the approaches of a number of members who have commented on the Bolaght Mountain listing. Please note that the second half is all on rural country roads. However, the area is sparsely populated with ocassional homes and farms and many abandoned buildings. I walked it on a Wednesday afternoon at the end of September and I only encountered one vehicle and that was the postman!
Navigation is pretty straightforward. On the approaches to Lough Lee be careful not to get drawn on to the windfarm tracks and stick with the original farmland track until you reach the forestry. Then follow the signs for Bin Mountain Windfarm.
I followed the Ulster Way for a few hundred metres before heading up the ridge towards the summit. I should have headed straight for the summit from where the Ulster Way leaves the windfarm track.
Once on the Ulster Way route the markers can be a bit difficult to spot but there is a fairly easy to follow track. If in doubt follow the trail left by quad users crossing the hill. On my visit the trail follows the Ulster Way and thankfully hasn't caused much damage to the hillside.
In all but the wettest of conditions it should be possible to complete this walk with trail shoes with the majority of it on established tracks and trails and only one section on upland moorland with only a few boggy sections that should be easily bypassed with a bit of care.
Allow some time to visit Sloughan Glen after your walk. It's a beautiful location with good paths and steps on the steep glen sides. There are numerous picnic benches and a number of beautiful waterfalls.

Uploaded on: Wed, 22 Sep 2021 (21:09:27)
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Comment created by dino Oct-04 22:47
A detailed report and more photos can be found on my personal blog at this link: https://idlecyclist.wordpress.com/2021/10/04/hike-bolaght-mountain/

NOTE: ALL information such as Ascent, Length and Creator time taken etc should be regarded as approximate. The creator's comments are opinions and may not be accurate or still correct.
Your time to complete will depend on your speed plus break time and your mode of transport. For walkers: Naismith's rule, an approximate though often inaccurate estimate, suggests a time of 3h 33m + time stopped for breaks
NOTE: It is up to you to ensure that your route is appropriate for you and your party to follow bearing in mind all factors such as safety, weather conditions, experience and access permission.

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