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BrianKennan: Track 4597 in area near Scarr, Wicklow (Ireland)
Lough Dan loop
Length: 19.2km, Creator time taken: 5h29m, Ascent: 725m,
Descent: 728m

Places: Start at O15688 02153, Scarr, Scarr North-West Top, Kanturk, end at Start
Logged as completed by 1

This walk starts from the Scout Centre at Lough Dan with a 3km hike (1 hr) up to the peak of Scarr.
The route follows trails through some wooded areas, gorse and some boggy sheep trails with great views on a clear day.

From Scarr's peak, head down to Scarr North West Top and continue along the trail to Kanturk peaks / Bracket Rocks.

From Kanturk, the quickest route to the Inchavore river is normally down the mountainside through heather and deer and then through a thick forest. Coilte are currently harvesting the forest and so it is quite hazardous and should be avoided.
Instead, follow the main trail down to the sheep farm at Lough Dan, turning left at the crossroads of the farm track and walker trail.

Cross the long meadow with two huge boulders and on to the copse (Johnny's Oaks) where there is an easy crossing of the Inchavore. This is also a nice spot for a drum up.
Having crossed the river, follow the trail back around the base of Knocknacloghoge and the bank of Lough Dan, through tall gorse, to an abandoned two story house.
From here take the stepping stones across the river to Ballinrush and climb along zig zag trails.

You will pass two abandoned settlements, one of them known as the Scotch Village.

Follow the Coillte service track for about a kilometer and then follow the Wicklow Way across a few sheep fields.
There is about 2km of roadway back to Oldbridge, however its downhill all the way so lengthen your stride and enjoy the walk :-)

Uploaded on: Mon, 24 Jan 2022 (20:32:02)
Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/track/4597/  
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