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Colin Murphy: Track 4841 in area near Ballykildea Mountain, East Clare (Ireland)
A long, meandering route to Ballykildea
Length: 5.9km, Creator time taken: 1h48m, Ascent: 422m,
Descent: 177m

Places: Start at R6705376813, Ballykildea Mountain, end at R6619373703 3.2km S from Start
Logged as completed by 1

This was perhaps the longest walk I’ve ever done to bag a single Carn (almost 12km return), but it was enjoyable nonetheless. I took the Ballycuggaran Road off the R463 and followed it for about 2km, where I asked a farmer for permission to park outside his wall and he absolutely no problem. I walked along the road for about 300m and continued up a rougher track (BTW Google Maps indicates this track is drivable, but unless you’re in a rugged terrain vehicle, trust me, it’s not!)
The trail up through the section of woods.
Continued up with a wood on my left, continuing straight across a more substantial forest track to cut up along a narrow trail through a section of woods, (waterlogged in parts and had to navigate around a fallen tree, but quite manageable), before emerging onto yet another substantial forest track. Turned right and followed this meandering track as it eventually swung back eastwards, revealing a small glen on the right.
Watch for a barely distinguishable trail on the right at this point
At this point I missed a very narrow trail to the right, which crosses a small brook, and had to backtrack about 250m (if you come to a gate with a stile, you’ve gone too far) Followed this narrow trail as it ascended southwards, taking me on to yet another main forest track that I followed for almost 2km.
The final, long stretch of forest track (visible on right) leading towards the hill (centre)
At that point you need to leave track and ascend to the left up a rough but passable forest ride which finally emerges onto open, rising moorland, about 500m from summit.
The forest ride from the track that leads onto open moorland
A few sheep trails through the heather aid immensely here and will take you close to the high point, which is a slightly elevated heathery mound with a rotten pole stuck in it.
Yours truly at the top, marked by a barely standing rotten pole.
Return via same route. Car to summit and back took 3.5 hours.

Uploaded on: Fri, 31 Mar 2023 (10:54:35)
Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/track/4841/  
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