28th  January 2018.

“A”  walk;   Lispole,  Strickeen,  Windy Gap.

Area;     Lisplole.

Meeting Point ;      Hanafin’s bar Annascaul at 10:00

Starting  and finishing point;  Head of the Gap.

Finishing Point;    Lispole.

Length;         7.5 miles,  11 KM.

Maximum elevation;   2129 ft,  649 M.

Time;     4 hours.

Grade;      Difficult.

Terrain;     Surfaced road, open mountainside, bog track.

Leader;      Mary Ward.

Leaving Annascaul at 10:00 we drive to Lispole. Starting here we follow the Dingle Way for a short distance. Crossing over a gate we begin the steep ascent of Strickeen. This is very steep and can be slippery. On reaching the summit we walk North and then East following the mountain ridge. We ascend Cnapan more, the highest point of our walk and then descend to the col at Windy Gap.  Then we have a tricky descent past Lough Bearna na Gaoithe.  Below the lough the track flattens out and eventually we reach a surfaced road leading to Kate’s Cross and from there we make our way West along the main road to Lispole.

“B”  walk;   Cruach Mharthain.

Area;    Ventry / Dunquin.

Meeting Point ;   Hanafin’s bar Annascaul at 10:00

Starting and finishing point:  Top of The Classagh, (at the radio masts).

Length;         5 miles,  8KM.

Maximum elevation;  1325 ft,  403 M.

Time;     3 hours 45 minutes.

Grade;     Moderate.

Terrain;     Open mountainside, surfaced road.

Leader.     Mary Kelly.

Leaving Annascaul at 10:00 we drive to Dingle and on to Ventry. At Paudie O’Shea’s pub we turn right and drive up the narrow steep road to the parking space beside the radio masts at the top of the Classach.  Our path is a steep ascent up to Cruach Mharthain. It is tough but quite short and we should reach the summit in about 45 minutes. The views here are wonderful, in all directions.  The Blaskets to the West, all Kerry to the East and South, Dingle Bay below and Brandon above us.   Having rested we walk North East down the heather covered slope towards Ballyferriter for a mile. Here we leave the ridge and descend to the road below along a bog track.  There is an ancient monastic besidethe road and after admiring the ancient stonework we follow the surfaced road upwards back to our cars at the top of the Classach.