1st March 2020.
“A” and “A” plus groups; Benaunmore via Cappagh Glen.
Meeting Point. Hanafin’s bar Annascaul at 10:00
Starting and finishing point; End of new road into Capppagh Glen.
Length; 4.5 miles, 7.25 KM.
Time; 3 hours.
Maximum Elevation; 1490 ft, 454 M.
Terrain; Grassy glen rough open mountainside, cliffs and perilous descent.
Grade; Moderate but hard towards the end.
Leaders. Seamus and Tom.
Having met at Hanafin’s bar Annascaul at 10:00 we drive to Killarney and out the Muckross road and take the turn for Muckross Church at Abbey Cross. We follow this road straight out till we come to the newly constructed road on our right leading South by the shore of Lough Guitane. There is ample parking space at the end of the road and this is our starting point. We follow the pathway through rough fields and over streams to Cappagh Glen which is facing us, the right or West of the two glens. We follow this glen along the Cappagh River as it ascends gently and becomes more tree lined. Having passed below Benaunmore on our left we turn left and ascend the col South of Benaunmore. The top of this col is where the “B” walkers leave us. We will turn left or North an ascend Benaunmore. This is a fabulous mountain which is ascually the remains of an extinct volcano and has hexagonal columns similar to the Giant’s Causeway, except the the rodk is felstone and is white. Continuing Northwards we have a steep and tricky descent to the glen below and continue the short distance back to our cars.
“B” walk; Cappagh and Nabroda Glens.
Starting and finishing Point; End of new road beside Lough Guitane.
Length; 5 miles, 8 KM.
Time; 4 hours 30 minutes.
Maximum elevation; 1170 ft, 357 M.
Grade; Moderate to hard.
Terrain; Grassy glen, fairly steep slippery ascent to col, stony track through narrow defile, wooded descent to finishing point.
We meet in Annascaul at 10:00 and drive to Lough Guitane with the “A” and “A+” walkers. Our route is same as them through Cappagh Glen and up to the col. At the top of the col we continue straight on and descend to Nabroda Glen on the East side of Benaunmore. We reach the valley floor between Lough Nabroda and Crohane Lake which are situated in a deep gorge between Benaunmore and Crohane mountain. We walk Northwards on the East side of Lough Nabroda and enter a very narrow valley below Benaunmore. If we look upwards we will see the white hexagonal columns on the cliffs near the summit. Be aware that this path has many hidden rocks and holes in places. Continuing onwards we will descend through an ancient woodland to the path back to our cars.
Annascaul walks follows a “Leave no Trace” code of practice.