Baran Loop Walk

BARAN LOOP – GREEN ARROWS

Start/Finish : The Ahakista Trailhead at Arundels by the Pier car park

Grade : Hard

Distance : 7.9 Km approx.

Estimated Time : 2 Hours and 45 minutes approx. (Based on average walking speed of 3Km per hour)

Metres Climb/Ascent : 323m Max.

Height : 310m

Minimum Gear : Walking boots, rain gear, fluid and a mobile phone.

From the car park at Arundels by the Pier take a right onto the public road and continue on until you arrive at a tee junction (Ahakista Bridge). Take a right here and then the first left as per the finger post sign and follow the green arrows for Baran. At the next finger post sign keep left and follow the green arrows for Baran in a northwesterly direction and at way marker no. 9 (Baran) continue straight on along the track. When you arrive at way marker no. 10 for Baran take a left and follow the green arrows in a southwesterly direction until you reach way marker no. 21 for Baran. Take a left here and continue on down in a southeasterly direction until you reach way marker no. 440 on the old Kilcrohane/Ahakista road. Take a left here and continue straight on along the old road and you will eventually arrive onto a tarred road, passing by the Átha Thomáis memorial en-route to the main public road which will lead you back to Ahakista bridge and the car park at Arundels by the Pier.

Note : Be aware of weather conditions and cut away peat bogs along the loop walk. Be aware of any livestock on the land, especially any Bulls. Please do not exit marked trails only on marked routes. No dogs are allowed on The Sheep’s Head Way. Emergency: Phone 999 or 112 and state whether you need Ambulance, Gardaí (police), Fire Brigade or Mountain Rescue. To identify your location please quote the number of the nearest way marker pole or your GPS/grid co-ordinates.

LEAVE NO TRACE • plan ahead and prepare • be considerate of others • respect farm animals and wildlife • leave what you find • camp on approved sites or with landowners permission • dispose of waste properly

Practising a Leave No Trace ethic is very simple: make it hard for others to see or hear you and leave no trace of your visit.