Barnageehy Loop Walk

 

BARNAGEEHY LOOP – GREEN ARROWS

Start/Finish : Durrus Trailhead and drive to the Barnageehy car park

Grade : Moderate

Distance : 7.7 Km approx.

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

Metres Climb/Ascent : 546m Max.

Height : 301m

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

Driving from Durrus Village to Car Park at Barnageehy : Drive from Durrus village along the old Creamery road passing Wiseman’s Hardware Store, continue on along this road until you reach the N71 and take a right here. The N71 will take you all the way uphill until you reach the car park at Barnageehy. At the SHW finger post sign turn in to your right to the car park, there is a sign for Glanlough there also.

 

Driving from Bantry to Car Park at Barnageehy : Drive from Bantry taking the N71 passing The West Lodge Hotel and the turn off for The Sheep’s Head Peninsula enroute. Turn right at the junction for Skibbereen and Ballydehob and the N71 will take you all the way uphill until you reach the car park at Barnageehy. At the SHW finger post sign turn in to your right to the car park, there is a sign for Glanlough there also.

 

From the car park at Barnageehy set out along the road in a westerly direction following the yellow walking man way markers. At way marker no. 634 turn left off road and continue on up a track in a southerly direction at first before heading in a southwesterly direction with forestry on your left as you ascend. When you reach way marker no. 619 turn right here to descend down to the public road going over a timber stile, way marker no. 603. Turn right here and follow the road back to the car park at Barnageehy passing by a timber stile, way marker no. 600 and a gate with an information sign on it enroute.

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.