Cahergal Loop Walk


Start/Finish : The Black Gate Trailhead at The Alice West Centre

Grade : Hard

Distance : 8.4Km approx. Estimated Time : 3 Hours approx. (Based on average walking speed of 3Km per hour)

Metres Climb / Ascent : 371m Max.

Height : 184m Minimium Gear : Walking boots, rain gear, fluid and a mobile phone.

From the car park at the Black Gate / Alice West Centre follow the purple loop walk arrows in a northeasterly direction along the public road for a short distance. At way marker no. 3 (Peakeen, Cahergal and Cahir) turn left off the public road. Continue up the track and onto the hill going through 4 no. stiles en-route until you reach way marker no. 15 (Peakeen and Cahir) and turn left. Continue on crossing the peninsula to the Bantry Bay side until you reach the car park at Cahergal. Keep left after going over the timber stile and cross the road where you will go over another timber stile passing way marker no. 206. Continue straight on for the Cove passing the the ruins of a famine hamlet known locally as the “Crimea” and the abandoned copper mines en-route. At way marker no. 238 keep left and walk a short distance along the pubic road. Turn right at the finger post sign for “The Poet’s Way” and go off road over a timber stile, way marker no. 65 Poet’s Way/Cahergal. Follow the way markers to traverse the peninsula to the south side until you meet way marker no. 348. Turn left here and continue straight on until way marker no. 354 and turn right. Continue on down to the public road and back to Black Gate / Alice West Centre.

Note : Be aware of weather conditions, unprotected dangerous cliffs 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.