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Clashganny Woods

I have cycled past on numerous occasions but never ventured in to walk the forest loop. The idea was planted in my head by Pete Kearney, husband of my wonderful aunt Madge who both live in Australia. Pete is a great man for long distance walks and on his last visit he walked the South Leinster Way incorporating Clashganny Wood.

New Years Day was the perfect day to head down to Borris and on to Clashganny to stretch the legs and begin a new exercise regime!

It’s a wonderful loop, perched on the steep wooded banks of the Barrow. Every so often there are glimpses of the River and the Lock house at Ballykeenan and also at Clashganny. The woods are here since the 1800s and make for a pretty sight along the Barrow Track. There is a spectacularly located Mass Rock near the entrance to the Loop; how authentic it is I cannot say as the Penal Laws were repealed before this wood was planted.

Looking forward to completing this walk again and maybe incorporating a visit to Clashganny House afterwards!

Bealach Ceatharlach

Here is a route i put together in 2017 with the intention of getting a group together to complete it in 2018. The route is 195kms long, takes in 2,680 metres of climbing, has 45kms off road cycling and most of the rest of it on minor roads, with minimal traffic. It visits many important heritage sites and some of the most beautiful corners of our county:


Here is a link to the map for Bealach Ceatharlach

Here is a link to a video I completed last summer


Barrow and the Blackstairs

Ducketts Grove

At Saint Mullins Lock

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