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Foxford Walking Festival 2017

3rd & 4th June 2017

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Saturday 3rd June Sunday 4th June

Saturday - Walk 1: Ox Mountains

Start Time: Bus departs at 9.30am
Grade: Hard
Distance: 16kms approx.
Time: Allow 5.5 to 6hrs
Total Ascent: Approx. 525m

This walk offers a diversity of terrain, habitat and scenery from start to finish. It is over track and rough mountain that offers panoramic views of Loughs Conn, Cullin and Levally as well as majestic Nephin Mountain. The walk begins near Bonniconlon with a gradual ascent to join the route of the Foxford Way at about 300m. There are views across to Ox DescentBonniconlon and Ballina. Subsequently, we intersect the Foxford Way and turn south towards Glanduff.
There are impressive coastal views from Easky in Sligo to Lacken in Mayo and inland across Loughs Conn and Cullin to Nephin and Croagh Patrick. If fortunate, we may catch a glimpse of Red Grouse, Skylarks or even the occasional Peregrine Falcon. A local herd of feral goats can sometimes be seen. The walk finishes with a descent via the "Staighre" (Stairs – old stone pitched tracks which facilitated access to the hills for turf cutting), at the townland of Boyhollagh.

Sunday - Walk 1: Nephin Mountain

Start Time: Bus departs at 9.30am Nephin
Grade: Hard
Distance: 8km approx.
Time: Allow 5.5 to 6hrs
Total Ascent: Approx. 800m

This walk will commence at the townland of Lahardaun where we take a gently sloping track over farm and bog land to the base of Nephin. Many thanks are due to local landowners who continue to facilitate access to the second highest mountain in Connaught. A steep ascent over rocky terrain awaits, while enjoying the breath-taking views of North Mayo unfolding beneath. The route is challenging and represents one of the more demanding ascents of Nephin, as the ascent is steep and chalenging. The summit at 806m will reveal 360 degree views across Mayo and its neighbouring counties. On a clear day you can see Croagh Patrick, Clew Bay, Clare Island and much more.
This walk should only be undertaken by experienced hill walkers with experience of challenging ascents and an excellent level of fitness. The walk will decend to Prughlish to meet the bus.

Saturday - Walk 2: TavnaghmoreRamblers Bridge

Start Time: 10.00am
Grade: Moderate
Distance: 14km approx.
Time: Allow 3.5 to 4hrs
Total Ascent: 80m

This walk starts at Foxford Sports & Leisure Centre. It crosses the famous River Moy and heads through local townlands Shraheen and Tavnaghmore, via a bog road . This takes in some very scenic views of Loughs Conn & Cullin and the majestic Nephin Mountain in the background.
We will take a break on the shores of Lough Conn to enjoy the beautiful scenery and to soak up the peace and tranquillity of the location. The route then returns to Foxford over Ramblers Bridge (erected by the Foxford Ramblers Club who are again indebted to local landowners who made the route available) and through the beautiful surrounds of Drummin Wood with the Ox Mountains in the distance.

Sunday - Walk 2: Larganmore Goats

Start Time: Bus departs at 10.00am
Grade: Moderate
Distance: 10km
Time: Allow 4.5hrs,
Total Ascent: 260m –290m approx.

This walk offers a diversity of terrain, habitat and scenery from start to finish. The walk which starts at Pairceen Village takes us up onto the Larganmore Ridge where we ascend on to the open hill and over the top to stunning panoramic views of five counties. To the north there are also views of nearby lakes, Lough Muck and the Callow lakes, all well known locally for trout fishing. After traversing the Larganmore ridge in an anti-clockwise direction, we will cross the Foxford Way which will lead us to the splendid view over Glendaduff Lough. We may be lucky enough to observe the feral goats which roam freely on the mountain. Above Glendaduff there is also the possibility of sighting the locally resident and rare peregrine falcon and red grouse might also be seen. We will descend gently to the Foxford Way where we will continue on to the finish point at the car park close to Pairceen Village.
Not suitable for children under 12.

Saturday - Walk 3: Rinanny Loop (Family Friendly/Free)

Start Time: 11am
Grade: Easy
Distance: 4.5km approx.
Time: Allow 1.5 to 2hrs
Total Ascent: Insignificant

The walk starts at Foxford Sports & Leisure Centre. It will follow the banks of the famous River Moy via Admiral William Brown Memorial Park. It will subsequently head towards Rinnaney Village and join a country lane with the majestic Ox Mountains in the distance. The walk will continue west where you will be able to see Braid Cross to your left. After a short distance we will then return to Foxford, via Mother Morough Bernard Road named after the founder of Foxford Woollen Mills.

Sunday - Walk 3: Drummin Wood (Family Friendly/Free)

Start Time: Bus departs at 11am
Grade: Easy
Distance: 4km approx.
Time: Allow 1.5 to 2hrs

A bus brings walkers to the trailhead at Drummin Wood on the shore of Lough Cullin. Walkers continue into the wood immortalised by the poet F.R. Higgins in his poem "Drummin Wood" The route heads towards the townland of Tavnaghmore and traverses forest trails before returning to majestic views of Lough Cullin. Pack a light lunch and enjoy a picnic by the lake or in the beautiful woodlands.

 

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