Get away from the hustle and bustle this Bank Holiday weekend and join us on a guided hike of the Glenafelly valley in the Slieve Bloom Mts on St Patrick’s Bank Holiday Monday.
The Glenafelly hike passes through mature and semimature conifers along both sides of a quiet and remote river valley leading into the townland of Barcam at the top of the valley. The open lower slopes of the valley along the river banks contrast withe the seclusion of the more heavily wooded upper section. Native broadleaved tree species such as birch and alder and conifer tress such as Norway spruce and sitka spruce can be found in the valley. Foxglove, bracken, thistle, heather, bilberry and holly are also evident along the trail.
Situated near the entrance on private land opposite the car park is the Fiddlers Rock. This great stone of quartzite was erected in prehistoric times and demonstrates man’s long occupation of this valley. Look out for evidence of the animal life in the valley which includes fallow deer, badger, fox, pine marten and wood mouse. Birds of the valley include jay, raven, crow, dipper, hen harrier and bullfinch. Meeting point is at Kinnitty Community Centre and from here we will make our way to Glenafelly trail head where we will begin our hike.
We depart from Kinnitty Community Centre at 10am and the hike should take around 3 to 3 and half hours to complete.
Price €25 per person and includes tea/coffee from the famous Kelly kettle and snacks at the end of the hike.
Please note this hike is for people with a good level of fitness.
You must have appropriate footwear and suitable waterproof clothing.
No runners or jeans allowed.
Our guides are fully qualified Remote Emergency Care Three responders and are fully insured.
Slieve Bloom Mountain
The Slieve Bloom, along with the Massif Central in France, are the oldest mountains in Europe; they were once also the highest at 3,700m. Weathering has reduced them to 527m. On a clear day, one can see the high points of the four ancient provinces of Ireland.
They rise from the central plain of Ireland to a height of 527 metres. While not very high, they are extensive by local standards. The highest points are Arderin (527 m) at the southwestern end of the range and Baunreaghcong (511 m) at the end of the Ridge of Capard.