Two Great Walks in One Place – Depending on your Energy Levels
This is a very enjoyable walk in a stunning area of south Co Mayo, north of Newport. It’s a perfect location if you enjoy a very remote walk, peaceful and just broken by bird song. At the start of the walk you’ll find a map board and handy coloured route markers along the way. Always a good idea to bring a map too though.
My starting point is the junction of the Bangor & Western trail. Leaving the hut the path crosses over the wooden bridge where you can see the clearly marked routes. Continue following the river up through the valley with Nephin Beg Mountains on your left for some wonderful views. Crossing over the modern metal bridge brings you out into a natural open valley and generally boggy wet terrain. You may need to wear gaiters here most of the year round or at the very least waterproof footwear.
As you rise up the valley with the ever changing forest on the right, there’s a sign posted option to take a shorter route indicated by a blue line. The Blue route is a blessing if you want to return home sooner as it’s very flat and unchallenged. If you still feel like there’s fuel in the tank, then continue along the red route keeping the forest on your right hand side. At the end of the forest the Red Loop route turns right towards the lake. For a route that taxes you a little more, the Purple route continues on for approx. 250m and then turns right.
Follow the wire fence up to the highest point, which is the spot height 311. Your reward is the fabulous view out over the entire valley.
Take your time if the weather is fine and admire the wonderful surrounding views over the valley and beautiful Lough Aroher. Then carefully descend the slope, which is quite steep, through trees to re-join the Red route. Follow the established stony track until you reach the forest road which is used for access.
Walk the last 1.5 km on the forest road along the river back your bicycle or car. Hope you have a good time and always take care.
Here is a short sum up.
- Start out walking from the Brogan Carroll Bothy Hut
- Skirt around the 3 peaks keeping on the low ground for an easy walk
- Soak in the wonderful landscape while enjoying the protection of the forest
- Return along the river Altaconey to the finish and a well-deserved cup of tea in the nearest town
- Grid Ref: F 968055 Sheet 31 Discovery Series
- Distance: 12Km
- Ascent: 310m
- Estimated time: 3-3:30 hrs
- Grade: Hard with 4 different options from easy to hard with clearly marked routes (Green, Blue, Red, Purple)
- Equipment : Rain gear, hiking boots, food & fluids
- Terrain: Forest tracks, Forest roads, Bog, River crossing
Our Discovery Series sheet 31 covers this walk and can be purchased online.
We have a number of videos on our website that you will find helpful to enjoy the outdoors.
Disclaimer: Walkers use these routes entirely at their own risk. No responsibility can be accepted by landowners or by Ordnance Survey Ireland, for any loss, damage or injury caused or sustained during this walk.