North Leitrim Easter Hill walking festival 20 & 21 April
April 20 @ 12:00 am - April 21 @ 12:00 am
The Leitrim hills are calling – THE place to be this Easter! .
Easter Saturday April 20th 2019
Long Walk: Cuilcagh Mountain and ‘Stairway to Heaven’ from the Bellavally Gap.
The bus will take walkers from the Registration Centre at the Rainbow Ballroom Glenfarne to the start of the walk at Bellavally Gap in Glangevlin. The walk will continue along the south ridge of Cuilcagh taking walkers to Cuilcagh’s giant cairn and highest point (666 metres). The walk will then explore the magnificent dry limestone plateau towards Tiltinbane and eventually descend by the Cuilcagh boardwalk, endearingly known as ‘The Stairway to Heaven’ for bus pick up at the car park in Cuilcagh Mountain Park.
Distance: 15km: Height: 666metres. Duration 5-6 hours.
Medium Walk: Cuilcagh Mountain via. ‘The Stairway to Heaven’ Boardwalk. (subject to permissions)
The festival bus will take walkers to the car park at the entrance to Cuilcagh Mountain Park near Pollawaddy and walkers will continue along the paved path for about 5km to reach the renowned Cuilcagh Boardwalk (The ‘Stairway to Heaven’) to take walkers to the giant cairn and highest point of this impressive limestone plateau mountain (666 metres). Walkers will descend again by the same route enjoying the delights of this unique and popular Boardwalk.
Distance: 13km. Height: 666metres. Duration: 4-5 hours.
Easter Sunday April 21st 2019 Walks
Long Walk – Glenfarne Plateau.
Starting in the townland of Moneenlum, the walk follows part of Sli Liatroma (The Leitrim Way) out to Doo Lough. Turning west it then leaves Sli Liatroma to take walkers to Lough Avanny, Lough Kip and onwards to ‘The Two Sisters’ – two spectacular free-standing rocks. The walk overlooks the Dowra landscape and has magnificent views of Lough Allen. The walk then descends by the southern side of Glenfarne village, near the townland of Meenkeeragh.
Distance: 16km. Height 410 metres. Duration: 5-6 hours.
Medium Walk: Glenfarne Plateau.
Similar to the Long Walk, this one takes walkers from the starting point at Moneenlum and follows part of the Sli Liatroma (the Leitrim Way) out to Doo Lough. Turning west, it then leaves Sli Liatroma to go to Lough Avanny and Lough Kip. The walk overlooks the Dowra landscape and has magnificent views of Lough Allen. The walk will descend by the southern side of Glenfarne village, near the townland of Meenkeeragh.
Distance: 10km. Height: 396 metres. Duration. 4-5 hours.
Ramble: Glenfarne Demesne
Leaving the Rainbow Ballroom, walkers take the road into Glenfarne forest and after 2.5km will reach Lough MacNean. With stunning views out to Fermanagh and Cavan, participants will hear a little of the history of the Tottenham estate and of the islands in the lake. Taking a gravel path off the forest road, the route will pass some of the beautiful pieces on the MacNean Sculpture Trail. A left turn twill afford beautiful views of Cuilcagh mountain in the distance. A little break for a cuppa at Big Myles’s Stone, past Badgers Well and the group is back on the forest road to the Rainbow
Distance: 9km. Duration 2-2.5 hours. Walk will be on a forest gravel path. Walking shoes/boots and waterproof jacket recommended. Dogs on a lead welcome.
For further information on the festival visit https://sites.google.com/site/hshillwalkers/home. You will see a list of accommodation in the area so why not stay for the w/end and enjoy the craic! After Saturday’s walk we will have dinner in the evening and some entertainment organised.
Registration takes place at the iconic Ballroom of Romance, Glenfarne, Co. Leitirm