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Bantry Blueway - Red Trail

Trail Overview Details

Grade: Advanced
Format: Linear
Trail Quality: ***
County: Cork
Category: Canoe Trails
Type: Canoe
Length (Kms): 9.00
Climb (m): 0
Estimated time: 3hr
Start point: Abbey Point Slipway
Start point grid ref: V 982 483
End point: Abbey Point Slipway
End point grid ref: V 982 483
Nearest town to start: Bantry
Ordnance survey map: OSI Discovery Series Sheet 85
Facilities: Parking, accommodation, shops, restaurants, cafes
Public transport: N/A
Map guide available: N/A

Description of Trail

Follow the Blue Trail description to Bank House on Whiddy Island and continue north to where the crossing point is marked by an orange buoy and flag where a wind flag will indicate local wind conditions.This is a 2 km long (45 minute) open water crossing which requires experience to successfully complete. Beware of winds and tidal flows at the crossing. Cross between Horse Island and Chapel Island flanked by mussel farm buoys to the green channel marker. From the green channel marker head for the Blueway flag on Reenbeg Point. Then cross the small bay south to reach Railway Pier and on to Abbey Slipway.

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Abbey Slip to Whiddy Island to Abbey Slip

Canoeing & Kayaking is an adventure sport. When you go canoeing follow the five points below to stay safe:
Planning -
Plan your trip well in advance by consulting with the Blueway website and local providers.
Experience -
Ensure the Blueway is a suitable match for your group’s experience. Water can be dangerous, if you are inexperienced use a local guide and seek formal training.
Conditions -
Consult the weather forecast and tide tables in advance of your trip and if unguided only go out in favourable conditions, clear days with low wind.
Equipment -
Always wear an approved buoyancy aid. Ensure your boat has adequate buoyancy. Bring suitable clothing, such as a wetsuit and equipment to deal with an emergency.
Emergencies -
In the event of capsize, stay with your craft, be ready and equipped to help one another. Always bring some form of communication with you, ie mobile phone - VHF. Ensure your group has a towing system in place.

For further information, visit the Bantry Bay Port Company website or the below Map Booklet

Trail management organisation contact details

BANTRY BAY PORT COMPANY - www.bantrybayport.com

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