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Blackwater Way - Avondhu

Trail Overview Details

Grade: Moderate
Format: Linear
Trail Quality: ***
County: Cork, Tipperary
Category: Walking/Hiking Trails
Type: National Waymarked Trail
Length (Kms): 94.00
Climb (m): 3690
Estimated time: 6 days
Start point: Clogheen
Start point grid ref: S 004 138
End point: Bweeng
End point grid ref: W 500 885
Nearest town to start: Clogheen
Ordnance survey map: OSI Discovery Series Sheets 74, 80 and 81* (*ca 3.2km through Fermoy)
Dogs Allowed: No
Facilities: Parking
At Start - on street or in car park in Clogheen
At End - on road side in Bweeng
Public transport: At Start: Daily express bus and limited local service Check with Bus Eireann.
At End:None
Map guide available: The Blackwater Way Map Guide – EastWest Mapping - Out of Print


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Description of Trail

The Blackwater Way (the combined Duhallow and Avondhu Ways) is a 168 kilometre linear long distance walking route that stretches from the borders of west County Waterford across north County Cork and into the County of Kerry, following the valley of the River Blackwater. It is part of the European E8 route. The Way is a richly varied one in terms of topography and features, and includes contouring sections along mountain flanks with great views, passing by ancient monuments such as standing stones, stone circles and cairns, and more modern monuments such as cillins (infant burial grounds) and holy wells. Along the way the towns of Fermoy and Millstreet and the villages of Kilworth, Ballynamona and Bweeng are encountered. Although the off-road sections are never far from a public road, on higher ground the route frequently passes through quite isolated mountain areas of forestry. Although about 28% of the route is on roads that carry fast traffic, the balance consists mainly of quiet tarmac roads, forestry tracks, bog roads and moorland and field paths. Some sections can be wet and muddy in wet weather. Until the last 15 kilometres during which there is a climb of 560m under Caherbarnagh and the Paps, there are no significant ascents, although over the whole route there is an aggregate ascent of 3,700 metres.

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51 kms or 54% of the Way follows local roads.
PLEASE NOTE the section of the Blackwater Way that traverses Carrigduff-Knockanroura Coillte forest near Mallow will be temporarily closed for 4 weeks from 19 December 2018 to 16 January 2019 to facilitate harvesting operations. Please follow the signs. Thank you for your co-operation.

Trail management organisation contact details

Avondhu Blackwater Partnership, Tel: 022 46580, Email: dave@avondhublackwater.com

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