Saturday 2nd March 2019
Day 32 Tullynatreve to Belcoo
Terrain Quiet Roads
Stamp Market house Blacklion.
We began walking this morning at 7 am as we have just a short walk to reach our Final destination. The forecast is for heavy rain, and we are trying once again to outrun it. The Sky created at first, amazing silhouettes, then colours that would not be possible to re-create on canvas. As the Sun Rose 100 photo's would not be enough to capture the Beauty that surrounded us on this the Final Day of our unforgettable Walk from Dursey Island in South West Cork to Belcoo in Co.Fermanagh, taking in all Four Provinces on the Way.
We passed 3 Lakes on the way to Moneygashel. The rain caught up with us so we didn't take time to do any exploring here or at The Burren Park, Lime Kiln, Sweat House, Cave, Giant's Grave all of which appeal to us. This region of the Cavan Way and The Kingfisher Cycle Trail is extreamly beautiful and an area that we intend to explore further at another time.
Our focus this morning is on getting to Blacklion and Belcoo. As our luck would have it, just as we began our descent into the Town of Blacklion the Sun came out to greet us. We had our Passport Stamped for the last time at The Market House. It is the Bunan Bui [ The Yellow Bittern ] the story of this Stamp is worthy of inquiry. The last Stamp but not the Final Stamp as it was not available. The staff here made inquiries as we deserved to have it in our Passport, the walk organisors said they assumed that it was here in the Market House, but alas no !
Maybe it met the same fate as the Yellow Bittern.
The thrill and excitement of crossing The Bridge from Blacklion and into Belcoo and taking the Final Steps on our 32 day walk was worthy of celebration.
Our friend Gerry awaited our arrival and we celebrated in the Hotel with 3 Hot Chocolate and 3 Raspberry Cheesecake, ......worth walking for.......
Friday 1 st March 2019
Day31 Drumshanbo to Tullynatreave
Terrain Hilly Roads, Green roads, some main road
Stamp Skerrie rynns Ballinagleara, loughlins shop Dowra.
We set out from Drumshanbo at 7.30am in a bid to out run [walk] the rain. It was a beautiful morning as we took to the Leitrim Way walking route and The Kingfisher Cycle Trail Route. It was a very beautiful and extremely hilly road for 10km. with Sliabh an Iarann overlooking us, and stunning views of Lough Allen below, as the sunshine ripples on the water. This is the second honesty box along our walk, it gives hope ! We arrived at St. Hugh's Well and to the Sweat House nearby. This region is rich in Sweat Houses, which is of great interest to us as we have re-built our old timber one for a stone one. They were once considered to have great healing powers and were usually constructed close to water as this one is. It is in need of some repair, as the roof is caving in.
From here an old green road becomes our guide, then a number of Stiles took us through some farmland , once the green road now destroyed by farm animals. It was time to head down to the road in search of the Stamp in Skerrie Rynn's pub and Shop in Ballinagleragh. The door seemed locked so we moved on to Dowra where we did have the Passport Stamped in Loughlins Shop. We were told here that we needed to push the Door a bit harder at Skerrie Rynn's. We had a hot lunch across the Bridge in The Melrose as it opens for food on a Friday. Refreshed we took to the road once again as the forecast announces that the weather is soon to take a turn for the worst, and every km. while it's still good is more enjoyable. At Tullynatreave 4km. further on, just as the first droplets of rain made their presence felt we called it a day.