Friday 22nd February 2019
Day 24 Ahascragh to Ballygar
Terrain main road side roads forest track and demesne lands.
Stamp not available in centra Ballygar
Again we parked in safety in Ahascragh and walked 2km of main road to re-join the Way Marked Route. We turned onto a side road which became a forest track after 2.5km's. The walk through the forest was so peaceful with just the birds to sing to us. We crossed the Bun Owen River in Clonbrock Demesne, this area is very beautiful even at this time of year, Summertime must be Magic ! After leaving here we crossed the road, then onto more track all of which was firm underfoot.
An 83year old man stood to talk to us, he was very interested in our walk, and wished us well on our journey. He warned us that the next section of bog would be a bit tricky to traverse, he was right. Once again we walked some quiet country roads. Back into the Bog again, this time the wetter sections had wooden non slip pathways to keep us out of the water, we were very greatfull.
We crossed road and track before crossing the Shiven River where some children were skipping stones across the water. Today 2 people in cars stopped to inquire about our walk and to wish us well, it feels great when people are interested and we love to tell of our experiences.
We walked a mixture of Bog Road and quiet roads where we encountered a rare species, a Snow Crow once thought extinct, but it seems alive and well in Co. Roscommon [alive ! possilby] and a Pixie in the woods, shor' you would never know who you might meet. 1km. of busy road took us into into Ballygar.
The Centra in Ballygar has heard of the walk, a brochure was once dropped in with a promise of the Stamp, but alas no Stamp.