Wednesday 27th February 2019
Day 29 Meenmor Curlews to Highwood
Terrain Some hilly roads Mountain track
Stamp none available
There was very little visibility as we set out from Meenmor in The Curlew Mts. We walked 4.5km along a really quiet country road, just a car or two leaving school children to meet the school bus, and the Local Link Bus aslo passed. Then the walk took us onto a forestry road, which took us past Corradoo Cottages and soon we we were on the upwards road with the Bricklieve Mts. ahead, and onto the mt. track. The track has been upgraded since our last walk here, on the Arigna Miners looped Walk, it makes for a much easier trek.
Even on this low cloud foggy morning this is a beautiful section of the route as it leads to an old green road which was once part of the Miners Way. The remnants of their cottages are still visable. With the company of a flock of Sheep we continued upwards. Then we turned onto a steep uneven Sheep path down into the Glacial Valley below. The fog added to the mystical silent beauty of our surroundings. Down one side and then up the other. As we crossed a Stile the terrain leveled out and led to a mountain track once again. Before long a seat and a Stile appeared from out of the fog and soon we were descending from the Bricklieves.
Another 3-4km downhill into Castlebaldwin, and across the main Sligo-Dublin road for another 5km into Heapstown.
We choose an extra 1km of road walking instead of the farmland as we remembered that it was muddy the previous time and that was mid-summer.
On up through Moytura we were still in the fog, but could get the occassional glimpse of Lough Arrow below. At Highwood which was a good climb, equal in height to the Bricklieves, we decided to call it a day. We had covered 24km. of mixed terrain which was all enjoyable despite the lack of visibility.