2nd February 2019
Day 5.Kealkill to Glengarriff
Terrain, mountain track and road
Track, Easy moderate in places
Passport stamp, Burke's shop Kealkill.
Left Jack the Lad [ our Land Rover ] in Glengarriff and took Penny[ Panda] to Kealkill where we parked, opposite Carriganass Castle.
It's a beautiful cold frosty morning as we set off down the hill alongside the Castle ruins. The translation of Carriganass is the Castle on the Rock of the Waterfall. We walk 3k uphill onto the mountain road before entering into the Ahil mountain and upwards to the bulls pocket.. Some of the way-marked signs were lying down due the ground being so soft, and possibly sheep scratching posts..This morning the ground is frozen so the boots are dry and it's firm underfoot. On up the mountain to join the forest track, it's a bit slippery on the descent due to the frost..at the bottom of the forest we came out onto a small road that descends to the Coomhola bridge, where we had our picnic in glorious Sunshine.
From here we entered a mountain track upto a magical sun flecked Forest, who lurks here ? Teddy Bears ? Mr Wolf ?
Out into the midday sunshine and we climb upwards alongside a fence with a strand of barbed wire on top. Jimmy had a slip on the wet ground and caught the wire in order to save a fall, cutting his hand in the process.. A standing stone towers above us on a hill as we come to the brow. Further along we join a small mountain road for 2k before once again entering the mountain path.
Another climb before the final descent to Glengarriff. The descent was through a well maintained track lined with Rhodendrons before coming onto a steep downwards road, 4km to go and the rain is looming, time to don the wet gear, before walking on to Glengarriff..
On the way into the village there is a standing stone with a plaque which was erected on March 31st 2002, 400 years to the day that Donal Cam O'Sullivan Bere began his epic March from here to Leitrim Castle.