Tuesday 5th February 2019
Day 8 Carrigalougha to Ballyvourney
Terrain, gravel, and mountain track some road.
Track .easy - moderate.
Stamp . The Mills Inn
We started off in the cloud on the side of Carrigalougha. It is a warm moist and dark morning. We walked along a mountain gravel track which was been resurfaced in places for the upkeep of the walk.
It was a gentle incline up to Gortyrahilly where it levelled out. Along here we met Padraig's Kelleher driving a Council Truck who stopped for a chat.
He asked if we had been at the Augheris church yesterday. He said when he was a young boy that his grandmother and her neighbour were holy terrors for telling stories. But as children they seldom listened.
But one story did stay in his mind. They told how this little church was originally situated at Augheris to the East, and that it moved one night to its present location, dropping the holy water font along the way, where it still rests to this day on the roadside near to his house.
This site was also used for the burial of unbaptised babies, his grandfather being one of them. He wished us well on our walk.
From the gravel track we joined a mountain road into the valley. Then up again around Gortascarty and on up to Gortnatrigcrois where a German Shepherd made sure we knew our place.
The walking was very enjoyable even though the rain was torrential with no let up. While there was some climbing it was by no means strenuous in any way. It's downhill from here . We stopped off to visit St. Gobnaits church, grave and Holy Well. The church was built by him in the 6th century. It is said that O Sullivan fought a battle here with the local Clan, who were seeking favours from the English, but were later themselves defeated by the English. O'Sullivan and his men held there own and continued on their journey.
We drank the water from the Well which tasted good. The Well lies below his circular resting place. Leaving here we crossed the river Sullane, powerful today after the heavy night and mornings rain, before joining the road between Ballymakeery and Ballyvourney. Then past the colourful once important water pump. The Mills Inn in Ballyvourney was a welcome sight as we had not taken a break due to the heavy rain.
Hot Chocolate, warm scones, jam and cream soon helped to dry us out, while planning the next stage of our walk.