Gleninchaquin Walk

Name of walk Gleninchaquin Walk
Date of walk 2015-08-21
Distance walked (miles) 2
Duration of walk 3 hours 0 minutes
Weather Mixed
Peaks on walk None
Walked with Brendan
Parking Gleninchiquin Park

Fellow bell ringers Anne and Keith had recommended a walk up to the waterfall at Gleninchaquin Park, County Kerry, which they did last September. I thought I had not been here before, but I recognised the waterfall from when we took Brendan’s Mum up to the top lake about five years ago. We did not go walking then, we were just out for a drive. It is at the top of a long single track road beside three lakes. The park has various walks. This time we paid our entrance fee and followed the waterfall walk track, adding a few detours here and there.

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A view to the waterfall.

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Soay sheep.

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In 2005 a programme of restoration was begun to restore cottages from the 1800's that fell into disrepair after the Irish potato famine of the 1840's, which devastated the local population. We took a detour to visit one of the restored cottages.

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Then we detoured to the shores of Cummeenadillure Lough.

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We then continued on up to the top.

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Looking back down on the lough.

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The weather was turning to rain.

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Rain at the top and no views!

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We continue on to the look out point up the valley as the rain passed over.

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Looking down on to Cummeenaloughaun.

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We have a view back down the lakes to Kenmare Bay.

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View back from the top of the rock section, another short detour to get a view.

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A great view down all the lakes. Lough Inchiquin is the nearest, then the Cloonee Lakes.

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From the bridge over the waterfall.

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We climb down the steps and have lunch on a seat with a lake view.

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Then we join the riverside walk.

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Very Monet like.

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Back at the start.

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We drive back down the single track road stopping at Lough Inchiquin.

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We stop again at Uragh, just before you reach Upper Cloonee Lough, to visit the Stone Circle.

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The Stone Circle with a view to the waterfall behind. The centre of the circle was full of (human) ashes.

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View back to the Stone Circle from a nearby hill.

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We then head up another hill to the Famine House.

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View back to the lakes before returning to our car.

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We say goodbye to the sheep.

This excellent little walk was only a couple of miles long and with the detours and lunch it took us three hours. The Stone Circle walk was only 30 minutes.

Jo.

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