|Name of walk||A Walk From Knockanuha to Deesert and Cummeen, County Kerry.|
|Date of walk||2014-09-04|
Today we were walking down into the valley to Deesert, to the house that belonged to Brendan’s Great Grandmother, and the house where his father was born. Sadly the house is now abandoned and going to ruin, mainly because of its isolation and lack of road access.
View from the end of our driveway at Knockanuha, looking towards Gullaba and The Bird.
We are five miles up a single track road from Kilgarvan. After Cummeen there are only a couple of passing places. Anyone venturing up here needs to be able to reverse downhill and around bends for a quarter of a mile!
View down to the forestry at the bottom of the valley.
The Rowan berries are looking good.
Some of the bends are blind too.
The valley starts to open up.
Mountains in the background.
Deesert is in the valley on the far right.
Maureen and Steve's house in Cummeen is now in view on the left.
The gate for the track down to Deesert. There is no road access from here.
Heading down the track.
The small community on the other side of the river.
After fighting our way through gorse and bracken we are now within sight. The house is in the trees.
Here it is. If you didn't know it was here you'd never find it!
The windows need repairing, but it is still structurally sound.
Through the broken windows we can look inside.
We cross the field and walk along a narrow lane to the river. The ford in the river is the place that links Deesert to the small communitiy on the other side, but it is too deep to cross on foot. This would be the only vehicle access point.
We retrace our steps back to the road and then head down to Cummeen.
Cummeen. We have a cup of tea at Maureen and Steve's house.
Maureen with her two grandsons Paddy and Steven.
Then we head back up to Knockanuha. Carran behind.
One of Patsy's cows has a new calf.
We continue along the lane and return via the field. Our cottage in the center.
It is quite a sun-trap.
I am joined by Paddy, looking for a snack.
He checks to see if my camera is edible.
A good little local walk on a very hot day.