Festival Walks


2020 Easter Hill Walking Festival April 11th & 12th




Description of Walks



North Leitrim Glens Hillwalking Festival – Easter 2020 April 11th & 12th Registration will take place in the Tea Shed Café, beside
Glencar Waterfall, Glencar County Leitrim.





Sat. 11th April. Long Walk in Glencar Valley


Luke’s Bridge to Kings Mountain to Barytes Mines to Tea Shed at Glencar Waterfall. Walks starts in Cloyragh (Chloichrí meaning cliffs) Valley along theNorth East side of Benbulben, level walk at first along a bog road to the base of the cliffs and then a steep ascent to Slievemore (466 meters).The walk then veers Southwest to the top of Kings Mountain (462 meters)where there are stunning views of Sligo Bay to the West, Glencar Valley to the East and a clear view of the magnificent Kings Gully below.The walk then veers North East for 3km across open moorland tothe Barytes Mines at Carbury. After exploring the old mines and lunch, the walk goes directly South to the top of Tormore and turns left alongthe cliff top of Glencar escarpment, one of the finest cliff walks in Ireland.There are stunning views of Glencar lake below and the Castlegal rangeof mountains to the South. The walk continues for another 3 km alongthe escarpment passing the top of Sruth in Aghaidh an Aird (meaning "stream against the height", also known as The Devil's Chimney) to the Doneen’s Trail, then descends via a meandering tarred bog road to the Tea Shed café which is located beside the spectacular Glencar Waterfall.


Duration: 10.30am to 4pm approx. Distance 12km approx, for very fit walkers only, pace will be fast with very few rest stops. If in doubt choose the medium walk (which covers most of the same ground but at a slower pace).



Sat. 11th April. Medium Walk in Glencar Valley.


Luke's Bridge to the Barytes Mines to Tea Shed at Glencar Waterfall.Walks starts in Cloyragh (Chloichrí meaning cliffs) Valley along theNorth East side of Benbulben, level walk at first along a bog roadto the base of the cliffs and then a steep ascent to Slievemore (466 meters).The walk then veers East for 2km across open moorland tothe Barytes Mines at Carbury. After exploring the old mines and lunch,the walk goes directly South to the top of Tormore and turns left alongthe cliff top of Glencar escarpment, one of the finest cliff walks in Ireland.There are stunning views of Glencar lake below and the Castlegal rangeof mountains to the South. The walk continues for another 3 km along the escarpment passing the top of Sruth in Aghaidh an Aird (meaning "stream against the height", also known as The Devil's Chimney) to the Doneens Trail, then descends via a meandering tarred bog road to the Tea Shed café which is located beside the spectacular Glencar Waterfall.


Duration: 11.30am to 4pm approx. Distance 10km approx,




Sun. 12th April. Long Walk. Tea Shed, Glencar to Truskmore and returning by same route.


Walk starts at the Glencar Waterfall carpark and follows the Cumeen’s Trailwhich is a bog road which ascends to the top of Glencar Valley escarpment.The ascent is steady but steep. Cumeen’s Trail ends at Largandoon – Height 360 meters (The Hill of the Fort) and leads into wild remote open moorland.The walk continues for a further 1.5km to connect up with the service road for the Truskmore TV transmitter station (this transmitter opened on 1st February 1962, the second of the original five main Telefis Éireann transmitters to go on air after Kippure). At this point there are fantastic views of Gleniff Horseshoe valley, Benwisken (Ben Uisce – the mountain of the wave or watermountain) and Donegal Bay. Here walkers turn sharp right and walk the tarred service road up to Truskmore transmitter. Truskmore is the highest point of Sligo/Leitrim at 647 meters. The main views from Truskmoreare Tievebaun to the North, Glenade valley to the East and Glencar valleyto the North. Walkers will then return to the Tea Shed for refreshments.


Duration: 10.30am to 4pm approx. Distance 10 – 12 km approx.



Sun. 12th April Medium Walk. Tea Shed café, Glencar Waterfall along theCumeens Trail then East to Tawnamachugh townland, and back again.



Walk starts at the Glencar Waterfall carpark and follows the Cumeen’s Trail, a bog road which ascends to the top of GlencarValley escarpment.The ascent is steady but steep. Cumeen’s Trail ends at Largandoon – Height360 meters (The Hill of the Fort) and leads into wild remote open moorland.At the top, walkers turn right and walk East along the lesser known cliffsof Glencar, through the townlands of Formoyle and Glasdrumman. Walkers then retrace their steps back to the Tea Shed for refreshments.

Duration; TBA  Distance TBA Height; TBA




Sunday 12th April. Ramble.



Walk starts at the Glencar Waterfall and follows the Cumeen’s Trail, a bog road which ascends to the top of Glencar Valley escarpment.There is a climb at the start but pace will be easy. Enjoy fabulous views over to Knocknarea enroute. We'll stop for a cuppa at the half way mark, then go off road for a while through wild heather and return via Hudson's Rd. You will be treated to the most incredible views over Sligo Bay, Truskmore, Leanne, the Leitrim Hills and Glencar Lake & Valley. There will be a gradual ascent and descent on the walk with regular breaks to enjoy the scenery. We will take you over wild bog and heather for about 30 mins.



Duration of ramble 2 - 2.5 hours approx Distance 7 km approx Height 270 m





Conditions for Participation in Walks





Local landowners grant permission for these walks over their land on condition that they will not be held liable in respect of any personal injury, loss or damage however caused to any walker and his/her property. All walkers are advised to arrange their own insurance.

Hill walking & rambling are activities which have a risk of injury or death. You are personally responsible for ensuring that you are fit and able to complete the walk(s) you have selected and
that you bring suitable equipment and provisions with you.Walks are weather dependent & may be changed without notice at the leader’s discretion. See Guidelines




All Walkers Please Note


Permission for access to land relates specifically and exclusively to the North Leitrim Glens Walking Festival and does not permit similar walks by any individual or group at any other time.Walkers who abuse this make it increasingly difficult for us to arrange Festival walks with local landowners.


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The Holey Soles Hill Walking Club operates a Leave No Trace policy in order to care for the hills.