NAVIGATION

Cuilcagh Legnabrocky Trail – Open to the Public

The Cuilcagh Mountain trail is now open to the summit of the mountain from the car park at Legnabrocky about 1 km from the road entrance to Marble Arch Caves.  A new boardwalk protects the rare blanket bog from erosion caused by walkers in the Cuilcagh Mountain Special Area of Conservation.

The boardwalk was built recently with funding provided by the European Union through the INTERREG IVA Border Uplands Project managed by the Special European Union Programmes Body and the Irish Central Border Area Network.

Cuilcagh Legnabrocky Trail Walking Route Details:

Distance: 7.4 km

Time:   6 Hour

Terrain:  Gravel track, boardwalks & exposed mountain path.

Grade: Difficult

Total ascent: 550metres

A map of the walking route can be found by clicking Cuilcagh Legnabrocky Trail

The Cuilcagh Legnagbrocky Trail is a linear route which will appeal to walkers with some experience walking in the hills. The route is quite isolated and showcases the scenic wilderness of Cuilcagh Mountain. The trail meanders along a quiet farmland track before traversing a wooden boardwalk that consists of a steady climb to the mountain face. Here a stepped boardwalk climbs through steep terrain and boulders fields before reaching the summit plateau. A rough mountain path negotiates the wild summit plateau for a few kilometres before reaching an ancient cairn (the remains of a burial mound dating from the Bronze Age 2,500 – 500 BC) that stands at 666 metres (2,182 ft) above sea level.

The imposing mountain flanks of Cuilcagh give this walk a very atmospheric feeling providing breathing views, the most impressive view is of Lough Atona, a lake nestled at the foot of the mountain which was carved out by the glacier during the last Ice Age approximately 13,000 years ago.

Please be aware that:

  • It is important to choose a route that suits everybody in your group. You are strongly recommended to walk Cuilcagh Mountain with OSNI or OSNI Discover Series map 1:50,000 Sheet 26 available in most shops and Visitor Information Centres.
  • Weather conditions on Cuilcagh Mountain can be quick to change & inhospitable all year round making way finding difficult in poor visibility at any time of the year.
  • Equip yourself for walking in a mountainous area, waterproof clothing, boots, spare clothing, map, compass, first aid, food, drink etc.
  • Carry a map and stay to the way marked trail. Be aware that mobile reception in the area is poor. Let someone know where you have gone and when you are expected back.
  • In an Emergency: call 999 or 101 and ask for Mountain Rescue.

Events:

For safety, conservation and insurance reasons walk leaders and event organisers are not permitted to organise, advertise or run any event of any nature in or along any section of the Cuilcagh Way where the number of participants could exceed 20 participants without prior written consent from the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark. Relevant application forms are available from the Geopark and should be submitted well in advance of the planned walk or event. Permission, if granted may be subject to conditions and may not be granted on all occasions.

For further information or to request an application form please contact Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark on +44 (0) 2866 348855 or e-mail mac@fermanaghomagh.com

The Cuilcagh Legnabrocky Trail is one walk within the long distance Cuilcagh Waymarked Way, a 33km walking route encapsulating  Cuilcagh Mountain and its surrounding landscapes and townlands.

 

For additional information on Mountain  Safety and Guidance please visit the following websites:

North West Mountain Rescue: 

www.nwmrt.org/mountain-advice/

Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue:

http://www.sligoleitrimmrt.ie/news-2/mountain-advice/

Mountaineering Ireland:

www.mountaineering.ie/accessandenvironment/GoodPracticeGuide/default.aspx

 

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