NAVIGATION

Cuilcagh Way

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Cuilcagh Summit and Lough Atona

The Cuilcagh Way is a waymarked route that stretches for 33km through a breath taking patchwork of habitats in southern Fermanagh. The route can be walked in sections and provides stunning views, fascinating geology, mystifying wildlife, captivating archaeology and natural history: enough to whet anyone’s appetite for adventure.

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Please be aware:

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 112 and ask for Mountain Rescue.

Leave No Trace – In order to protect the pristine nature of the Cuilcagh Mountain Landscape, we would ask that you take away all your litter and belongings.  We would also notify you that dogs, quads, bicycles, camping and fires are prohibited on all sections of the Cuilcagh Way.

Events – For safety, conservation and insurance reasons walk leaders and event organisers are not permitted to organise, advise or run an event of any nature in, or along any section of the Cuilcagh Way, where participants exceed 20, without prior written consent from the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark.  Application forms are available from the Geopark and should be submit well in advance of planned walks or events. Click on the link to download additional Information for Walking Event organisers  and a Risk Assessment Template.

Distance: 2.6 km                                  Time: 1 hours

Grade: Easy                                           Terrain: Pathway, boardwalk, steps

Route: Linear                                       Wheelchair Friendly: No

Facilities: Car parking, on site interpretation.

Map: Discoverer Series OSNI Sheet 26

For more information and maps click here.

Bluebells in Cladagh Glen

Bluebells in Cladagh Glen

The Cuilcagh Way begins in the car park at Cladagh Bridge. Cross the stone stile or pass through the wooden gate and follow the wide stone path into Cladagh Glen. Go through the next wooden kissing gate to enter Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark. The path follows the Cladagh River taking you to a series of steep wooden steps to the left of the arch after which the caves are named. At the top of the wooden steps (121 in total) is a concrete path, which leads you through two kissing gates to Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre.

 

Section 2: Cuilcagh Legnabrocky Trail

Distance: 7.4 km (14.8km round trip)        Time: 3 hours (6 hours round trip)

Grade: Difficult                  Terrain: Gravel Track, Boardwalk, Steps and Rough Mountain Path

Route: Linear                                                    Wheelchair Friendly: No

Facilities: Car parking, on site interpretation, picnic area.

Map: Discoverer Series OSNI Sheet 26

Dogs: No Dogs Allowed

For more information and maps click here.

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Cuilcagh Mountain Boardwalk

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

Section 3: Cuilcagh Hikers Trail

Distance: 9 km (18km round trip)               Time: 3 hours (6 hours round trip)

Grade: Difficult              Terrain: Gravel Track, Boardwalk, Steps and Rough Mountain Path

Route: Linear                                                    Wheelchair Friendly: No

Facilities: Car parking, on site interpretation, picnic area.

Map: Discoverer Series OSNI Sheet 26

Dogs: No Dogs Allowed

For more information and maps click here.

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Cuilcagh Blanket Bog

The Cuilcagh Hiker’s Trail is a way marked linear route that will appeal to experienced walkers who enjoy spectacular views and are interested in undertaking a vigorous, challenging walk in the wilderness. The terrain consists of a mountain path so some parts of the route can be very wet and boggy, particularly after a rainy period. Due to the often challenging weather conditions on Cuilcagh Mountain, careful planning, constant vigilance and good navigation are required all year round.

The trail is a richly varied one in terms of topography and features, and includes walking over a glacial landscape in a mountainous environment passing by dry valleys, limestone pavement, mountain rivers and sandstone outcrops. This area is also managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds so keep alert for signs of the rare Golden Plover nesting in the area. As the route begins on the mountain there is no significant climb until the steep and vigorous 300metre scramble up the mountain face through rocky outcrops. Arriving on the summit you can’t miss the ancient cairn (the remains of a burial mound dating from the Bronze Age 2,500 – 500 BC). The summit provides a great vantage point to view the picturesque lowlands of County Fermanagh and Cavan and on an exceptionally clear day you can see both the Irish Sea and the Atlantic Ocean along with several surrounding counties.

Section 4: Leggacurragh Valley Trail

Distance: 6.8 km (13.6km round trip)        Time: 2 hours (4 hours round trip)

Grade: Difficult                                                  Terrain: Forest Road, gravel path, open bog

Route: Linear                                                     Wheelchair Friendly: No

Facilities: Car parking, on site interpretation, picnic area.

Map: Discoverer Series OSNI Sheet 26

Dogs: No Dogs Allowed

For more information and maps click here.

Legacurragh Valley

Legacurragh Valley

This route begins in a mountain area so careful planning, constant vigilance and good navigation are required all year round. The route has a wealth of interest in terms of landscapes and heritage, and involves walking through open moorland which is buzzing with nature as well as long stretches along shady woodland paths to discover tranquil rivers, a diversity of flowers and rustic farm ruins. The trail meanders frequently through ever changing scenery which is relatively flat with no severe climbs but some gradual descents. It offers a great escape through charming landscapes with potential for a glimpse of red squirrels, pine martens, deer and butterflies along the way. Walk Highlight Attractions along the trail include Florence Court House and Gardens which was the former home of the Earls of Enniskillen. The 18th Century house is set in a dramatic forest setting overlooked by Benaughlin Mountain, looming in the east with its dark green forested flanks rising to 373 metres.

Section 5: Florencecourt Forest Trail

Distance: 7.2 km (14.4km round trip)        Time: 2 hours (4 hours round trip)

Grade: Difficult                                                 Terrain: Forest Road, public road, open bog and grassland

Route: Linear                                                    Wheelchair Friendly: No

Facilities: Car parking, on site interpretation, picnic area (available at Marble Arch Caves)

Map: Discoverer Series OSNI Sheet 26

Dogs: No Dogs Allowed

For more information and maps click here.

Gortmaconnell Rock

Gortmaconnell Rock

When starting your walk from the carpark (Florencecourt Court Visitor Centre car park 1: National Trust charge entrance to this carpark) follow the Florence Court waymarked red trail, for the next few kilometres it takes you along narrow tracks which twist and turn and undulating course past mixed deciduous woodland crossing the Larganess River in several places. As you reach the edge of the forest you will pick up the trail sign for the Cuilcagh Way (Florence Court Forest Trail). It weaves its way through forests alive with a wide variety of wildlife, birds and plants before sauntering around the foothills of the Marlbank karst region, (an area of limestone with characteristic weathering both above and below ground.)

Added to these surrounding are corridors of lofty trees, dynamic rivers, rambling stone field walls, a rich treasury of wild flowers and a unique density of rustic farmsteads. The terrain consists of forestry tracks, field paths, moorland paths and country road. There are no significant climbs but along the western section of the trek there are some splendid views of Cuilcagh Mountain and the surrounding Marlbank hills. Attractions along the way include Gortmaconnell rock a knoll-shaped hill rising out of the green meadows with its craggy white slopes stark in the sunlight.

For more information on the Cuilcagh Way long distance walking route click here.