Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail Walking Festival 2019

Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail Walking Festival takes place this year from 8th-10th March 2019. The entry is €20 a day or €50 over the 3 days. It is a great opportunity to see the amazing scenery of Mayo. Walks start each day at 8:30am sharp. Starting points are:

8th March – Corleys Pub Ballintubber

9th March – Aughagower Village

10th March – Murrish Carpark (Base of Croagh Patrick)

Full details below and find out more at http://www.croaghpatrickheritagetrail.com or email info@croaghpatrickheritagetrail.com

Also take a look at our post on Croagh Patrick itself here.

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See below exciting footage from last year’s Heritage Trail.

 

Route & Distance:

Friday 8th March – Balla to Ballintubber (18km)

8.30am Sharp – Meeting point at car park outside Corleys Pub Ballintubber across from The Abbey.

9am Registration Balla Community Centre. Tea/coffee refreshments provided.

9.30am Commence walk from Balla to Ballintubber (18km).

Refreshment stop – Tuffys Pub – Tea/coffee and sandwiches provided.

3pm – 5pm Finish day 1 in Corleys Pub Ballintubber.

Saturday 9th March – Ballintubber to Aghagower (27km)

8.30am Sharp – Meeting point Aughagower Village (rear of church). Transport to start.

9am Registration Corleys Pub Ballintubber. Tea/coffee refreshments provided.

9.30am Commence walk from Ballintubber to Aghagower (27km).

Refreshment stop – Killawalla – Tea/coffee and sandwiches provided.

3pm – 6pm Finish day 2 at Aughagower Village.

Sunday 10th March – Aghagower -Murrisk (19km)

8.30am Sharp – Meeting point Murrisk – Car park at base of Croagh Patrick. Transport to start.

9am Registration Aughagower Community Centre. Tea/coffee refreshments provided.

9.30am Commence walk from Aghagower -Murrisk (19km).

Refreshment stop – Brackloon – Tea/coffee and sandwiches provided.

3pm – 6pm Finish day 3 at Murrisk.

Refreshments provided each day.

Transport will be provided each morning to ferry walkers from the Meeting point to the Starting point. This means that your personal transport will be at the end of your destination on arrival each day. Register online. For more details call 094 9030687 or email info@croaghpatrickheritagetrail.com. You can also visit www.croaghpatrickheritagetrail.com for information.

Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail Walking Festival

Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail Walking Festival takes place this year from 9th-11th March. The entry is €20 a day or €50 over the 3 days. It is a great opportunity to see the amazing scenery of Mayo. Walks start each day at 8:30am sharp. Starting points are:

9th March – Corleys Pub Ballintubber

10th March – Aughagower Village

11th March – Murrish Carpark (Base of Croagh Patrick)

Full details below and find out more at http://www.croaghpatrickheritagetrail.com or email info@croaghpatrickheritagetrail.com

Also take a look at our post on Croagh Patrick itself here.

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Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail

Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail is a 60 km national way-marked walk which begins in the village of Balla in east Mayo and ends at the village of Murrisk at the foot of Croagh Patrick on the shores of Clew Bay. http://www.clogherheritage.com/cpht_dev/

If you are looking for a good opportunity to do this trail, the 9th Annual Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail Walking Festival on Weekend March 10th, 11th & 12th 2017.

All funds raised will go towards Mayo Roscommon Hospice. Register online at:

https://www.iregister.ie/…/e…/croagh-patrick-heritage-trail/

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Great Western Greenway (Westport to Achill)

This 42km Greenway from Westport to Achill (through Newport and Mulranny) offers a fantastic way to enjoy the Mayo countryside. This walk or cycle gives you the chance to enjoy amazing views of Clew Bay and the track is very well maintained (http://www.greenway.ie/index.html).trail

While we concentrate on walking and hiking at takeahike.ie, cycling is also highly recommended and bikes can be rented from a number of companies such as Clew Bay Bike Hire. The great thing is if you are based in Westport, they will shuttlebus you to Achill and you can cycle from Achill back to Westport (http://www.clewbaybikehire.ie/bikes/bike-packages/).

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Beachwalk: Bertra Beach – Mayo

Bertra Beach is a wide strand located about 12km (20 minutes drive) from Westport in County Mayo. The beach gives you a great view of Clew Bay, it’s ilands and drumlins. There is a carpark at Bertra Beach, location shown below.

As with many beaches in Ireland, even if the weather doesn’t suit for a dip into Clew Bay, you can also enjoy this lovely walk.

For more information on this beach, check out http://www.destinationwestport.com/places-to-visit/natural-beauty/beaches-ireland-mayo/

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Croagh Patrick

For anyone who enjoys hikes in Ireland, Croagh Patrick is a must-do. Famous for the pilgrimage walk that takes place on Reek Sunday every year, which is the last Sunday in July.  This attracts tens of thousands every year and many do the hike in their bare feet (although this is not advised, it can be challenging at times with a lot of loose rock and ground).The mountain is 764 meters (2,507 ft) high and on a clear day, you have a fantastic view of Clew Bay. There is a small chapel at the summit of the mountain.

For an average person, it would take about 2 hours to climb and a bit less to descend the mountain.

The start of the climb is about 8km outside of Westport. Westport is a great town so if you have a bit to travel, I recommend you book a place to stay in Westport.

There is a large car park at the base of Croagh Patrick (53.779618, -9.640008) although it can be busy during the peak season.  The location of the car park is shown below along with some photos, enjoy the challenge!

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