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Fanore to Ballyvaughan Trek

Fanore to Ballyvaughan Trek is a fabulous walk which is mostly off road walk between Fanore and Ballyvaughan, taking you above the R477 on the old famine road around Blackhead.

The route takes you over Gleninagh mountain, into Feenagh Valley and up onto the shoulder of Capanwalla, where you can enjoy spectacular views over Galway Bay. The walk into Ballyvaughan is on quiet country roads, farmland, and through a magical Burren hazel woodland.

Directions:

A-B: Starting from the mapboard at Fanore Beach, exit from the car park and turn left following the brown arrow. The other coloured arrows are for looped walks that start and finish at the car park. Follow the road for over 1Km (passing a crossroads after 500m) to reach a junction with a sandy roadway on your right – turn right here. Follow this roadway uphill for 500m to reach a stone stile where you cross into a field and join the Green Road which takes you around Black Head. After 5Km, the loop turns right and uphill to join a well-worn path along a stone wall. Follow this path/wall for over 2Km to reach a mountain path at a stone stile and metal gate (on your left). Continue straight on here.

B-C: For the next 1Km the mountain path ascends steeply to reach a stone stile at Gleninagh Pass. Cross the stile, turn left, and follow the stone wall on your left for 500m to another stone stile. Follow the waymarkers carefully now as the loop veers right away from the stone wall and swings right to reach a metal gateway and join a sand roadway along the shoulder of Cappanawalla (on your Left). After 1.5Km the sand roadway descends to join a surfaced roadway in Feenagh Valley. After 1Km you reach a 3-way junction where (as the signpost indicates) a number of walking trails meet. You continue straight on here.

C-D: Now you follow the brown (and yellow) arrows along a minor roadway for 5Km to reach a junction with the N67. The yellow arrows are for the Burren Way – a long distance waymarked route which will overlap with your trek all the way to Ballyvaughan. At junction and 300m later watch for a stone stile on your left where you join with the Wood Loop which starts and finishes in Ballyvaughan. Turn left and Pass through the stile.

Now follow the boundary of a field and enter a woodland. Follow the woodland track as it zig-zags its way to reach a minor roadway at the Community Pitch. Follow the roadway on your left past the Primary School and join the N67 at the bridge – turn right and enjoy the short trek into Ballyvaughan.

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