Moygownagh Loop Walk (15km)
Using the RED arrows walkers may experience the unique beauty of the 15km Moygownagh Walk, which begins near St. Cormac's church in the village. 6,000 years of history unfolds itself on this trail, as we gradually travel west from green drumlin belt farms of the Moy-Valley to the blanket bogs of North-West Mayo, via Blanemore Forest on a ridge that overlooks the ancient pine forests of the Bronze age, which lie preserved as “bog-deal” logs in the cut-away bog. Blanemore Forest Walk is part of this loop walk, with specially laid rubber matted boardwalks and information signs beckon the exploration of the sacred tombs and field walls of our first Neolithic farmers. Visitors may walk among the mysterious standing stones of the bronze age and sit with the brooding dark beauty of Lough Naweela. Returning back towards the village you pass through the south gate of the forest, and for 4km walk through the Forrew Bog national heritage area (NHA) – one of the good examples of a lowland blanket bog considered an extreme hyperoceanic variant of the habitat type, found almost nowhere else in the world. Continuing on you will walk into the beautifully wooded country lane that skirts a former landlord estate. Please be advised that this a private property so keep to the signposted walk, do not leave the public road nor enter the grounds of the estate. Continue along this ‘old boreen’ by following the red arrows which link back with main road to the village. The trail may be walked or cycled except for the boardwalk in Blanemore forest, (see Map below).
Trail Head Directions: Walk begins in the picturesque Moygownagh Village between St Cormac's church and Mitchell’s Centra Shop & Foodcourt. Follow the R315 road towards Ballycastle, passing the GAA Football Pitch and community centre. Take the first by-road (on left) after a distinctive ‘humpback’ bridge. Follow the RED ARROW signs.
Trailhead: 54.1607125, -9.3457038 - at St. Cormac's Church.
Terrain: Surface Road, Country Lanes, Forestry Road, Wooden Boardwalk & Steps and Gravel Path
Distance: 16km, Grade: Harder
Ascent: Highest point 60m gentle incline in Blanemore Forest. Duration: 3hrs – 3hrs30min
Minimum Gear: Walking – Treking Shoes and Rain-Gear, Snacks & Fluids, Guide Book
Services: Moygownagh Village – Shop, Toilets, Food Court, Visitor Information