Keel loopwalk.

Posted: January 28, 2015 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 0
Under: Loop walks, Walks

Mountain, track and river.

Starting point for tonight’s walk. Boolteens.
So far this last 7 days has been quite productive. Three good cycles and a family walk. The calender quickly comes around to Tuesday and the latest challenging night walk. This evening saw about 30 of us head back out onto the Dingle Peninsula, all be it the South side of the Slieve Mish Mountains and the Village of Boolteens, near Castlemaine.

Early on we had to deal with that light misty rain, the type that soaks right into you clothes. This was mainly due to the fact that we headed up towards the lower side of the Mountain. The initial road gave way to track followed by bog.  With our maximum elevation of 93 metres quickly reached it was downhill all the way. Or so I was hoping! Bog gave way to track and again to road. As we dropped so did the rain and we made good time down to the old road that leads to the one time ferry crossing over to Callanafersy near Killorglin. In days of old this ferry was popular with farmers taking live-stock to market in Killorglin and of course Puck Fair in early August.

A taste of the scenic Maine in day light hours.

River Maine

The trip back to Boolteens consisted mainly of walking on top of a dijk that protects the farm land from possible flooding from the River Maine. This was interesting at first but became heavy going and seeminly never ending to say the least. I must admit to sight of tarmac was joyous! To be fair this section of the walk would be a joy had it been a warm July afternoon. I was brought up close to a part of the River Mersey in England. This section reminded me of what it might of been like there 200 years ago before pollution and industrialization!

This whole walk is definitely something to consider on a warm summers day. For the winter, it’s a nice work out. Thanks again to Johnny Hoare for leading the walk. Despite a dodgy knee!

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