Black Mountain, Ravensdale, Co Louth
This walk is ideal to experience the stunning hillside colours in one of the Cooley peninsula’s most beautiful valleys. Follow the lane uphill and veer right following signs for Caraban Mass Rock. Around 350m further at a bend, veer left and cross a small concrete bridge. Follow an old access path used by herring sellers to reach Cadger’s Bridge. A grassy track leads uphill to an area of standing stones on a grassy shoulder. This is where the AllIreland Poc Fada — a competition where participants puck a sliotar with a hurley over a course of 5km — begins. Continue uphill here to reach Ben Rock and finally the transmission mast-decorated top of Black Mountain (508m).
At a small lay-by along the L30906 where there is space for four cars
Exit the M1 (Junction 18) for Carlingford. At the roundabout, take the fourth exit onto the N52. Take the first exit at the next two roundabouts. After around 4.2km, the road veers right to reach a T-junction. Turn right onto the R174 and after around 1.5km reach the L30906 (a narrow lane) on the left. Moderate
6km/3hr Compass, waterproofs and good boots; OSI Discovery Series Map Sheet 36
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Pub grub, cuppa or a pint at Lumpers Bar in Ballymakellet (around 2.5km further southeast along the R174).