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Where:

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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Re­fuel:

Pub grub, cuppa or a pint at Lumpers Bar in Bal­ly­makel­let (around 2.5km fur­ther south­east along the R174).

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