Work starts on a new walk­ing trail to fin­ish Knocknarea loop

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

THE old and the new Queen Maeve hik­ing trails on Knocknarea are set to be con­nected by a new loop trail next year.

When open, the new loop trail will al­low hik­ers to turn left at the top of the sec­tion of the new Queen Maeve Trail op­po­site Sligo Rugby Club, walk around the north face of the moun­tain and con­nect up with the orig­i­nal old trail.

It will mean climbers can go up the new Queen Maeve trail, down the old trail and back around the loop to wher­ever they started or vice versa.

100me­tres has been laid down so far but Sligo County Coun­cil is keen to stress to the pub­lic how­ever that the walk will not be opened be­fore next Spring at the ear­li­est. Any at­tempts to walk the trail be­fore then are unau­tho­rised.

State Forestry com­pany Coillte has been the driv­ing force be­hind the trail, with Sligo County Coun­cil and Sligo row­ing in be­hind to sup­port the de­vel­op­ment of the new loop.

Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal work along the route has been com­pleted with noth­ing ma­jor found apart from some ma­te­rial from the ne­olithic or me­galitic pe­riod re­cov­ered.

It was de­cided to fur­ther de­velop a loop trail on Knocknarea af­ter the new Queen Maeve walk­ing trail took off and be­came the most suc­cess­ful walk­ing trail in the county.

De­vel­op­ment of new loop trail on Knocknarea.

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