The Glengarriff Nature Reserve is home to over 300 hectares of oak woodland and is a wonderful place to visit at any time of year. Each season shows a different aspect of the woods and it is equally as beautiful to visit in the first flush of spring as it is during the colourful palette of autumn. There are several clearly marked walks in the woods so there is a trail for every age, ability and fitness level. Depending on how much time you have and what your energy levels are, it is always rewarding to combine a few of the loops into a longer tailor-made walk.
The Esknamucky Trail
The Esknamucky Trail, which is a loop walk of just under 3km, is the most rugged of the trails as it winds its way up steeply through the woods.
Also known as the High Walk, there are many steps along the trail as the path threads up towards the top of the climb.
There are several scenic viewing points along the way which give panoramic views over the forest and to the mountains beyond.
The Esknamucky Trail is often combined with the shorter, but gorgeous, Waterfall Walk.
On a clear day, a walk to the Beacon of Baltimore is a great leg-stretcher which will reward you with exquisite views over Baltimore harbour and out to Sherkin Island and beyond.
You can park just out of the village near the brown sign for the Beacon and then walk up to the top car park (which has limited parking).
From there, there is a steep scramble to reach the top and so the walk is not buggy friendly and parents should be cautious of allowing their children to race ahead as there are unguarded cliffs.
The Beacon of Baltimore is one of the most iconic maritime landmarks in the area and was built as a series of warning systems all along the coast after the 1798 rebellion.
Baltimore’s history has been shaped by the sea and was once ransacked by Pirates in an attack known as the Sack of Baltimore. White and circular in shape and standing about 15m high,the beacon is known locally as ‘Lot’s Wife’.
Great news for all the boys and girls of West Cork and surrounding arears as Santa and Mrs Claus have let us know that they will be visiting us again this year and spending a few days on the beautiful Sheep’s Head Peninsula.
Santa and Mrs Claus are staying at The Alice West Centre, The Black Gate, Kilcrohane and are looking forward to meeting you all on the 12th and 13th December. Santa said he would love to meet all the good boys and girl and have a little chat with them and give them a pre-Christmas gift for being so good.
Follow our red nosed reindeers, along the shores of Dunmanus Bay. A big fire welcomes you as you come in the door, relax down beside it with a cup of tea or treat yourself to a glass of mulled wine. Soak up the children’s laughter and watch their faces as the relay the events of the evening and open the gifts. Visit the life size live crib, say hello to Holly and Ivy the goats and hear Ned sing along with the children. Free hot chocolate and marshmallows for all the kids. Buy a ticket for our big Christmas raffle and be in with a chance to win some fantastic prizes sponsored by local businesses.
This is the fifth year of this wonderful Christmas adventure run by the Muintir Bhaire Community Council. “There is a huge volunteer work force over the weekends leading up to, on the days and after. Without these people the Committee couldn’t run this weekend like this” says Annette Nicholas, Secretary of Muintir Bhaire Community Council.
So get ringing or e-mail to book your spot. booking is essential. So don’t miss out, cost is €15.00 per child, adults free. Contact Annette on 0831110983 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.