Mass Path/River Walk

Trail description

The trail derives this name from its use as a Mass path during penal times and later as a shortcut to the local Church. It starts at the 4 Elms bar, down the public road to an entrance into a privately owned plantation. A viewing point here shows green fields surrounded by forest in the background. A path leads to the Smearlagh river where a sharp bend gives a fine view of the river in all directions. Distinctive vegetation here is clumps of broom. A grove of ash on one side of the river and beech on the other provides perfect biological diversity. The trail continues by the river to a footbridge  where you have a choice of continuing by the river or cross over to the Church of the Sacred Heart and on to the public road. If you continue by the river you walk 1000 meters where you see waterfalls, a man made weir , a gravel river bed and vegetation of sallies, ash and brambles  providing the perfect spawning ground for salmon and trout. The trail exits the forest at the sports field and goes along the public road. Take a right at the post office and go back by the edge of the forest to the car park and picnic site. Here you can sit and gaze at the mural of  Matt Dillane's vision and contemplate on the turf industry that was on these hills in bygone years. Continue on to the church, back over the river by the footbridge and return by the river bank, then up through the forest to the 4 Elms once more.

Trail Name: Mass Path/River Walk
Recreation Site: Lyracrumpane  [view site]
Trail Start Point: 4 Elms Bar
Length:4.3 km
Time: 1.5 hrs
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate   View Trail Grade Definitions
Metres Climb: 60
Attributes: Loop Trail (Returns to Starting Point)
Finish Point: 4 Elms Bar
Trail Way marking:green