Mayo - A Walkers Paradise
County Mayo is a walkers paradise with numerous walking routes all over the County from short strolls along well maintained paths to more adventurous climbs across the area. The area has some of the most scenic views in the country and welcomes walkers with open arms.
After a 2 week quarantine my first outing was a guided walk with the popular Foxford Ramblers who meet most Sundays to explore different parts of Mayo. This weeks expedition was to Mulranny to tackle Claggan Mountain North East which is accessed from the Greenway at the side of Nevins Pub on the N59. The walk was led by Beth who was an excellent guide. This particular walk had been advertised as a tough 6 hour walk and it lived up to its description. The group made several stops to take in the breath taking views overlooking Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick during the ascent, you even got views of Achill and Clare Island. At the summit there were great views overlooking Ballycroy National Park and the secret lakes on top of the mountain. The descent was a lot quicker than the climb but it needed to be. You need to be fit to tackle this walk and go with someone who knows the route as there are no paths as such on the mountain only on the approach. As with most mountains in Mayo it is quite boggy but on the day we climbed it, the weather had been dry for a few days. Long trousers are recommended on these routes to stop any midges bitting you and strong walking boots. The group are great company and very welcoming, see their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Foxford-Ramblers-Walking-Club-122397411143251/ for full details of their walks.
A full list of all the walks in Mayo are listed on www.mayo.ie