Saturday, November 19, 2011
Burrishoole Loop Walk
Well, my walk today was not strictly on the Great Western Greenway but it never strayed more than a couple of kilometres from it. It was, in fact, a wonderful stretch of the legs around Burrishoole from the Community centre as far as the Lough Furnace Fishery and reasearch centre and back. Thankfully, the sun shone throughout the walk out of a deep bue sky, and there wasn't a breath of wind.
The walk is rewarding out of all proportion to the effort involved and leads up hills and down dales with wonderful vistas of Mayo hills including Nephin and Croagh Patrick, and a wonderful series of small lakes where an occasional wild 'brownie' surfaced and solitary rowan tree sentinels stood.
Then, it continues on past stands of rushes and woodland and roaring salmon rivers thundering their falls in abandon.
The whole is a feast for the eyes; mossy old walls, lichen-spattered walls, rich tapestries of hillside and woodland in maroons and purples and yellows.
Just do it, is all that I can say. I cannot recommend it highly enough, it's an absolute gem of a walk on a par with English Lake District scenery.
If you include a quick visit to the remains of Burrishoole Abbey you will double the pleasure. Little else compares.