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“Delightfully tranquil stroll through the forest”

Blanemore Forest Walk
Reviewed 26 July 2017

Take your wellies. The walk is damp underfoot in parts, and not suitable for wheelchair access. The starting point is two miles from the main R315 along a single track road, around half of which is untarred, but an easy drive. It is Mayo - it may well rain - take a coat. Refreshments are available at Mitchell's in Moygownagh.

The walk is well way-marked with a series of information boards at points of interest - be sure to read both sides of the boards! To supplement this guidance there is a very good free app available for smartphones through which the very enthusiastic Liam Alex Heffron offers audio or video explanation of what may be seen. Mobile reception was fine for accessing the app throughout the walk.

I feel there are two distinct angles from which to approach this stroll. It offers a very pleasant nature ramble through largely coniferous woodland. There are a wide range of wild flowers to be seen, including some quite impressive orchids and bull-rushes. The other significant feature is the archaeology. North Mayo is richly furnished with megalithic remains, and this route is designed to reveal some fascinating examples. Many visitors will go to Céide Fields and view the remains of prehistoric field systems - more may be seen at Blanemore. There is a particularly pleasing example of a bronze age standing stone which marks a change of pace in the walk. Good examples of court tombs are revealed, while it is suggested that a stone alignment is associated with the winter solstice at nearby Nephin ( unfortunately not visible due to tree cover at present). The app commentary is particularly valuable in explaining these features.

Our visit was on a slowly drying afternoon following a wet morning in Late July - we didn't see a single soul. There are several benches around the route where one may enjoy the peace. It is well worth pausing at Lough Naweela, about one-third of the way round, although I suspect that on some days the midges may suggest otherwise.

This venture is still very new - I really hope that the resources are found to maintain the walk over the coming years, and that it does not vanish into the undergrowth like other local features such as the Tír Sáile sculpture trail. I'm sure there are more ancient treasures still to be revealed beneath the forest and bog.

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

This is a 5km walk over a gravel paths and a rubber mat covered boardwalk (which the kids loved) snaking it's way through the trees and ancient monuments. With no cars or traffic and in the solitude of the North Mayo uplands this is an ideal nature walk. But that's not all. The local community have developed an archaeological trail around 6000 year old tombs with eerie standing stones and celestial stone rows. Information displays are located around the trail and now you can download a free smartphone app to guide you along. The view of the silent Lake Naweela caps off a really invigorating and interesting walk.

Date of experience: April 2017
3  Thank Averiti
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Reviewed 30 April 2017

Blanemore Forest Archaeological Walk is located a couple of miles from the village of Moygownagh in County Mayo, Ireland. It a walk mostly on local roads & matted trails that inter weave through historic sites from Iron & Bronze ages. At the center of the forest is the secluded Lake Naweela, which in itself is a picturesque feature.

The Archaeological sites vary from the remains of court tombs, to four stones celestially aligned with the local mountain of Nephin which shows how ancestors of long ago were in tune with the delicate synchronization of the earth & the heavens above.

Blanemore Forest Archaeological Walk is not far from other historical places along the Wild Atlantic Way and is well worth a visit.

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank Mike Kinsella P
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Reviewed 20 October 2016

Thus is a walk (mostly on pathways but also on a boardwalk) though the secluded Blanemore forest which is set on a hill overlooking the wild boglands of North Mayo. The 4.7km signposted walk is among the most ancient monuments in Ireland from the first settlers of just after 4000BC to the Bronze Age. Aside from the stone tombs, standing stones and stone row visit eerie Lough Naweela and explore the quiet treks surrounded by Birds, woodland animals and occasional red deer.
Strongly recommended to bring a guidebook from website or in local shops.
Bit difficult to find off main road as the county council not got round to erecting signs to it as yet. Also on those wet windless days make sure to bring 'midge' insect repellent!!!

Date of experience: September 2016
1  Thank Averiti
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