Gortnaclohy Loop

  • Gortnaclohy Loop

This walk above the village of Ashford gives some fabulous views extending over Co. Limerick and into counties Clare and Tipperary.

The first section leads you into the historic Cobs road (steep) which in the past was a Mass path leading people to their Church ceremony and children to school. After this relatively short climb you reach the main road at Point B.

As you walk downhill from here admire the spectacular views laid out before you. The winding road leads you to the Mass Rock where people gathered in secret to attend Mass in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Continuing downhill watch for the entrance on the left which will lead you into a forestry track. This track leads you on an uphill climb between the trees until you reach a forestry roadway. Go right leading you to a road junction where you go left at Point C. From here follow the green arrows which will bring you back to the entrance to the Cobs road on your right at Point B.

Return to the trailhead in Ashford.

Distance: 8 km

Start/End: Ashford Village, Co Limerick

Difficulty: Strenuous

Trail Guide: Download the Gortnaclohy Loop guide here

This is a physically demanding trail which has some sections with steep climbs and the going underfoot can be extremely rough. Suitable for users accustomed to walking on rough ground and with a high level of fitness. Specific outdoor walking footwear and clothing required.

Newcastle West

Broadford-Ashford Walking Trails, Ashford, Co. Limerick

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