Derryclare Horseshoe (March 2010)
This magnificent and challenging walk in the Twelve Bens mountain range in The Lough Inagh Valley reveals the rugged beauty of
Connemara in all is splendor. The 6-7 hour horseshoe climb encompasses a number of peaks including Ben Lettery (516m), Glengower (664m), Benbreen (691m), Bencorr (711m) and Derryclare (650m).
Last Sunday (21 March, 2010) I completed this highly enjoyable climb with the Clare Outdoor Club. The initial part of the climb is along a gravel road through forested land for about 20 minutes after which the rocky steep ascent towards Ben Lettery commences. This part of the walk involves some scrambling which adds to the sense of achievement upon reaching the summit. As this point the landscape opens up on all sides with wonderful views of lakes, valleys, coastline and other mountain peaks on all sides. Mweelrea (
Connaught’s highest mountain) is clearly visible. The needs to be viewed from here to appreciate its true beauty. Lough Inagh Valley
The beautiful rocky terrain continues for the remainder of the climb towards Derryclare. The peaks of Glengower, Benbreen and Bencorr and the scenic valleys between them all offer great opportunities for photos and breathtaking views.
The descent from Derryclare is quite slippery and boggy in places and walking poles come in very useful. We stopped in The Forge restaurant in Moycullen on route back to Ennis for a tasty and well earned dinner. In all a highly enjoyable day