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Leitrim Landscapes Guided Walks 2013:
July 13th Fowleys Falls extension launch:
The Organic Centre, Rossinver, Co. Leitrim
This is part of Rossinver/Garrison Heritage weekend. Join the three Leitrim Landscapes Guided walks guides to view the extension to the fabulous Fowley’s Falls walk by the shore of the Glenaniff River. Meet at the Organic Centre and proceed to the start of the walk at the nearby Glenaniff River. Follow the grassy path through the meadows past some possible archaeological sites and picturesque cottage ruins into the forested part of the valley. Our expert guides will introduce you to the flora and fauna of the area. Walk is not strenuous and is stop/start by nature and approximately one hour duration. This walk is free
July 14th Garrison Heritage Walk:
Rusheen Park, Garrison 1pm
This is part of the Rossinver/Garrison Heritage Festival. This will be a short walk in Rusheen park and Roogagh Falls finishing with a town walk. Leitrim Landscape Guided Walks guides will help you to renew your interest in the local lakeside flora and fauna followed by a stroll through the wooded glade of the Roogagh river. Keep an eye out and you might even find a mushroom. Walk is not strenuous and is stop/start by nature and approximately one hour duration. This walk is free
Woodrow Sustainable Solutions Ltd in con-junction with Leitrim Landscapes Guided Walks have compiled a range of exciting events for Heritage Week in Manorhamilton. These walks are free to the public and are funded by Leitrim Development company under the LEADER programme. here’s what’s on offer:
Saturday 17th August 3.00-4.00 (approx) Canons & Bastions of Manorhamilton:
This is a great opportunity to discover the history and archaeology of Manorhamilton’s Starfort. Janie Crone and Tina Pommer will share their expertise with you on this quite unknown structure right under our noses on Church Lane, Manorhamilton.
Meet at the Fire Station, Manorhamilton at 2.45
Sunday 18th August 1-3 (approx) Castles, Characters and Creatures :
Celebrate our heritage by having an interactive Castle tour with a difference with the Dalys and unusual guests from the past, a guided town walk with historian Margaret Connolly and Leitrim Landscapes Guided Walks guides Rob and Tina will introduce you to neighbours of the flora and fauna variety you never knew you had. Visit sites such as the famine graveyard, star fort, old graveyard and the old millwheel which serviced the town. You can join or leave the walk at any stage.
Meet Manorhamilton Castle 12.45
Tuesday 20th August: 3.30–5pm (approx.) Tina’s Teenage Tour of Terror:
Join local guide Tina Pommer at Hamilton’s Castle, walk down Castle Street talking of past and present cultural and environmental problems and challenges. Continue along Teapot Lane, which must be the street with the most changes of names in the world, onto the old school, church, and waste ground. Hear the history and stories associated with these places and indeed why not add your own story!
Meet at Manorhamilton Castle at 3.15
Tuesday 20th August: 8-9pm (approx.) Wildlife Sunset Walk:
Discover the variety of bats, moths and other wildlife that appear in the evening and can be found around us in Manorhamilton. Led by David McNicholas and Rob Wheeldon, we’ll look out for the unusual Daubenton’s bat that feed on insects along the Owenbeg River and any other bats around. We might also find some interesting moths in the area.
Meet at Manorhamilton Castle 7.45pm
Friday 23 August: 3-4.45 pm (approx.) Birds, Bees & other Bugs: Milltown Wood.:
Starting out from Manorhamilton Castle, join Rob Wheeldon on a walk along the Bonet river valley nearby at Milltown wood. Here we’ll look out for the birds, butterflies, bumblebees and dragonflies that make their home in the native woodland and flowering plants. We might see species of birds such as the blackcap, jay dipper and insects including the silver-washed fritillary - Ireland’s largest butterfly.
Meet as Manorhamilton Castle 2.45
Aug 25th Romance, Reminiscences & Rare Mushrooms
Glenfarne, Co. Leitrim 11am
Hear the history of the Ballroom of Romance and Glenfarne Railway station. Forage through Glenfarne demesne for mushrooms such as charcoal burner, orange milkcap and maybe even a chanterelle or two. Enjoy the fabulous views on this lakeside forest trek and some of the artwork on Mcnean sculpture trail.
Walk 3-4 hours and not strenuous. Cost E25 adults, children half price.
Sep 8th Fun Fungus Forage at Fowley’s Falls:
Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim 11am
Join us for a mushroom forage along the Glenaniff river in Rossinver. Indulge your hunting skills and enjoy the extraordinary waterfalls in this limestone valley. Amongst the hazel and conifer forest you will discover mushrooms such as birch bolete and orange milkcap. Spot the insect inhabitants of the forest floor including the fungus gnat who’ll be on the same mission as you! The duration of this walk is approximately 3-4 hours. Cost E25 adults, children half price.
Sep 10th Lurganboy Forest Walk:
Meet at Hamilton’s Castle, Manorhamilton 10am
Leaving Manorhamilton, the walk will take us to Cranny Wood in Lurganboy and across Shanvaus hill affording stunning views of Benbo and Glencar Valley. The difference in geological formations is easily visible in this area. We will pass through Lurganboy village with its historical church and battle site into Milltown Wood along the river Bonet where we will look at a range of plants and wildlife. The duration of this walk is approximately 3 hours. Cost E20 adults, children half price.
Sep 12th Tullyskeherney Archaeology Site:
Meet Hamilton’s Castle 10am
Enter the magical world of archaeology and walk through the ritual Neolithic/bronze age landscape of the Tullyskeherney plateau. The views are stunning and the geology very interesting. Walking through this landscape it’s easy to see why our ancestors found it so spiritual. A typical upland flora & fauna with a burren, bog & rough upland pasture. Finish the walk with a stroll through the forest on the Leitrim Way. The duration of this walk is approximately 3 hours. Cost E20 adults, children half price.
Oct 6th National Trails Day:
Leitrim Landscapes Guided Walks guides will hold a 2 hour ramble, donations welcome to Warmi Huasi Peruvian Women’s & Children’s health project. Location to be confirmed
Oct 12th & 13th Killegar Mushroom Festival TBC:
Killegar House, Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim
Leitrim Landscapes Guided Walks will have a stand and mushroom walks together with other mycology experts, see details on: http://www.killegar.net/html/killegar_mushroom_festival.html
Local guides Tina Pommer, Nuala McNulty and Rob Wheeldon ae eco-tourism trained and incorporate Leave No Trace principles and have a rich knowledge of the area, its history folklore, flora and fauna specialising in archaeology, bird, moth and butterfly identification. Leitrim Landscapes Guided Walks are based in Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim. We can bring a group to a destination of your choice.
Discount for groups of 5 or more. Group rates available. Tailor made walks on request. Accommodation packages available on request.
Contact Nuala on:
E mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Mob: 087 9172143 Landline: 071 9820083
Suggested Walks with Leitrim Landscapes Guided Walks:
Forage for mushrooms & wild edibles in Glenfarne Forest, by the shores of Lough Macnean. Walk in Lurganboy forest in Spring surrounded by bluebells and primroses. Climb Tullyskerney and visit a Neolithic to Medieval archaeology site with spectacular views of the countryside. Immerse yourself in the natural environment in this wonderful location.
Join Tina and Nuala, your guides who will give you the history, folklore, natural history and lots of information on biodiversity. On your foraging walks we will give you cooking and health tips for your forage so you can go home and try out your finds. Both being from the area, we can tell you the local stories such as the one about the Dobarchu (water dog) at Glenade lake or Diarmuid & Grainnes bed in Ballintrillick and we can even make up a few as we go along.
Nuala was born about 500m from Tawnylust Lodge and is an avid hillwalker, she has been involved in tourism and eco-tourism in the region since she could crawl!
Tina, living in Manorhamilton for over 20 years is an archaeologist and wildlife expert. Tinas passion for nature and heritage is evident in her enthusiam for the subject. She is particularly experienced in mushroom and fruit foraging and can be found any day tramping the hills of North Leitrim with something tasty stashed in her rucksack or pocket!
These are just a taste of some of the activities on offer on a Leitrim Landscapes weekend
Upcoming Leitrim Landscapes Events
Flora, Fauna, Foraging & Archaeology walks 2013
Welcome Spring! Discover bluebell, stitchwort and primrose at Lurganboy forest. One needn`t forgo a bit of foraging as the wild garlic reintroduces its tasty leaves into the forest carpet.
Dung beetles scuttle across the paths and frogs lay their eggs in the little streams.
This walk is on pathways and very gentle.
Mid May and the forest canopy in Lurganboy slowly closes. The walk leads through speckled shade across the beautiful river Bonet bridge. The spring flowers are in full bloom. Cow’s parsley and ramson flavour the air and hover flies, bumble bees and dragonflies make their appearance.
On this walk we explore the diversity of the local lowland forest and, as always, look for edibles. This is easy walking. Dogs allowed
Midsummer: Boulders & Berries!
Blueberry picking at Lough McNean forest park. One of the most stunning lakes in the area where blueberry bushes flourish and we’ve all the time in the world to pick them. Discover beautiful flora and you might even spot the magical white goat. The park is part of the Leitrim Sculpture Trail with art work at Ladies Rest, the boat pier and other locations. This is an easy walk and suitable for children. Dogs allowed too.
June 21st Solstice Celebrations!
Summer Solstice walk on Tullyskeherney. Meet at Manorhamilton Castle at 9.30pm. Walk to Tullyskeherney archaeology site. Watch the sunset at this fantastic Neolithic site. Experience the sites of our ancestors and imagine how they viewed the same sun over the centuries. 3 hour walk €10
Autumn: Fun Fungus Forage!
Mushroom foraging and scenic walk at Skreeny. Once a major highway into Manorhamilton this forgotten little boirìn is lined with large beech trees and leads up over the Rossinver pass. We follow it and forage among the trees for mushrooms. The amethyst deceiver is plentiful and sometimes the charcoal burner too.
The views from the top are stunning and the surrounding forest supports a family of hen harriers. The walk is of medium difficulty and suitable for older children. Dogs allowed too.
Foraging and nature walk at Benbo. This walk is for the fit and adventurous. It gives the unique opportunity to explore a natural forest with a rich fungi population.
A real treat for the mushroom connoisseur.. There are rare specimens like the beige chanterelle and the white birch bolete as well as larch bolete, amethyst deceiver and the infamous blusher.
The forest is dotted with interesting wildlife including the common lizard, quail, pheasant and goshawk. Buzzards have also been seen.
All Year: Tombs & Tales!
Archeological walk at Tullyskeherney. This walk brings us up a natural plateau with limestone karst and bog over sandstone. It contains a rare coherent late Neolithic/early Bronze Age landscape, the only twin court tomb in Ireland and a 56 meter ritual circle
The walk up to the plateau is steep but can be avoided if necessary. Suitable for children. Sorry, no dogs allowed.
Romance & Reminiscences
Hear the history of the Ballroom of Romance and Glenfarne Railway station. Walk through Glenfarne demesne and enjoy the changing seasons on this lakeside forest trek
Local guides Tina Pommer and Nuala McNulty and Rob Wheeldon have been bringing people to ‘off the beaten track’ places since 2006. Having trained in archaeology, foraging and eco-tourism, care of the guest and respect for, and enjoyment of the environment is foremost in our approach.
Other locations for walks include: Carrowkeel, Knocknarea, Cavan Burren, Corry Mountain, Glencar Waterfall & surrounds. We can also do a walk of your choice. You tell us what you want and Tina, Nuala and Rob will make it happen!
Prices are: €25/day, €40/2days based on 3-4 hours walk, shorter walks available, children half price. Discount for groups of 5 or over. Group rates available. Price including accommodation available on request. Walks can be tailor made to suit groups. Hillwalkers catered for on a hill of your choice.
Pre Booking essential, contact Nuala at: