Quality Walk

Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail

*PUBLIC NOTICE*

There is temporarily no access to the Cuilcagh Way beyond the end of the boardwalk for conservation reasons.

Section 2 of the Cuilcagh Way

The route will be temporarily closed at the end of the boardwalk to relieve pressure on the sensitive habitat in this area. Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark continues to work towards a long term solution with relevant authorities to conserve this fragile habitat while still allowing visitors to appreciate and enjoy this stunning landscape.

We ask visitors to keep to the designated path and to turn at the end of the boardwalk. The habitat in this area is fragile and we kindly request that walkers respect the environment and do not stray from the designated route. Your cooperation with this is appreciated.

The route meanders through one of the largest expanses of blanket bog in Northern Ireland, traversing over farm tracks, boardwalk and mountain path. A steep climb is required to reach the 666 metre summit of Cuilcagh Mountain. Marked blue on the attached map. The route is linear and is 7.5 miles in length, there and back. The Cuilcagh Way is part of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark.

County

Fermanagh

Distance

7.5 miles

OS Map

Sheet 26 (1:50 000)

Nearest Town

Belcoo

Route Shape

Linear

Route Type

Mountain

Terrain

gravel track, boardwalk, bogland

Grid Reference (Start)

H121335

Grid Reference (End)

H123280

Point of Interest

Cuilcagh Mountain

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Fermanagh

Route Description

*PUBLIC NOTICE*

There is temporarily no access to the Cuilcagh Way beyond the end of the boardwalk for conservation reasons.

The route will be temporarily closed at the end of the boardwalk to relieve pressure on the sensitive habitat in this area. Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark continues to work towards a long term solution with relevant authorities to conserve this fragile habitat while still allowing visitors to appreciate and enjoy this stunning landscape.

We ask visitors to keep to the designated path and to turn at the end of the boardwalk. The habitat in this area is fragile and we kindly request that walkers respect the environment and do not stray from the designated route. Your cooperation with this is appreciated.

The Cuilcagh Way is a waymarked route that stretches for 33km through a breath taking patchwork of habitats in southern Fermanagh. The route can be walked in sections and provides stunning views, fascinating geology, mystifying wildlife, captivating archaeology and natural history: enough to whet anyone’s appetite for adventure. The Cuilcagh Legnagbrocky Trail is a linear route which will appeal to walkers with some experience walking in the hills. The route is quite isolated and showcases the scenic wilderness of Cuilcagh Mountain. The trail meanders along a quiet farmland track before traversing a wooden boardwalk that consists of a steady climb to the mountain face. Here a stepped boardwalk climbs through steep terrain and boulders fields before reaching the summit plateau. A rough mountain path negotiates the wild summit plateau for a few kilometres before reaching an ancient cairn (the remains of a burial mound dating from the Bronze Age 2,500 – 500 BC) that stands at 666 metres (2,182 ft) above sea level. The imposing mountain flanks of Cuilcagh give this walk a very atmospheric feeling providing breathing views, the most impressive view is of Lough Atona, a lake nestled at the foot of the mountain which was carved out by the glacier during the last Ice Age approximately 13,000 years ago

Please be aware:

• It is important to choose a route that suits everybody in your group. You are strongly recommended to walk Cuilcagh Mountain with OSNI or OSNI Discover Series map 1:50,000 Sheet 26 available in most shops and Visitor Information Centres.

• Weather conditions on Cuilcagh Mountain can be quick to change & inhospitable all year round making way finding difficult in poor visibility at any time of the year.

• Equip yourself for walking in a mountainous area, waterproof clothing, boots, spare clothing, map, compass, first aid, food, drink etc.

• Carry a map and stay to the way marked trail. Be aware that mobile reception in the area is poor. Let someone know where you have gone and when you are expected back.

• In an Emergency: call 999 or 101 and ask for Mountain Rescue.

Did You Know? The habitat on Cuilcagh Mountain is very sensitive to the footfall of walkers and the boardwalk was constructed to prevent walkers from damaging the protected blanket bog. It is important to stay to the designated path in order to protect this beautiful habitat for future generations.

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

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Getting to the Start (by Car)

Please note: There is a £5 car park charge to use the car park at the entrance to the Cuilcagh Mountain path. Alternative parking options are available at Killykeegan Nature Reserve & at the Marble Arch Caves.

Cuilcagh Legnabrocky Trail in the Cuilcagh Mountain Car Park, Marlbank Road.

(Follow the signs for the Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre from Enniskillen)
Take the A4 Sligo Road from Enniskillen. Turn left onto the A32 Swanlinbar Road. Turn right onto the Marble Arch road. Turn left, still following the signs for the Marble Arch visitor centre. Along this narrow road, there will be a sign on your left hand side for the Cuilcagh Mountain Park. This is where you should start your walk.

Dogs

Dogs are not allowed.

Accessibility Grade

Grade 5

Facilities

Facilities are available at the nearby Marble Arch Caves visitor centre and Florencecourt House.

Publication

Cuilcagh Way A Walker's Guide

Publication Availability

Available from Marble Arch Caves or Fermanagh Visitor Information Centre

Walk Location
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