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Overview of the Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail
The Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail extends from the town of Balla in central Mayo, to the village of Murrisk at the base of Mayo’s holy mountain, Croagh Patrick. The trail is 61km in length and mainly at low level, but the walker should note that the trail does reach a high point of 310 metres around the foothills of Croagh Patrick.
The trail itself does not include the ascent to the summit of Croagh Patrick.
From the starting point in Balla, the trail passes through deciduous woodland and across rolling fields and raised bog. The trail also utilises boreens and ancient pathways as it makes its way through a number of picturesque villages towards its destination on the shores of Clew Bay.
The trail is at the heart of rural West Mayo, it includes outstanding heritage sites and many features of great natural beauty. Services such as accommodation, food & transport links are available along the route.
The trail can be walked in its entirety over a number of days, or if you prefer, you can walk a section as part of a one day walk. For more information contact www.mayowalks.ie or firstname.lastname@example.org
Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail at a Glance
Linear Trail Balla - Murisk
Theme: Waymarked Way (Yellow Walk)
Overall Total Distance: 61 km
Level Difficulty: Hard
Terrain: Woodland, Bog, Forestry, Fields, Boreens & Minor Roads. Mountain Tracks & Open Bog.
Minimum Gear: Trekking Boots, raingear, snacks & fluid. Camping Gear will also be required if the walker is intending to hike the trail over a number of days.
Map Reference: OS Discovery Sheet 31, 38 & 30.
Services: Services available at Balla, Clogher, Killavally, Aghagower & Murrisk.
Distance between Villages
Balla – Clogher 08 km
Clogher – Killavally 17 km
Killavally – Aghagower 16 km
Aghagower – Murrisk 20 km
The Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail was created by the Tóchar Valley Rural Community Network in association with the local Landowners and developed in partnership with, South West Mayo Development Company Ltd, The Rural Social Schemes, Mayo County Council, Vocational Education Committee, FAS, Fáilte
The Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail is an accredited national Way Marked Way and is part of a countrywide network of high-quality walks.