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Ballinamuck Bog Loop

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Ballinamuck
Longford
Republic of Ireland

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Ballinamuck is one of the most historic towns in County Longford because of a battle fought there in 1798. The Battle of Ballinamuck pitted the combined Irish and French forces under General Humbert and General Blake and the English under Lord Cornwallis. The battle marked the heavy defeat of the main force of the French incursion during the 1798 Rebellion in Ireland, a memorial statue of a rebel pikeman (erected in 1928) dominates the centre of the village. In recent years, the village has benefited (in terms of fame) from the success of Thomas Flanagan's historic novel The Year of the French and the subsequent film.

The name Ballinamuck is derived from the original Irish language name Beal Atha na Muice which means 'the mouth of the ford of the pig'. According to legend a famous black pig rooted up a trench, from the Dane's Cast in Armagh, through Ballinamuck until it arrived at the Ford of Lough Gowna where a man struck it with a stone and thus put an end to the pigs rooting! In addition to this walk, the quiet rural village is an ideal base for fishing, cycling and observing nature.

A-B. Starting from the trailhead, follow the purple arrow along the surfaced road for 200 metres (passing a roadway on your right) to reach the start of a gravel road on your left. Turn left here and follow the road into the bogland area. After 200 metres you reach a T-junction from where the loop proper begins. Turn right here.

B-C. Continue to follow the purple arrows along the bog road for 500 metres to reach a green track on your left as the road turns right. Turn right and continue along for a further 500 metres to reach a T-junction with a surfaced road. Turn left, follow the road for 200 metres and turn left into the bog again.

C-B. This section of the bog road is less travelled and gravel soon becomes grass. Watch for sections where people still cut and stack turf, to be taken home and used as heating fuel. After 1.5km you regain the junction at B above. This time, turn right.

B-A. Follow the gravel road for 200 metres to rejoin the surfaced road, turn right and enjoy the 200 metres back to the tralhead.

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Ascent

120 metres/20 metres

Distance

5 kilometres

Estimated Time

1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours

Grade

Easy

Minimum Gear

Trekking shoes, rain gear and fluid

Services

Ballinamuck (2km), Granard (12km)

Terrain

Bog roads and green tracks

Theme

Nature

Trailhead

Ballinamuck, Co. Longford OS Sheet 34, N206 896

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