A-B. Starting from the car park, follow the purple arrow along the forestry roadway for 500m to reach a Y-junction. This is the point from which the loop proper begins - you will be returning to this point from the left on the return section. For now – proceed straight.
B-C. Continue to follow the forestry roadway for 200m to cross a stream at a concrete bridge and another 300m takes you to a woodland track on your left where you turn left. Follow the track as it zig-zags uphill. At the top of the climb, the loop joins a sandy forestry track and turns left.
C-A. Over the next 500m the terrain changes from a sandy track path to forestry roadway - and fine views of Carlow Town and the River Barrow open up on your left. Cross a stream at a concrete ‘ford’ at a sharp left bend and continue for another 300m to regain the junction from where you started the loop at B above. This time turn right and enjoy the last 500m back to the trailhead.
Clogrennan is a townland straddling the border of Counties Laois and Carlow in the South Midlands area of Ireland. The area offers a combination of natural amenity, river amenity, and historical man-made structures linked with the historical use of the river Barrow as an industrial and transport corridor. Local heritage includes old homes, lime works, mills, river/canal locks and bridges, and monuments.
Clogrennan Hill is a part of an area of upland but is not substantial enough to appear on Ordnance Survey maps – it claims 921st spot on the list of highest summits in Ireland! Clogrennan Wood is typical old woodland and has had forestry cover present since the 1800’s. The predominant tree species include beech, spruce, larch and oak – but expect to see bluebells, ferns, wild garlic, herb robert and many other indicative old woodland species. The loop offers you a gentle walk on forest roads with views of Carlow town and the River Barrow valley.