This trail starts at the arboretum in the village of Broadford. If you have time, visit the arboretum which was formally a limestone quarry now planted with native Irish trees and shrubs.
Follow the blue arrows through the village turning left at the Old Forge Inn. As you leave the village you will notice a lovely display celebrating the skills of the blacksmith in times past. In this walk you will be crossing the county border into Co. Cork and as you climb, you will pass farmland on both sides with some lovely views. Remember that these are minor roads so there will be some traffic.
Later on in the walk you will be looking down onto Gleann na gCapall. You can read about how the glen was so named at the story board later on in the walk. The stream that passes through the village of Broadford has its source close to this spot.
There are some stunning views on your descent down through a farm crossing through fields and wooded areas. This is a working farm so please ensure gates are kept closed. This pleasant farm walk will eventually bring you to the historical site of Killagholehane church where there is a story board detailing the history and unique folklore of the area.
The walk ends back in the car park in the village of Broadford.
A – B. From the Dáibhí Ó Bruadair monument (at Church car park) walk west through the village of Broadford. Take the first turn on the left following the blue arrows. Continue on this road for 2.5 km. At the Y junction veer right and continue walking until you reach the main road. Turn right and continue to the Y junction. Take the road to the left.
B – C. Follow the blue arrows until you come to the next junction. Turn right and continue for 1.5 km. The trail veers to the left up a slight incline. Following a sharp turn to the right watch for the blue arrows indicating a farm entrance on the right. Walk along this passageway.
C – D. The trail arrows lead you along a passageway, over a stile into a field. Walk through the fields inside the farm fence. Take a rest on the seat beside the next stile and enjoy the views before you resume your walk. Further on, another stile will bring you back onto the farm passageway. Turn right. Follow the trail downhill reaching a stile and at the foot of the hill cross another stile and turn right. Continue until you see Killagholehane Church ruins on your right. Visit the Church ruins.
D – A. Return to the trail and with your back to the church turn right and follow the blue arrows. Cross the stile and after 100m continue over the bridge. Shortly the trail veers to the right. Continue until you meet the roadway. Turn right at this junction and left after 100m. The next junction to the right will bring you back to the outward trail. Turn left and and return to the trailhead at the Dáibhí Ó Bruadair monument.
This 10 km loop is a tough one and best suited to well seasoned hikers or those up for a challenge.