Trailhead: Stralongford, Aghacashel, Co Leitrim
Services: Aghacashel (6km), Drumshanbo (15km)
Dist/Time: 10km / 3hrs – 3hr30min
Terrain: Minor roads, forestry tracks.
To Suit: All levels of fitness
Min. Gear: Trekking shoes, raingear, fluid, snack, and mobile phone.
A-B. Starting from the mapboard at Stralongford follow the blue (and purple) arrows along the minor road for 200m to cross Stralongford Bridge. The purple arrows are for the longer Bencroy Loop. Follow the road for a further 300m to reach a Y junction – take the sanded forestry roadway on the left. Continue to follow this sanded roadway for 800m to reach a junction with a roadway (and old building) on your left. Turn left here.
B-C. Continue to follow the blue and purple arrows as the loop follows the forestry roadways for approx 5km to reach a junction overlooking the Yellow River (Abhainn Bhui). Note that the longer Bencroy Loop (purple arrows) turns right here – but you turn left.
C-A. Now follow the blue arrows as the loop takes you downhill along the bank of the Yellow River. After 1km you cross the river and follow the blue arrows along forestry roadways and farm laneways to regain the trailhead.
Directions to Trailhead
From the town of Drumshanbo follow the signs for the L3306 in the direction of Aghacashel and Aughnasheelan. After approx 7km you reach Aghacashel (shop and Post Office on your right). After another 1km turn left at the signpost for Ballinagleragh and travel for 6km to reach a T-junction where you turn right. Follow this road for approx 1km to a sharp right bend with forestry roadway on your left. The trailhead is located at the mapboard at the start of the forestry roadway.