Iron Bridge (Aughavannagh) to Derry River (Tinahely)

 

At 19 km the longest leg of the relay but on very easy tracks and country lanes.

 

      Stage starts at Iron Bridge (changed from Ballyteige Bridge due to parking).

Start by turning left for 1km along tarred road. Enter forest at Ballyteige Bridge (right). There are many turnoffs in track in forest but at each branch in path there is a WW marker. Leave forest by turning left on minor road on which you travel for 3km, ignoring two turns right. At severe bent in road (to left) take grassy lane to right. You must be careful here, there is WW marker but also WW road sign which is often rotated in WRONG direction. Travel down on grassy lane for short distance and arrive out on another road Turn left, right and immediately left again onto old road no longer used except by farmer. On for another 2km, pass ruined two-storey schoolhouse on your right, passed memorial to Larry O’Toole. You come to bridge, turn right across ford in river BEFORE bridge. Easy to miss marker here if you cross bridge you have gone WRONG. Gentle rise along muddy lane, track continues along edge of sloping (up) field. Shortly after passing another memorial (much older) track splits, take higher (right) option. Further on track splits in three, take main one to right which shortly swings around to enter beech wood (Mangan’s Wood) through broken gate. Continue on until second gate (damaged but can be opened), straight on ignoring large track to left. Keep to main track, there are several gates, some with barbed wire on top, but all can be and should be opened (and closed). This main track is obvious but there are no WW markers for some time. Track swings to right while Tinahealy can be seen on the left. Arrive out on road, turn left, and drop down to bridge over Derry River

      Leaving the bridge across the Derry River turn left on main road. After 250m turn                    

     right up a minor road following the Wicklow Way sign and sign to Ashfield  

      B&B.Continue up this road passing another minor road on left and Ashfield B&B  

     on   right. Stage ends after about 700m.

 

JL