holywellloop
Category: Country Walks
Difficulty: ModerateApproaching Glenville from the east, turn left across Keam Bridge and park at the Angler’s Rest pub. Walk back toward Keam Bridge but, before reaching it, turn left onto a narrow pathway which crosses a small concrete bridge over the stream feeding into the Bride River.

Follow this track – which climbs up toward the village of Glenville – for nearly 1km. At the T junction, turn right and then take a sharp left along the Mallow road.

Keep left at the entrance to Doonpeter burial ground, the site of a Holy Well.

Continue along this road and, at the first crossroads (Roche’s Cross), continue straight ahead. Proceed for a further 1.6km, at the end of which you will meet a bridge over the River Coom.

Immediately after crossing the bridge, you will see the beginning of the Famine Road on your right. This follows the north bank of the river. Do not enter the field, but continue uphill to the first crossroads.

Turn right and follow the meandering road around the base of Badgers Hill for 1.6km to a T junction. Turn right here. You will find yourself at a signpost for Ballyhooly (9km/5.6miles) and a Mass Rock.

Turn left along this road and, opposite the Mass Rock, enter the Famine Road (which is way-marked at this point).

Walk down the glen, along the Famine Road, for 1.6km. Cross the small bridge over the Chimneyfield River (a tributary of the Bride River) and continue along this path until you arrive at a footbridge over the Bride River.

Cross the footbridge and follow the yellow way-marked trail, up the gentle rise toward Doonpeter Holy Well.

At the top of the rise, there is a fine view of the upper Bride Valley – its glens, farms and forests unfold before you, with the Nagle mountains as a backdrop. Pass by the well and follow the way-markers through the fields back to the road.

Return along the road to Glenville, turning right and then taking an immediate left at the church. Continue down the track to the footbridge at the Angler’s Rest, and your starting point.

– Information on walk provided by Barry Connolly, Tom Baker, Kevin O’Farrell and Tom Tobin, from their guide ‘Walking in Fermoy, the Galtees and Surroundings’ (Fermoy, 1999)

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