Belcoo to Belleek including Lough Navar Forest Option

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Belcoo to Belleek including Lough Navar Forest Option



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  • County Fermanagh

    Distance 39.8 miles

    OS Map Sheet 17

    Terrain Quiet rural roads, forest tracks

    Nearest Town Belcoo

    Route Shape Linear

    Grid Reference H084386

    Route Type Forest

    Route Description

    This is a Link section therefore walkers are actively encouraged to make use of the public transport links between Belleek and Lough Bradan (Ederney) The section is on mainly quiet rural roads and short sections of forest track passing through north Fermanagh and briefly through south Donegal before arriving at the entrance to Lough Bradan Forest approximately 5 miles north of the village of Ederney. The route is not signposted on the ground. For those walkers determined to complete of full circuit of Northern Ireland then accurate maps of this Link section are available to download. When walking on road sections please observe the Highway Code and it is advised to wear high visibility clothing. From Belleek progress eastwards along the A47 for 4 kms, then turn left to follow the NCN Route 91 which meanders between lakes and forests in County Donegal before arriving at Pettigoe via the R233. From Petttigoe continue along the R232, turn right onto the minor road leading NE signposted NCN Route 91. After 1 km, turn left onto a minor road which crosses the border. Keep the Termon River immediately to your right for approximately 8 kms. After passing Lettercran Hill, turn right into a minor road leading through part of Kesh Forest. After 2.5 kms, turn left at the cross-roads. Continue straight on to pass Drumskinny Stone Circle and then turn left on the road over Rotten Mountain. After 1.5 km, turn right down a laneway to join the B72 road. Turn right and after 0.5 km left into Lough Bradan Forest.

    Point of Interest

    Belcoo, Lough Navar Viewpoint, belleek

    Getting to the start

    Belcoo and Blacklion are two small villages separated by a bridge which marks the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. They are accessible by the N16 from the west and A4 to the east. Car parking is available in the car park beside the green in Belcoo.

    Public transport

    Translink – journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

    Facilities

    “Refreshments are available at both the start and the finish of the route in Belcoo and Belleek. However this is a long route with no refreshment stops along the way – walkers should carry provisions accordingly. There is a campsite, a few Bed and Breakfasts and Guesthouse at the start of the section in Belcoo, with one hotel, one B&B and one Guesthouse at the finish in Belleek. There are limited accommodation options along this section of the route so walkers may wish to arrange collection from accommodation to the east of the route in Derrygonnely. There is however the Heathergrove Country Guesthouse based along the route on the Glensheevar Road – west of Conagher Forest on your way to Belleek.”