A-B. Starting from the car park, follow the purple arrow along the forestry roadway for 500m to reach a Y-junction. This is the point from which the loop proper begins – you will be returning to this point from the left on the return section. For now – proceed straight.
B-C. Continue to follow the forestry roadway for 200m to cross a stream at a concrete bridge and another 300m takes you to a woodland track on your left where you turn left. Follow the track as it zigzags uphill. At the top of the climb, the loop joins a sandy forestry track and turns left.
C-A. Over the next 500m the terrain changes from a sandy track path to forestry roadway – and fine views of Carlow Town and the River Barrow open up on your left. Cross a stream at a concrete ‘ford’ at a sharp left bend and continue for another 300m to regain the junction from where you started the loop at B above. This time turn right and enjoy the last 500m back to the trailhead.
Ascent: 180m / 50m
Distance: 4km / 1hr-1hr30mins
Minimum Gear: Trekking shoes, raingear, fluid and mobile phone
Services: Leighlinbridge (6km), Carlow (8km)
Terrain: Forestry roadways, woodland tracks
Trailhead: Clogrennan Woods, Co Carlow