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Hill Walk Ravensdale

April 1



Route: Ravensdale Forest including Ben Rock summit 

Meeting Point: Ravensdale Forest Park (Marble Bridge) LINK HERE

Meeting time: 09:15am

Walk Start time: 09:30am

Distance/Duration: 12km / 4 – 4½ hours (including breaks) 

Height: 508m


Leaders Note: This is graded as a hillwalk (bordering on moderate)


Leader’s Note: We will start at Ravensdale Forest Car Park (free parking, link to google maps above) and will follow the Ravensdale Loop and Tain Way through the forest along forest tracks. We should get magnificent views of Slieve Gullion in good weaterh.  We will leave the forest and climb on open mountain tracks to complete the ascent to Ben Rock (410m) with views of Dundalk Bay, and then up to Clermont Cairn (508m).  From the Cairn, on a clear day, the views of Carlingford Lough are spectacular. We will retrace our steps back down from the Cairn to the forest track and complete the walk following the Tain Way and Ring of Gullion Way back to the car park.  Sections of the open mountain track may be wet and muddy. Poles would be recommended if you use them and wear hiking boots.  

Please note there are no official no toilet facilities at the car park or along the walk.

Directions: Refer to google maps link above. Journey time by car from Skerries approximately 55 minutes. 

  • Take M1 motorway northwards to exit 18. Follow R132 sign posted Ravensdale.
  • After 4 km at roundabout take exit to R174 Ravensdale.
  • At T Junction after approx. 400m turn left
  • The Ravensdale Forest Recreation Park and car park is approx. 1.3 km on right hand side.

Please Text the leader by Friday 31st March if you would like to register for this hill walk.  A WhatsApp group will be set up for ease of communication for those coming on the walk. This is where you can see who is coming on the walk if you’d like to car pool.   If you do not wish to be included in the WhatsApp group, please let the leader know when registering your interest in either of the walks.



April 1


Shona Geraghty
Tony McMahon