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Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail

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43 Marlbank Road, Legnabrocky, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, BT92 1EW
Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail

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The Cuilcagh Boardwalk is to close for three days later this month to facilitate scheduled maintenance works.  

The boardwalk, located within Cuilcagh Lakelands UNESCO Global Geopark, will close to the public from Tuesday 21 September to Thursday 23 September inclusive, reopening to walkers on Friday 24 September 2021.  

The Geopark apologises for any inconvenience. 

All other sites within Cuilcagh Lakelands UNESCO Global Geopark remain open during this time.  

 

Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail

The route meanders through one of the largest expanses of blanket bog in Northern Ireland, traversing over tracks, boardwalk and staircase. A steep climb is required to reach the viewing platform which provides breath taking views of the surrounding low lands.

The first part of the walk passes through a fascinating limestone landscape, often referred to as “The Fertile Rock” due to its flower rich pastures. Visible along the trail you will see abandoned Irish cottages, dry stone walls and potato cultivation ridges (“lazy beds”) all remnants of Ireland’s past heritage.

Continuing along the gravel vehicle track the landscape starts to change to blanket bog where the unmistakable, flat-topped ridge of Cuilcagh Mountain is visible in the horizon. After 4km, you start your ascent of Cuilcagh Mountain. The way is negotiated by a section of boardwalk, providing protection to the sensitive blanket bog beneath. If you’re fortunate you may catch a glimpse of a red grouse. The bird's most obvious features are its plump shape, white eyelids with bright pinkish-red combs above, and feathered legs and feet. They stay on the heath all year round eating the short, succulent shoots of heather.

Your final ascent is via a steep section of steps, these are not for the faint of heart! As you steadily climb you meander and weave your way through a rugged boulder landscape to eventually reach the viewing platform. The viewing platform positioned precariously at the edge of the mountain plateau offers breath-taking views over the surrounding landscape and an opportunity to take a well-deserved rest before starting your decent.

Start Point:
H121335

Finish Point:
H123280

Route:
Access to the summit of Cuilcagh Mountain beyond the Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail Viewing Platform is not permitted. We ask visitors to keep to the designated path and to remain within the confines of the viewing platform. The habitat in this area is fragile and we kindly request that walkers respect the environment and do not stray from the designated route. Your cooperation with this is appreciated. Please be aware: • It is important to choose a walk that suits everyone in your group. • Weather conditions on the Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail and Cuilcagh Mountain can be quick to change & can become quickly inhospitable all year round • Equip yourself for walking in a mountainous area, waterproof clothing, boots, spare clothing, map, compass, first aid, food, drink etc are essential. • Be aware that mobile reception in the area is poor. Let someone know where you have gone and when you are expected back. • In an Emergency: call 999 or 101 and ask for Mountain Rescue. Did You Know? The habitat on Cuilcagh Mountain is very sensitive to the footfall of walkers and the boardwalk was constructed to prevent walkers from damaging the protected blanket bog. It is important to stay to the designated path in order to protect this beautiful habitat for future generations.

Distance:
8miles/12 km return route

Time:
Allow 3 to 4 hours.

Terrain:
Gravel track, boardwalk, bog land

Maps / guides:
Map is available to download and publication via the Marble Arch Caves website.

Point of interest:
Cuilcagh Mountain is designated as a Special Area of Conservation, Area of Special Scientific Interest, RAMSAR site and within the UNESCO Global Geopark.

Facilities:
Facilities are available at the nearby Marble Arch Caves visitor centre and Florencecourt House. Toilet facilities are available for walkers at the nearby Killykeegan Nature Reserve, signposted

Publication:
Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail Booklet

Publication availability:
Available from Marble Arch Caves or Fermanagh Visitor Information Centre

Nearest town:
Belcoo

OS map:
Sheet 26 (1:50 000)

Accessible terrain:
Grade 5

Accessible signage:
Accessible picnic bench is available at Cuilcagh Mountain Park. Accessible facilities are available in the nearby Marble Arch Caves visitor centre or Florencecourt House.

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There are two options for parking for your walk on the Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail. Option 1 Cuilcagh Boardwalk car park (on attached map location 2) This car park is located at the start of the Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail. The car park can accommodate both cars and coach parking. Please note: This car park is privately owned and there is a charge for parking. The charge per car is approximately £5/€6 and coaches are advised to contact the landowner directly (this can be done by ringing the Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre on +44 (0)28 66321815, you will be asked to provide a contact name and number which will be forwarded to the landowner to contact you. Option 2 Killykeegan Nature Reserve car park (on attached map location 3) This car park is located a further 0.7 miles/1 km past the entrance for the Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail. This car park is free and can accommodate cars and coaches. There are toilet facilities and picnic areas provided. Please be aware: The Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre car park (on attached map location 1) is provided for visitors to the show cave only. This car park is monitored and outside the show cave visiting times the car park is locked. How to get here: (Follow the signs for the Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre from Enniskillen) Take the A4 Sligo Road from Enniskillen. Turn left onto the A32 Swanlinbar Road. Turn right onto the Marble Arch road. Turn left, still following the signs for the Marble Arch Visitor Centre. Along this narrow road, there will be a sign on your left hand side for the Cuilcagh Mountain Park this is car park option 1, for car park option 2 continue along the road for a further .7 miles/1 km the Killykeegan Nature Reserve car park is signed and located on your right hand side.

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