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The Carleton Trail

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The Carleton Trail

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Visit the childhood home of the much-loved Victorian novelist William Carleton, well versed in Irish folklore and described by Yeats as ‘the greatest novelist of Ireland’. An annual literary festival held in August in the Clogher Valley celebrates Carleton’s work.

Why not take a driving/walking tour along the scenic Carleton Trail, sign posted throughout the Clogher Valley, with many interesting heritage sites along the way. Carleton’s Cottage also features on the recently developed Clogher Valley Heritage Trail.

The three trails are clearly signposted and start and finish in Clogher not far from Carleton's Cottage. There are many interesting places to stop and all three routes are attractive to cyclists who prefer a gentle ride.

The Red Route, which is now the Carleton Trail Waymarked Way, includes rides through woods and past St. Patrick’s Chair and Well, Carleton’s Cottage at Springtown and wonderful views from Knockmany Hill and Lumford’s Glen. Where the Red Route is on rough ground and therefore unsuitable for cycling, an alternative route for cyclists is signposted. The Green Route passes through heather-clad blanket bog. Gentle, quiet lanes and country roads mean the sounds of bird life and insects are amplified making this trail particularly serene.

The Black Route is the shortest and takes in Carleton’s birthplace.

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Choose from 3 routes

28 miles/45 km

2-3 Hours depending on route

Mixture of hills and rolling countryside.

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Maps / guides: £1.00 plus postage and packing.

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