Fastnet Trails - The Butter Road
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The Butter Road, Schull - Fastnet Trails - a 10km moderate linear walk or 20km return journey. The Fastnet Trails Walks Group have developed over 10 walks in Ballydehob, Schull and Aughadown.
This 10km linear walk can be started in either Schull or Ballydehob, or for the more energetic a 20km return journey to either trailhead. Part of this route is on a green lane known as the Bridle Road or the Old Butter Road – before the 1820’s the Old Butter Road was the only route out of Schull going east. It connected Mizen to Cork and Cork’s famous Butter Market founded in 1769.
From Schull, after viewing the map at the Trail head at the East End car park, head east following the amber arrows and signs, past Cadogan’s strand and go right to reach the Mill House. After entering the green lane watch out for the Idle Bridge to your right, before crossing the new footbridge. As the route ascends enjoy the scenic views back over Schull Harbour and Mount Gabriel. Passing two farmyards you reach a tarred road which you go straight for Ballydehob following the amber arrows. (A right turn here completes a loop back to Schull).
Points of Interest along the walk are
• The 12 Arch Bridge
• The “Idle Bridge” beyond the river near Schull
• Old Graveyard at Stouke
• The old green road
• The Mill House “Tuck/Corn Mill, Coosheen
• Cadogan’s Strand & Garden in Schull
It is advisable to ware walking boots except in very dry weather. Dogs on leads are allowed.