Coumduala Looped Walk
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Tourist Information Office, The Granary, Waterford,
Coumduala Looped Walk from the mapboard follow the purple (and blue and red) arrows along the sand road that goes left at the exit from the car park.
A-B. Starting from the mapboard follow the purple (and blue and red) arrows along the sand road that goes left at the exit from the car park. The blue arrows are for an ‘out and back’ walk to the Sgilloge lakes, the red arrows for the shorter Coumlara Loop. After 100m pass through a gate and follow the roadway as it swings right and downhill and then turns left onto a track. Joining a sandy road veer left and climb to a gate/stile. Cross the stile and follow the arrows as the loop crosses the Nire River at a footbridge and then ascends towards Sgilloges Lakes. At the top corner of a wire fence, the loop turns left onto the top side of the fence. [Note: The Sgilloges Walk turns right here - if you have the time the 30min trek up to, and back from, the lakes is well worth the effort.]
B-C. Follow the red arrows along the fence for almost 1km to reach a stream flowing from Coumlara. Cross the stream and follow the red and purple arrows along the shoulder of Carrignagower to reach a wire fence. Turn left and after 150m reach The Gap at a gate and stiles. The shorter Coumlara Loop turns left here - you continue straight ahead continuing to follow the wire fence on your right.
C-A. The loop now starts a 1.5km ascent to its highest point at 630m. At the top, you cross a stile - there’s a viewing point on you right here from where you can enjoy the view of Coumduala Lough and Comeragh Mountains. From here the loop begins the descent to the trailhead - following a wire fence on your left. Near the bottom you rejoin the red Coumlara Loop as it comes across a stile on your left. From here enjoy the last 300m downhill to the trailhead.