Nice drive down via Kealkil, Ballylickey, Glengarrif , Adrigole towards Castletownbere. Walk started at Rossmackowen. Weather was good with patches of blue sky enticing us along. Hungry Hill, although only 682m, was looking formidable as usual with its bare rock benches glistening. Our hopes were high for a good day out with views over Bere Island, Bantry Bay and over all the surrounding peaks. We were not to be disappointed!
Eight of us tackled the steep climb bearing 50 degrees from Park lough and summited approx 1.5 hours later. We passed the Pete Mc Carthy memorial cairn on the way. “If you travel with hope rather than with certain knowledge something interesting usually happens” he is quoted as having said…..bit like hillwalking really. Bere Island was looking well and I could detect a few masts in Lawrence Cove marina. Hill walking over the sea is just the best of both worlds.
An enjoyable lunch stop was spent admiring the views and discussing angels, philosophy and such like themes….par for the course on CMC outings!
We completed the circuit in approx 5 hours strolling leisurely back from Glass Loughs via the Beara way to Park Lough then down the boreen to the cars. A stop off for chowder, crabs claws, coffee and more chat at Caseys Hotel in Glengarrif set us up for the drive home. Iontach ar Fad! J.O’M