Cuilcagh Way - Cladagh Glen (Section 1)

Walking Route

The Cladagh River journeys down a narrow, steeply-sided gorge towards the Erne lowland. The gorge is covered by a long-established ash woodland.

Distance:

1.5 miles

Start Point:

H128356

Finish Point:

H120345

Point of interest:

Caves, the Folly, the Cascade

Nearest town:

Enniskillen or Belcoo

OS map:

Sheet 26

Terrain:

Path, walkway, steps, tracks

Route:

The Cladagh Glen Walk is a linear route through the striking landscape of the Cladagh River gorge. Following the course of the river, this walking route takes you through a steep limestone gorge that is thickly covered by an ancient ash woodland. Though it was once widespread, this sort of damp ash woodland is now rare in Ireland and the entire gorge is protected as part of the Marble Arch National Nature Reserve. There are many features of interest along the route- steep limestone cliffs, cascading waterfalls, cave springs, a turbulent river and a rich treasury of wild flowers. The most important feature to visit is the Marble Arch, an impressive natural archway that spans over the river, it is here that the Marble Arch Caves take its name. The walk follows gravel paths passing through deep woodland to where a wooden stairway climbs over rocky outcrops before taking you past the Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre. Here you can enjoy a guided tour of one of Europe’s finest showcaves or just relax before taking the final jaunt of your journey along a quiet country road to the entrance of Cuilcagh Mountain Park. Did You Know? The Cladagh Glen takes its name from the Cladagh River which is formed in the depths of the Marble Arch Caves where the Owenbrean, Shruh Croppa and Aghinrawn rivers come together. The Cladagh River re-emerges from its underground journey at the Marble Arch Rising to make its way winding and twisting down through the narrow-steep sided gorge of the Cladagh Glen to join the Arney River and eventually, Lough Erne.

Facilities:

Car park. The Visitor Centre at the Marble Arch Caves (run by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council) is open from late March to September, from 10.00 am-4.30/5.00 pm, with toilets, café, guided tours of the caves and shop.

Accessible terrain:

Unsurfaced path with some steps

Publication:

Cuilcagh Way Booklet

Getting to the start by car:

The Cladagh Glen car park is signposted on the Blacklion to Florencecourt Road

Publication availability:

Available from Autumn 2015

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Fermanagh Visitor Information Centre
  • Free (parking charges may apply)
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