Caherdaniel to Beale on the Kerry Way – Sneem Saint Patrick’s Festival Walk – Saturday 18 March 2023







Easy to moderate walk along grassy trails, gravel paths and pleasant country lanes. This walk offers fabulous views of Derrynane Harbour and Kenmare Bay with plenty of history along the way. This walk includes two short, moderate climbs and participants should have suitable outdoor clothing and waterproof footwear.

Photos from the Day

This walk is organised by Sneem Walking Club and will be lead by Fergal Harrington as part of the Sneem St. Patrick’s Festival. Visitors are welcome and you do not need to be a member of the walking club to participate.

We will meet at 10 AM outside Dan Murphy’s Bar on Saturday 18th March in Sneem Village and organise car-pooling to drive to the start of the walk at Catherdaniel.

(Sneem Walking Club will organise another day of walking on Sunday 19th March – again visitors are welcome – meet at 10AM at Dan Murphys).

We’ll walk at a comfortable pace, while keeping the group together. Starting from the parking area beside the crossroad in the village of Caherdaniel, we’ll follow the Kerry Way trail in the direction of Sneem. The official end of the walk will be at Beale Woods when we will have completed 11 km. From here we’ll drive back to Sneem.

The full distance of the Caherdaniel to Sneem section of the Kerry Way is a lengthy 17 km and anyone who wishes to continue walking to the village can do so.

What to Expect on Caherdaniel to Beale Walk:

This is a wonderful and varied walk, rising out of Caherdaniel village into the hills with views of derrynane behind. We’ll follow the Kerry Way as it winds its way through the grassy hills in the direction of Coad Mountain to the east.

Soon we’ll be treated to breath-taking views of Kenmare Bay and the many inlets below us. Looking inland below Coad Mountain, we’ll pass by Cáit na Pluaise’s cave, where the widow Cáit raised her family of seven in the years after the famine. We’ll take a look around Kilcrohane Church and cemetery with its superb views of Castlecove and beyond. Further on, we’ll pass close to Staigue Fort set in its natural amphitheatre setting and estimated to be circa 1,500 years old.

Onwards and a little upwards before we reach the top of the hill and come to Bohocogram. The track in place can be boggy, which is why a good pair of waterproof boots or shoes is a must. From Bohocogram the trail rises again as we ascend one final hill before descending to our end point at the gap where Beale Forest sits.

Caherdaniel to Sneem on the Kerry Way

Now we’ve finished our walk, we’ll drive back to Sneem, while also collecting those cars left in Caherdaniel.

What to Wear:

  • Quick-drying loose or stretchy pants.  Avoid wearing jeans and cotton tee-shirts, which can get uncomfortable when warm and very cold when wet.
  • Waterproof walking boots with good grips and good laces.
  • Good Walking Socks
  • 100% waterproof shell type jacket.

What to Pack for this Walk?

  • Spare warm fleece type top (a couple of thin layers).
  • Small backpack for food, spare clothes and other supplies.
  • Hat & Gloves.
  • Waterproof over-trousers.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Smartphone for contact and for fantastic photos.
  • Water bottle.

Sneem Walking Club are organising another day of walking on Sunday March 19th and visitors are welcome. Meet at 10 Am at Dan Murphy’s Bar. The route(s) will be decided on the day to match the conditions and those taking part.

Please note that the is subject to change depending on weather and sufficient member availability.

With all advertised walks please bear in mind that these can change at short notice due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances. Meeting point for these walks (unless otherwise noted) is outside Dan Murphy’s Bar in Sneem at 10AM. Please ensure that you are registered on the Sneem Walking Club’s Whatsapp Group for updates. Please note that dogs are not allowed on our walks, as we walk on privately owned land with the kind permission of the owners / farmers.

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