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Burren walk

The Habitats, Monuments and Culture of Burren Winterage farming

14 August, 12pm - 2pm

Clare Community Archaeology

  • Tom Carkills farmyard, Clooneen, Kilfenora
  • V95 Y9T4
  • Co. Clare

This is an easy 3km walk along a farm track beginning in the Burren uplands, led by local ecologist Bernie O'Connor, taking in species-rich grasslands and limestone pavement as well as petrifying springs & fens. On the way, an ancient settlement with a subterranean Rik and the largest wedge tomb in the Burren. The farm practices and culture of the Burren will be discussed as the walk descends through temperate rainforest to the more productive modified grasslands at lower elevations. The walk finishes where shallow Burren Limestone soils give way to the deeper, wetter soils of the Clare Shales and different farming methods are required.

We will park at Tom Carkill's farmyard, car share from here and start the walk at the top of Michael Collins winterage (nearest eircode V95 EC60, the gateway to the winterage is across the road). The walk will finish back at Tom Carkills farmyard.

You will need good walking shoes/boots and a stick. Most of the walk will be on a farm track but a closer look at monuments will mean crossing some rough terrain briefly.
No dogs please.

To book a place ring Bernie on 065 7088899 or 08602059442 or email bernie1oconnor@gmail.com

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