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Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail

Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail

The route meanders through one of the largest expanses of blanket bog in Northern Ireland, traversing over tracks, boardwalk and staircase. A steep climb is required to reach the viewing platform which provides breath taking views of the surrounding low lands.

The first part of the walk passes through a fascinating limestone landscape, often referred to as “The Fertile Rock” due to its flower rich pastures. Visible along the trail you will see abandoned Irish cottages, dry stone walls and potato cultivation ridges (“lazy beds”) all remnants of Ireland’s past heritage.

Continuing along the gravel vehicle track the landscape starts to change to blanket bog where the unmistakable, flat-topped ridge of Cuilcagh Mountain is visible in the horizon. In the spring, an abundance of bog cotton carpets the bog in a blanket of white, while in late summer the purple moor grass glistens with shades of red and purple.

After 4km, you start your ascent of Cuilcagh Mountain. The way is negotiated by a section of boardwalk, providing protection to the sensitive blanket bog beneath. If you’re fortunate you may catch a glimpse of a red grouse. The bird's most obvious features are its plump shape, white eyelids with bright pinkish-red combs above, and feathered legs and feet. They stay on the heath all year round eating the short, succulent shoots of heather.

Your final ascent is via a steep section of steps, these are not for the faint of heart! As you steadily climb you meander and weave your way through a rugged boulder landscape to eventually reach the viewing platform. The viewing platform positioned precariously at the edge of the mountain plateau offers breath-taking views over the surrounding landscape and an opportunity to take a well-deserved rest before starting your decent.

Events or Groups Walking the Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail

For safety, conservation and insurance reasons walk leaders and event organisers are not permitted to organise, advertise or run an event of any nature in or along the Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail where praticipants exceed 20 without prior written consent from the Marble Arch Caves and should be submitted well in advance of the planned walk or event.

Please contact: Michelle.Shannon@fermanaghomagh.com or +44(0) 28 66321815.

County

Fermanagh

Distance

4 miles

OS Map

Sheet 26 (1:50 000)

Nearest Town

Belcoo

Route Shape

Linear

Route Type

Mountain

Terrain

gravel track, boardwalk, bogland

Grid Reference (Start)

H121335

Grid Reference (End)

H123280

Point of Interest

Cuilcagh Mountain

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Fermanagh

Route Description

Access to the summit of Cuilcagh Mountain beyond the Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail Viewing Platform is not permitted. We ask visitors to keep to the designated path and to remain within the confines of the viewing platform.

The habitat in this area is fragile and we kindly request that walkers respect the environment and do not stray from the designated route. Your cooperation with this is appreciated.

Please be aware:

• It is important to choose a walk that suits everyone in your group.

• Weather conditions on the Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail and Cuilcagh Mountain can be quick to change & can become quickly inhospitable all year round

• Equip yourself for walking in a mountainous area, waterproof clothing, boots, spare clothing, map, compass, first aid, food, drink etc are essential.

• Be aware that mobile reception in the area is poor. Let someone know where you have gone and when you are expected back.

• In an Emergency: call 999 or 101 and ask for Mountain Rescue.

Did You Know? The habitat on Cuilcagh Mountain is very sensitive to the footfall of walkers and the boardwalk was constructed to prevent walkers from damaging the protected blanket bog. It is important to stay to the designated path in order to protect this beautiful habitat for future generations.

 

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Getting to the Start (by Car)

There are two options for parking for your walk on the Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail.

Option 1
Cuilcagh Boardwalk car park (on attached map location 2)
This car park is located at the start of the Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail. The car park can accommodate both cars and coach parking.
Please note: This car park is privately owned and there is a charge for parking. The charge per car is approximately £5/€6 and coaches are advised to contact the landowner directly (this can be done by ringing the Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre on +44 (0)28 66321815, you will be asked to provide a contact name and number which will be forwarded to the landowner to contact you.

Option 2
Killykeegan Nature Reserve car park (on attached map location 3)
This car park is located a further 0.7 miles/1 km past the entrance for the Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail. This car park is free and can accommodate cars and coaches. There are toilet facilities and picnic areas provided.

Please be aware: The Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre car park (on attached map location 1) is provided for visitors to the show cave only. This car park is monitored and outside the show cave visiting times the car park is locked.

How to get here:
(Follow the signs for the Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre from Enniskillen)
Take the A4 Sligo Road from Enniskillen. Turn left onto the A32 Swanlinbar Road. Turn right onto the Marble Arch road. Turn left, still following the signs for the Marble Arch Visitor Centre. Along this narrow road, there will be a sign on your left hand side for the Cuilcagh Mountain Park this is car park option 1, for car park option 2 continue along the road for a further .7 miles/1 km the Killykeegan Nature Reserve car park is signed and located on your right hand side.

Dogs

Dogs are not allowed.

Accessibility Grade

Grade 5

Facilities

Facilities are available at the nearby Marble Arch Caves visitor centre and Florencecourt House.

Toilet facilities are available for walkers at the nearby Killykeegan Nature Reserve, signposted

Publication

Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail Booklet

Publication Availability

Available from Marble Arch Caves or Fermanagh Visitor Information Centre

Walk Location
Map of Northern Ireland
 
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Ratings and Comments

★★☆☆☆
Paul H 30 July, 2019 @ 06:14

This used to be a great hike but since the boardwalk was built it has become really overcrowded. The 'no dogs' and 'don't step off the viewing platform' rules are almost universally ignored, as is the 'Leave No Trace' request. While it's great to encourage more people to get out in the open air the building of the boardwalk to protect the environment seems to have backfired massively. The huge numbers of daily visitors now are doing far more damage than a few hundred hikers per year would ever have done.

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Jay 29 July, 2019 @ 22:41

So glad dogs aren't allowed here

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Leanne Connell 16 July, 2019 @ 11:55

Had really been looking forward to travelling up to do this walk. However will not bother now, as I wanted to share with my dog. Very disappointing

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Hazel 14 July, 2019 @ 23:11

Lucky l checked this first was going to do this with my dog. Shame, I do think though they should be allowed and kept on lead's but understandable some dog owner's have no consideration

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Lesley 1 July, 2019 @ 22:32

I would love to do this walk and sorry dog owners, I know you love your dogs and there part of the family but I am petrified of them, I wouldn't mind if people kept them on a lead but they don't. It must be nice to go to a place where dogs are not running and barking towards you whilst the owners are too selfish to notice not everyone wants one near them

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Markus 29 June, 2019 @ 18:46

I love dogs but I totally understand when dogs are not allowed on this hike. But I have to say that the sign "Strictly no dogs" is a joke when everbody bring their dog with them! When we did the boardwalk last week on the 23rd June we saw three dogs in two hours. Don't put up this sign if the staff members don't care! That's a joke!

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Alice 27 June, 2019 @ 14:19

We went up yesterday 26th June 2019. It was a super walk. Really well run and so clean and a lovely atmosphere with people chatting along the way. The view from the top was worth the steep steps.

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Mike 25 June, 2019 @ 14:36

I'm a dog owner and dog lover since I was a child, but I'm delighted to see dogs are not allowed here. As others have pointed out, the dogs are rarely the problem, it's the owners.

I don't believe the majority of dog owners are responsible any more. I see most people being taken for a walk by their dogs instead of the other way around these days.

Until more penalties are put in place for weak and irresponsible dog owners, and this whole activity is better policed, I think there should be more areas with bans on dogs (and preferably their ridiculous owners who are giving dogs a bad name).

Great and visionary decision by the people in charge here.

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Joelene 12 June, 2019 @ 08:38

Disappointed to read dogs are not allowed! Only in Ireland would you get this. Imagine if they banned dogs in the lake district or the mournes because off wildlife? What a load of nonsense!! I personally think most people should be banned from the walk as they are so poorly equipped for it and most juat drop litter or leave empty bottles!!

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Becca11 23 May, 2019 @ 09:59

Delighted to be free of the stress of walking with people who think they are responsible dog owners, (never does ANY dog owner concede that they are the problem - see comments below) still allowing their animals to push over children, foul paths and generally distract from a wonderful walk.

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Michael 8 May, 2019 @ 00:34

As an adult who has suffered a life long dog phobia prohibiting many outdoor activities it is very refreshing to finally find something I cannot enjoy with my family without the constant fear of dogs in the area. Dog owner simply do not understand the impact they can have on others who suffer the daily struggle of a canine phobia. Even dogs on leads or with responsible owners are a source of extreme fear for people like me and often I simply choose to stay indoors and avoid the possibility of ever coming into contact with dogs. It is no comfort when people say “he is just being friendly” or “ he won’t touch you” the sooner dog owner understand and respect this the better.

This place among other recently designated no dog areas will allow me as a human to enjoy the outdoors without fear. Thank you.

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Jackson 4 May, 2019 @ 11:47

Loved the walk and like many am a responsible for owner, unfortunately the blanket ban on dogs is because there are so many dog owners who are not responsible and make no attempt to control their animals even when they knock your 3 year old child off the boardwalk because "it's OK, they're just playing". So ya, fully support no dogs allowed, if you don't like it go walk somewhere else

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Samantha 18 April, 2019 @ 10:52

Hello! Where do you book to go to the boardwalk? A believe everyone need to book in advance or not?

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Eamonn 17 April, 2019 @ 14:25

Like many other contributators I intended to plan a visit this bank holiday weekend but to my disappointment dogs are not welcome. I do understand the challenges dogs can present, but surly for leashed pets and responsible owners some kind of trial or compromise is possible. Pet owners who bring their pets to enjoy such out door activitie sare not your , walk around the town type owners, no offense. Im sure I will draw flack for such comment.We love our dog and prefer to enjoy his company sharing time generally weekends and out doors. Dogs don't drop Gum,paper or plastic. Banning dogs is a 100% reflection on dog owners not the dogs. If he can't go then we can't go. Reading the article above it looks like the integrity of the bog and indeed the mountain may have been compromised for pure tourism. The stairway walk looks stunning but at what price. opportunity missed perhaps.

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Pat patterson 15 April, 2019 @ 15:06

DO NOT PAY £5 FOR CARPARK. This is a rip off, money is for private land owner and is nothing to do with upkeep of the trail. Park across the road at Marble arch caves public car park which is totally free and open all year round.

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Debbie 6 April, 2019 @ 18:40

For those complaining you cant take ur dogs bare in mind the trail is on a working farm and dogs will worry sheep during lambing even the most well behaved of dogs the sheep arent to know.

The guy collecting the fee for carpark was of great assistance and very polite ( car park is £5 or €6 )

Be prepared with some decent footwear basic trainers dont really cut it and the stones dig in to ur feet.

Some of the hills took some climbing but that's more than likely down to myself and my own fitness.

Make sure you pack ur own drinks as their are no shops near by

Will be back again soon

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Adrian Moore 3 April, 2019 @ 09:03

No dogs guys.. as 60% of families have dogs and I'm guessing this was funded by public money then minority rules it seems, I would have been there and staed a couple of nights in Belcoo but like the masses here we won't be near it.. poor decision people.

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Caroline 30 March, 2019 @ 12:18

Why are dogs not allowed? Rather than ban dogs completely, why not designate two or three days in the week when they are allowed. That way everyone is happy. I would love to go there but won’t until dogs are allowed.

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John 4 March, 2019 @ 19:43

This was a brilliant walk, my wife wanted to do it for ages and on the 27/02/19 we headed down from Lisburn, the sun was out and it was dry, great day for it. Took 3 1/2 hours. My only problem was that it states NO DOGS and while we were there we seen 3, one had been running around in the bog land, every other comment is what about respectable dog owners, if you are respectable then leave your dog's at home and respect the reasons for no dog's, Ps i am a dog owner. Great day, great walk,

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Anthony Cullen 21 February, 2019 @ 16:29

Was planning to visit, but to my absolute disgust I found out I can’t bring my dog. Won’t bodder now, will go someplace else. My dog is part of the family, what is this stupid rule all about?

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cathal_56@hotmail.co.uk 13 February, 2019 @ 21:54

Walked from Marble Arch Caves on 13th February 2019 midweek walk was quite windy with gusts going up the boardwalk and handrail section up to the summit. I have done this walk several times from the Swanlinbar side but with the big son found that the end is nigh at the top of the stairway stayed dry for our walk throughout and although wind blowing in our face on the way up its was a welcome blow behind our back on the way down approximately 3,5 hrs to complete the 7,5 mile return trip at 665 ht

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Mike 12 February, 2019 @ 12:10

Pathetic that responsible dog owners can't walk their dogs here

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David Harvey 21 January, 2019 @ 12:48

Was planning on doing this walk, only to discover that dogs are not allowed. I am a responsible dog owner who keeps his dogs on a lead and ALWAYS cleans up after them. Very disappointing indeed and I shall not be visiting. Very poor.

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LiamMcDonagh 29 December, 2018 @ 09:29

Happy days .. No Dogs Allowed. For every responsible dog owner there is two that aren't. The absence of dogs will make this a very much more enjoyable walk for my family. Our family dog will remain at home.

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Grainne murray 24 October, 2018 @ 17:22

Wanted to go but dogs not allowed. 60% of households in Ireland have dogs which are part of the family.

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Mike 8 October, 2018 @ 12:20

Would love to do this walk but as dogs aren't allowed, won't be bothering. People who walk with dogs are responsible dog owners who clean up after themselves and leave them on a lead.

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Leanne 2 September, 2018 @ 22:12

Disappointed dogs not allowed I won’t be doing the walk. Not a dog owners don’t lift up after there dog.

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Gerry 24 July, 2018 @ 22:16

Fantastic walk!

So glad that dogs are not allowed. I like dogs, but sheep and wildlife don't.

I don't need to hike through dog poop either.

Dog owners: Please take your dogs somewhere else (and please pick your dogs poop up as well).

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Victor barber 19 July, 2018 @ 19:55

19-7-18 beautiful day, fantastic idea the board walk, very well made and don’t think it looks out of place in landscape at all. Good crowd and great to see no dogs so the sheep and wildlife seemed at ease with the walkers. BTW I have dogs but don’t like the way some people let them run wild on mountains.

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WalkerNIreview 12 July, 2018 @ 19:09

Lovely walk. However, there are signs that dogs are not allowed, and yet I encountered 5 on the trail. So forget about a peaceful walk...the narrow path includes dogs jumping around. The rule is clearly not enforced which was very disappointing.

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Audrey McGreevy 1 July, 2018 @ 21:12

Fantastic walk, well worth the effort, we'll do e Fermanagh

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Lillian 30 June, 2018 @ 07:37

Beautiful. So lucky to have and we need to appreciate it. Even though bins provided early on on walk people decided to throw empty bottles wipes and rubbish along the trail ??PLEASE PLEASE BRING IT HOME. Enjoyed every minute and very well signposted and maintained.

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CL 25 June, 2018 @ 19:25

Dogs are not allowed, but I there were few dogs on the path.. Amazing trail, the wood path should be bit wide to allow the two walking way.

23/06/18 such a beautiful sunny day!

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H HILL 12 June, 2018 @ 16:03

Disappointed that dogs are not allowed. I was intending to go.

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thesinead9@gmail.com 10 June, 2018 @ 08:05

Oh major disappointment. Just clicked on as ive got up early with the intentions of doing the culcaigh walk today but just realised dogs aren't allowed. It's a no from me!

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Deirdre 4 June, 2018 @ 14:54

Disappointed that dogs are not allowed. I was intending to go.

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kveronica700@gmail.com 26 May, 2018 @ 10:51

A great walk, easy accessable and care free especially so that dogs aren't allowed on it. Peace of mind not having dogs jumping on people, and a boardwalk free of dog poo. I find it annoying when owners let there dogs run free and don't put them on a leash on them in public walking places. So well done Fermanagh county council.

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Fergal 13 April, 2018 @ 22:02

Disappointed as you cannot take your dog. What’s that all about?

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John 30 October, 2017 @ 00:29

I fully agree with Ciaran about the stepped section and would go further and question the Boardwalk in its entirety. I consider the stepped section is totally out of keeping with the wild environment it seeks to protect. It is a monstrosity erected with the help of free EU money and smacks of a local council not really being aware of what they were doing. It should never been allowed. I am all in favour of mountain paths but constructed from local on the mountain sourced materials, rock and hardcore, gravel etc. that will blend with the landscape. This is what is done in the Lake District, Scotland, Austrian Alps etc. to cope with large numbers of walkers and works very well. If the Austrian Alpine Clubs can construct and maintain paths in very difficult terrain surely we can. Could we not learn from the experts ? The urban park construction of the boardwalk does nothing to enhance the landscape. When I last visited Cuilcagh from the Bellavaley Gap there were various parties who were very unprepared for the weather common to exposed locations like Cuilcagh summit. Its very nice on a fine day but totally different with wind and mist not to mention rain, hail, snow. I fear its only a matter of time before there is a casualty from unpreparedness and the lack of understanding of those who engaged in this folly.

Maria 6 August, 2017 @ 19:57

Brilliant day out great for families and a great sense of achievement

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Jonny 4 June, 2017 @ 12:51

Fantastic walk! My girlfriend and I completed this walk on 3/6/17. Experienced every season NI's weather had to offer, but this didn't take away from the experience. We completed the legnabrocky trail on the way up and took the hikers trail down, leading to the cuilcagh forest trail. The terrain on the hikers trail definitely required boots/walking shoes (very marshy). Note the Cuilcagh trail also has marshy ground for half of it, and can expect to meet some farm animals along the way. Prepare with layers, food/water and you're in for a great trek.

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elaine smith 7 May, 2017 @ 22:19

What a great walk today sunday7th may...It is a long trek so bring water..what a beautiful part of the country, and a great view from the top. Had no bother getting out on the road for home...

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Carl 17 April, 2017 @ 17:17

Climbed Cuilcagh Mountain today (Easter Monday). Brilliant track - we would never have been able to climb it without it. We got there early (approx 9..15am) and were well directed into the car park. However the day was spoilt when we tried to leave the area. Absolutely NO traffic management - cars parked all along the road sides which left one narrow lane and as cars continued to arrive, there was no way to exit. Complete traffic jam for a hour - the Security men standing at the carpark entrance would be much more useful ensuring traffic continues to flow on the roads. Such a shame to end a lovely walk sitting in the car for an hour going nowhere. Will be choosing a different walk next time.

Sean Drain 31 January, 2017 @ 23:05

Just completed the walk today 31/1/17 with my wife. Although it was a fair old trek to the top the views were well worth it. One piece of advice if your not an experienced hill walker like ourselves, wrap up well and take something to eat & drink. The winter wind was really cold on the way up. We completed it up and down in just under 3 hrs and we would be fairly fit. Also leave ample time to get back down before dark at this time of year. Wouldn't want to be up there at dark! We witnessed a few people leaving the car park at 3pm. No chance of getting up and down before dusk.

★★★★★
Bill Guiller 24 January, 2017 @ 20:54

Fantastic walk that i only found out about on social media (Facebook), travelled from Larne to Fermanagh, well worth the visit, not long until i visit again, loved th boardwalk thing.

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Tom 24 January, 2017 @ 13:23

Completed this on 22 January 2017. Outstanding, awesome, magnificent - certainly one of the best walks in NI. The boardwalk and steps allow for access by so many. Social media seems to have had a positive impact on this also as we must have encountered sevaral hundered people on the mountain (90% of whom were in the 18-25 bracket several of whom said they had seen it on Facebook - great to see). Downside - carparking - with so many folk out, cars were parked for over a mile beyond the entrance. Food for thought perhaps.

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MAPB 18 December, 2016 @ 12:07

Great morning out 3-4 hours walk bring a flask or juice/water for journey and at the top. Lovely view good for the mind body and soul lol??. Would strongly agree with Paul's comments re this project. Saw a family walking along with three teenage boys alldiscussing their education, careers great to see family bonding in the technological era. SO GET UP AND WALK CUILACH U CAN REWARD YOURSELF WITH AN ICE-CREAM AFTER! We did??.

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Noelle 28 August, 2016 @ 09:17

Great me and my family loved it and we climbed it on a very hot day. Some of my family got very tired walking up it but walking down no bother to any of us. Very long 3-4 hrs

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Paul 27 August, 2016 @ 22:28

A fabulous walk thoroughly enjoyed by myself, wife, daughter (11) and son (5). We are not experienced hill walkers and hadn't walked Cuilcagh before. Tough enough wee trek and well chuffed that my kids were able to reach the summit..... Especially the wee man. The views are spectacular when you get to the top. Must say, Ciaran's comments are badly misguided. The SOLE reason the boardwalk was installed was to PROTECT the blanket bog. It is a consequential by-product that the boardwalk enables many more people to access the top of this exquisite mountain. We got to the top and back in just over 3 hours.

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Brian 15 August, 2016 @ 22:02

Wife and I completed this walk Mon 15th Aug 2016. What a wonderful day Beautiful weather Fantastic panoramic views. Got to the Cairn and back safely. Tired but very happy Senior Citizens. Highly recommend.

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Ralph 7 August, 2016 @ 11:26

Completed the walk yesterday and it was fantastic! Brilliant insight and brave decision by the Council to construct the boardwalk - Ciaran's rant is ridiculous, especially as he lauds the walk, but not the steps? One leads onto the other; they are one and the same route and have been designed to get folks to the summit safely. There are abundant notices about the weather closing in and the risks of being ill-equipped. Any walk in the hills comes with the same health warnings - people have to be allowed to take risks and make their own choices. By the way, if you are lucky enough to get to the top and the cairn, and on a clear day like yesterday, you've made your own 'luck' - the views are truly wonderful and spectacular; and worth every step of the way...

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Declan Gorman 31 May, 2016 @ 21:00

Just being reading CIaran s shock/horror re the staircase.Very typical purist,leave it alone the way I want it and do not let others enjoy an alternative way of seeing the panoramic beauty of natures creation,not even as far as the top of the staircase.Keep them on the bottom on a platform looking up at the pure hill walker in his stride!

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Admin 2 March, 2016 @ 11:49

From Fermanagh and Omagh District Council:

Re Comment submitted on 15th Jan 2016, boardwalk on Cuilcagh Mountain - The reason the boardwalk was constructed on Cuilcagh was to protect the European Listed Priority Habitat of Blanket Bog in the Cuilcagh Special Area of Conservation, from being damaged by footfall. Providing enhanced access to Cuilcagh was never a consideration at any time. With reference to the staircase – taking into consideration the steep gradient of the mountain it was necessary from a health and safety perspective to step the boardwalk on the steeper climbs thereby reducing the slippage risk for users. Furthermore, from an engineering perspective you will notice that due to the natural undulating nature of the ground, there can be quite a drop from board to bog and so again, for the health and safety of patrons a handrail was necessary. Nonetheless, Council does appreciate the boardwalk has attracted a lot of under prepared / inexperienced walkers to ascend the mountain. While it is great to see people out enjoying their natural environment where they wouldn’t necessarily have before, it does bring associated risks. Council has taken reasonable care to warn walkers of likely hazards that may be encountered on a mountain environment. Safety advice has been published in associated walking guides and interpretation panels for Cuilcagh. The Council is also working with other agencies to educate users of the Countryside on best practice and sensible safety measures. FODC are engaging with the Department of the Environment to review this matter and to see if any changes / improvements are required.

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Ciaran vesey 15 January, 2016 @ 13:41

I completed the CuilcaghWay early in 2014 and enjoyed it so much I vowed to return ASAP. Definitely a 5 star walk! However,to my horror, on my return in summer 2015,on my approach to the mountain itself I was confronted by an ugly scar on its flank.

When closer I discovered this disfigurement to be a monstrous wooden staircase(with handrails!) The stepped sections,and the 450 steps staircase,covering the final 100metres ascent. Including the boardwalk (which was badly needed) this violation of Cuilcagh cost £250,000 (courtesy of Europe)

The boardwalk was a necessary upgrade to facilitate safe access to this "area of outstanding natural beauty,"while protecting the blanket bog. It's boards will weather with time and blend in with the landscape. The stepped sections, and the intrusive and incongruous staircase,will remain as a Folly for future generations.

I also believe this Folly constitutes a potentially serious health and safety threat to inexperienced and ill prepared walkers.It provides easy access to the expansive mountain plateau with all it's inherent dangers. These include rough terrain,sheer drops on much of its flanks,sink holes and the prospect of rapidly deteriorating weather conditions. All potentially fatal for the unsuspecting novice walker.

In conclusion I reiterate my firm belief that the erection of the staircase was a misguided and rapacious assault on the integrity of one of this island's finest mountains. I implore those entrusted with it's care to consider, at least, the removal of the staircase and replacing it with a viewing platform near the base.

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