Patrick O’Brien tells us about a quick walk to the summit of Knockfeerina in County Limerick with his son Dillon.
Weekends have become busy of late so when the chance arises to get out and walk we make the best of it. Knockfeerina is a High Point we have had our eye on for a while as it looked like it wasn’t too strenuous and was less than an hour away from us. Dillon and I set off after lunch last Saturday on a cool but dry day seeing wonderful Autumn colours throughout the journey to “The Red Road” not far from Ballingarry for the start of the walk. The red road is a common walking spot in the area with lots of off shoots and loops commemorating locals that died during the famine times. The remains of many famine cottages can be seen along the walk also.
The route to the summit of Knockfeerina is straightforward with amazing views towards Foynes, Shannon and Limerick as you walk. From the top the views across Munster are even more spectacular again with the Ballyhouras and Galty mountains not too far in the distance. The summit has a trig pillar, a cross and a mast.
After we logged the visit on Peakhunter we set off back for the car and suddenly it was like an outdoor gym as we met lots of people out running and jogging on the great trails. This area is very suitable for family walks with only slight gradual climbs, plenty to see and great direction signs. We spent almost 2 hours in the area covering 5km on our walk to and back from the summit. More details and pictures on Dillon’s blog,