Met Éireann forecaster Joanna Donnelly, starts her walk in the peaceful border village of Blacklion. Blacklion is a two and half hour drive from Dublin and the Cavan Burren Park is a hidden gem close to the borders of Fermanagh and Monaghan. Joanna explores two of the four different trails on the Cavan Burren Way during which she will examine monuments, including archaeological and historic trails.
On her first 5km loop she walks from Blacklion, through Carnagee and passes an old lime kiln. She meets Grainne O’Connor a guide for the Marble Arch UNESCO Geopark. Grainne shows Joanna the interpretative centre which outlines the scale of the Geopark and emphasises its’ limestone geological features. They ascend through delightful Woodland to the Radharc Corr na Gaoithe, ‘The Round Hill of the Wind’, which has breathtaking views across seven counties. Joanna makes her way through the heather and flat bogland to the Cavan Burren Park.
The second part of the walk covers the 5km Giants Leap trail. Joanna meets Andy King a Geopark guide, who is an expert on flora and Heather Bothwell who knows the insect life of the area. One feature of her walk is the Calf House Dolmen Trail, where she meets Jim Nolan an archaeologist and folklore expert. He shows Joanna the Calf House Dolmen tomb.
In the conifer forest Jim points out glacial rocks and stone circles, which are significant features of the aerial glacial erratic prehistoric landscape. Here she concludes her walk of Cavan Burren Park, taking in the scenery and beautiful sunset. She reflects on how surprised and excited she was by what she discovered on this 10km walk in North County Cavan.