Time: 2½ to 3 hours
This walk commences on the R245 at Woodquarter Forest Pier.
(1) with parking facilities and if you wish to spend some time there you can walk through the forest and enjoy breath taking views of Mulroy Bay. After parking your car take a left on exiting the layby and continue walking on the R245 through Cratlagh Wood. This walk will take you past the Glen Road End
(2) The Shoe Maker’s Corner
(3) The Wildcats
(4) The Chains
(5) and Pedlar’s Knowe
(6) before you come to Perry’s
(7) which is a house to your left with a high wall. Major and Mrs Perry owned this house and were aristocrats from the 1920’s to the 1960’s and gave employment to many in the area. The Perry family no longer own this house. (An Scathlan/Mass Rock, from Penal Times, is 50 Metres ahead, on the right, if you wish to view it).
(8) As you pass this high wall take the next road on your right, the L5362, known locally as The Old Road.
(9) The Waterfall will greet you. Mickey Mannie Mc Fadden wrote a song about this Waterfall, “To Dwell Along That Lovely Font We Call The Waterfall”. Rest a moment while you listen to the tranquil sound of the Water flowing as you will need your energy to then walk up
(10) the Red Brae. Before this road was tarred it had red stone on it hence the name Red Brae. As you walk over the
Moss Road (11) and pass
Harry’s Lane (12) it takes you to
the Fairy Rock (13) on your left. Then you pass
the Bumby Knowe (14) to your right. As you walk along this road you pass by
Boulkey’s Well (16), and
Road Sticks (17) which is the road to your left that takes you to Meeins. Continue on to a short incline called
Jean’s Brae (18), it was where all the horses stopped for a rest while pulling heavy loads. Then you go over the
Sinking Bridge (19) and continue on straight until you approach a farm yard to your right and again the beautiful Mulroy Bay comes into view. Stop, rest and breathe in this beautiful sight. The road to your right is known as
the Mass Pad (20), which is a short cut for the people living on this road to the Chapel in Coole. You also can take this shortcut but if you are feeling energetic, continue another half mile to the end of this road and you will see,
“The Charming Braes of Drim” (21) again the name of a song written by Mickey Mannie Mc Fadden. Take the road to your right and on a good day you will see the Inishowen Mountains. Wander freely to the next junction with the
Old Coole School (22), closed since June 1969, to your right and
the Coole Chapel (23) built in 1954. Turn left at this junction and continue down
Curley’s Brae (24). You then pass the site of the
Old Paídie’s Shop (25) on the left. You will come to a high stone wall on your right which is said to be the site of an
old graveyard (26). To your left is the Stepping Stones over the
Big Burn at Mc Connells Corner (27). Continue down
Mc Illwane’s Brae (28) where the beautiful Mulroy Bay comes into view once more. Before reaching a shed to your left this was known as
Tam Headley’s corner (29). Turn right at this junction on to
The Midtown Lane (30). At the main road R245 turn right. You will pass
Hemple’s Lane (31) on your right, then the
Gap Rock’s (32) to your left and you come to a dip in the road before Woodquarter Layby and this is where the 3rd Earl of Leitrim was shot (2nd April 1878) because of his harsh treatment of his tenants with eviction etc. The men who carried out this deed came across Mulroy Bay on a boat and ambushed him with his drivers. It is always said that he met his death in Cratlagh Wood but in fact it was Woodquarter because at that time in 1878 this area would still have been heavily wooded and a continuation of Cratlagh Wood.
3km of this route is on the R245 which is a busy road and may not be suitable for childrens’ cycling.
A short route can be taken by turning right at the Junction (2), Glen Road, to continue to Junction (23) at Cool Chapel.