Stairway to Heaven

It’s been a very long time since my last blog post. But, after reaching new heights, I thought it was worth creating a post to share my latest adventure.

My friend Bronagh has compiled a 40 before 40 bucket list. One of her to dos was the Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail – also nicknamed the Stairway to Heaven Walk – in Co. Fermanagh. I have seen this walk on social media and really was keen to give it a try so I jumped at Bronagh’s offer to accompany her on the trek. Hikes aren’t in my comfort zone and I usually opt for the sea over rugged terrain, but with a well established path, I felt this trail would be a good introduction to the mountains.

After close to two hours driving, we reached the car park and got our bearings. The route, which meanders through one of the largest expanses of blanket bog in Northern Ireland, started with a gravel trail which leads on to a boardwalk and finally a staircase.

The trail alternates from gentle inclines to a few steeper climbs. The scenery throughout is majestic with signage to highlight wildlife you might see on your hike and a view point to showcase the focal points of the stunning skyline.

The climax of the trek is a steep staircase which leads to the peak of Cuilcagh Mountain. It’s a steep climb – which resulted in lots of huffing and puffing from me – but it was worth it to reach the viewing platform at the top, which provides breath taking views of the surrounding vista.

Whilst we were absolutely knackered by the time we got back to the car, we both were extremely proud of reaching the peak. It was a truly memorable experience and one item of Bronagh’s bucket list well and truly ticked off.

Posted: 25 September 2022

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