Blackwater Way Trail – E8 European Walking Route, Cork to Dublin, Ireland

  • Author:ActiveME
  • Created: August 28, 2012
  • Updated: December 12, 2017
Location: Cork
  • DistanceInstructions
  • Distance223.53 km
  • Time0 s
  • Speed0.0 km/h
  • Min altitude24 m
  • Peak588 m
  • Climb2889 m
  • Descent2759 m

The Blackwater Way long-distance walking trail is a moderate 10 day walking route that follows the valley of the River Blackwater in Ireland. It is 165 kilometres (103 miles) long and begins in Clogheen, County Tipperary, passing through the counties of Waterford and Cork and ends in Shrone, County Kerry, Ireland.  It combines two walking routes, the Avondhu Way between Clogheen, Tipperary and Bweeng, Cork and the Duhallow Way between Bweeng, Cork and Shrone, Kerry.

It is designated as a National Waymarked Trail by the National Trails Office of the Irish Sports Council and is managed by Avondhu Tourism and IRD Duhallow. 

The Avondhu Way section crosses the Knockmealdown Mountains to reach the town of Fermoy and then crosses the northern flanks of the Nagles Mountains to reach Bweeng via Ballyhooly and Ballynamona. The Duhallow Way section crosses the Boggeragh and Derrynasaggart Mountains to reach Shrone via Millstreet.

The Blackwater Way forms part of European walking route E8 which runs from Dursey Island in County Cork to Istanbul in Turkey. The Irish section incorporates the Wicklow Way, the South Leinster Way, the East Munster Way, the Blackwater Way and parts of the Kerry Way and the Beara Way. The Blackwater Way connects with the East Munster Way at Clogheen. There is no marked trail connecting the Blackwater Way with the Kerry Way; an unmarked route connects Shrone with the start of the Kerry Way in Killarney.

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