Caher River Valley Loop Walk

  • Author:ActiveME
  • Created: August 28, 2012
  • Updated: December 12, 2017
Location: Clare
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  • Distance22.39 km
  • Time0 s
  • Speed0.0 km/h
  • Min altitude26 m
  • Peak310 m
  • Climb665 m
  • Descent667 m

A long but moderate loop walk in the famous Burren with its unique terrain and fauna. The peaks of Gleninagh and Dobhach Mountains offer fantastic views over the nearby landscapes.

The Caher River is the only stream that remains on the surface in the Burren. It flows in a pre-glacial valley and has kept its surface course due to the thick calcareous drift deposits that partly infilled the valley. In its upper reaches, karstification is beginning and the stream appears and disappears under low flow conditions. On the flanks of Slieve Elva to the west, and above the infill, tributary streams have formed the Pollnagollum-Poulelva system, which is Ireland's longest and third deepest cave and is an excellent excuse to visit. Parking is limited, in a small laybay on the west of the road, from where this view was taken.

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A long but moderate loop walk in the famous Burren with its unique terrain and fauna. The peaks of Gleninagh and Dobhach Mountains offer fantastic views over the nearby landscapes.

The Caher River is the only stream that remains on the surface in the Burren. It flows in a pre-glacial valley and has kept its surface course due to the thick calcareous drift deposits that partly infilled the valley. In its upper reaches, karstification is beginning and the stream appears and disappears under low flow conditions. On the flanks of Slieve Elva to the west, and above the infill, tributary streams have formed the Pollnagollum-Poulelva system, which is Ireland’s longest and third deepest cave and is an excellent excuse to visit. Parking is limited, in a small laybay on the west of the road, from where this view was taken.

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