The Fuchsia Walk is a 6.6 km short distance walk, starting and finishing in the village of Coppeen. The route comprises entirely of way marked roadways, mostly quiet country routes, apart from the last section which is along a short stretch of main road. The walk rises a distance of 100 meters at points on the route, and then descends back into the village, where parking and other amenities are available.
The entire route is marked by signage posts; this route in particular being the fuchsia route and is marked by red arrows.
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Coppeen Village W 31 7 60 4
This walk gently ascends uphill for approx. ½ Klm. A viewing point here (forestry plantation on each side) gives a wonderful panoramic view including; (South) Corran Hill, Carrigfadda, Nowen Hill, Shehy, Carrantuohill, Mangerton, The Paps, & Mullaghanish. The road then winds along towards a four cross road junction (Slieveowen) where you take a right (house on left) Along this relatively level route admire the great views to the right, with fuchsia in profusion, larch forestry on left (neat standing stone in cottage garden on right) Turn right at the next ´T´ junction (ringfort on left) view on left towards Gurranareigh & Greenhill with valley sweeping down to the River Bride. Right at next junction, which ascends beyond forestry on right, looking across towards Lackanashinnagh on your left. Great view from the top of the hill: east to Cork airport & west to Shehy. From here on it´s mostly downhill towards Coppeen village (Cross´s Forge last house on left – five generations of smiths traded here) Take great care as you walk along a short stretch of main road back into the village, admiring the wonderful view to the west. By now you should be ready for a cool drink or some delicious bar food at “An Caipín” (Tell them we sent you, and they´ll take great care of you!)
This route takes you past a number of sites of historical interest, including a number of ringforts and fullacht fia sites, with the wedge tomb “Labbaowen” located nearby (in state forestry plantation at Slieveowen). A ringfort on the left as you approach the ´T´ junction overlooks that stretch of countryside. The next crossroads was known as “Croisantailúir” (The Tailors Cross) The remains of an old road which divided Munigave East from Munigave West can be seen if you look carefully. Look to your left as you pass the last signage post, and you´ll see Cross´s Forge (now shut down) where five generations of smiths carried on the trade. The old smithy is in good repair, outwardly unchanged since its working days.