Best of the year – 3. Closer to home

Stone Row, Mount Corrin

Recalling my best hiking and sketching memories of 2017

After my hikes in North Yorkshire and the Beara Peninsula, I stayed a little closer to home. I am lucky enough to live close to the Sheep’s Head Way and have walked it many times. With Herself, we created a book ‘Walking the Sheep’s Head Way‘ describing the main route and all of the loop walks.

I re-walked the Sheep’s Head trails, made longer hikes around the peninsula and explored sections that have been re-routed since I last walked them. I made the long, muddy hike from Kealkill to Gougane Barra on St Finbarr’s Way.

I also explored one of the routes from Bonane through the Sheen Valley, the Cailleach Beara Loop.

Just before Christmas I tested my limits on Carrauntoohil on a wonderful day on Ireland’s highest mountain with my son Will. We didn’t quite make the summit but the views were awe-inspiring. The views tested the limits of my sketching ability too so I posted photos, just for once, but did later make just one sketch. This day was probably the best experience of the year!

Caher Ridge, Carrauntoohil
Caher Ridge, Carrauntoohil

Here’s to happy hiking, or whatever you enjoy in 2018!


  1. freespiral2016

    Some wonderful sketches in this entry – my faves would be Cul na Long and the heathery look-out post. Caher Ridge is pretty impressive too – literally and figuratively!

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