Date: 7th January 2018
Number in party: 4
Leader: Barry Kennedy
Weather: Dry and warm, patches of ice along the route
Height Gain: 304m
I had originally planned to head out on the hills on my own but my family decided to join me for the walk. The 12 O’Clock Hills is a relatively new trail just outside Sixmilebridge in Clare. Its a enjoyable walk across different terrain (forest, trail, sleepers, mud) with some incredible views on a clear day like today.
Parts of the forest trail were quite muddy. The path up to the first peak can be quite steep and the icy conditions made it harder than normal. I’m sure my family found it tough but the view at the top makes it all worthwhile.
The Blue Route is 8.5 km and there’s a about 304m height gain. There are two hills (295m and 309m) with a trig point and sundial compass at the higher peak. It took us 3 hours to complete the full loop from Torpey’s Cark Park.
If anyone’s looking for a nice walk in Clare, I’d strongly recommend checking out the 12 O’Clock hills. The voluntary committee do a great job maintaining the trails