Distance: 5km Time: 1hr15mins 1hr30mins
Trailhead: Ballinaboola Woods Car Park, Ardpatrick, Co Limerick
A-B. Starting from trailhead, follow the green (and purple) arrows uphill from the car park. The purple arrows are for the longer Ballinaboola Loop. After 300m you reach a crossroads from where the loop begins. You will return to here later now turn left.
B-C. Follow the forestry road for 800m to reach a 3-way junction where both loops veer right and uphill. Now follows a 1km ascent along forestry road along which the loop is crossed by cycle tracks. At the top of the climb the loop swings right and after 100m is joined by the long-distance Ballyhoura Way (yellow arrows) at a 3-way junction. Continue straight at this junction but, after only 100m turn left at the next 3-way junction.
C-D. Now the loop begins to descend and after more than 1km you reach a Y-junction where the purple Ballinaboola Loop veers left and uphill. You veer right and downhill following the green (and yellow) arrows.
D-A. Continue to descend and after 500m you reach the crossroads from where you started the loop. This time go straight across and enjoy the last 300m back to the trailhead.
Now for the adventurous why not try the longer Ballinaboola Loop!