This walk is part of the trek Keady - A Walk thru' History.
Route goes through Darkley Village past Darkley Mill & Chimney, off-road past Darkley Lake, follows narrow roads past Darkley Lake, Tullynawood Lake, Gentle Owens Lake, Clay Ringfort & Souterrain and Clea Lake, Then along Clay Road, past Cargaclogher Ancient Enclosure and descend to Keady. We take a short loop, past Keady Monument and Old Mill to finish at the Tommy Makem Arts & Community Centre. This is a hilly walk and, on the lane/track past Darkley Lake, it can be rough underfoot and wet.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
Start at the bus shelter on the north edge of Darkley Village.
(D) Go up to the junction and turn left into Main Street, Darkley. With Darkley Mill Chimney to your left hand side, turn right onto lane/track. Turn sharp left to follow the track along the tree line. Follow the track as it turns left and past Darkley Lake to left hand side.
(1) Turn left along the road (Tullynawood Road). Along this narrow road, Darkley Lake is down to your left hand side. At 1.24 miles, Tullynawood Lake can be seen to the front left. Turn left onto a narrow road and follow for 270 yards to a small car park next to Tullynawood Lake (the view from the car park, over the lake and the surrounding countryside is beautiful). Exit the car park, turn left and retrace your steps back along the narrow road, to the junction.
(2) Turn left along Tullynawood Road. Immediately past the old farmhouse (Lake View), turn right into Cargaclogher Road. As you climb up this narrow road, look back for some great views over Tullynawood Lake. Turn left onto the narrow road. Stay straight on past narrow road to left hand side. Stay straight on past narrow road to right hand side.
(3) At T-junction, turn right onto Clay Road. (TAKE CARE along this road). After a short distance, look down to the left hand side to see Gentle Owens Lake. By large double-fronted house, turn left onto the narrow road. After 125 yards the road turns right, then after another150 yards veers left and then right. There are views to the left, over Gentle Owens Lake and on the right is an ancient rath and souterrain. Please take care as this road is winding with many blind corners.
(4) At T-junction, turn right. Now on Castleblayney Road. Follow the road as it turns right and past the lane to the left hand side. Follow the road as it turns left and past the lane to the right hand side. Follow the road as it turns left and past the lane to the right hand side.
(5) At bottom of the hill, and with works in front, turn right onto the narrow road. Soon Clea Lake will come into view in front and to your left. You should have some good views of the lake along this hilly and winding road.
(6) At T-junction, turn left. Now on Clay Road. Clay Road is usually busier than the narrow roads we have used and there is no pavement, so please take great care. Soon Clea Lake will be visible again to your left hand side. Stay straight on past Cargaclogher Road to your right hand side. 75 yards past the junction, in the field to the left is a raised part of the ground. This is the remains of an ancient rath.
(7) At T-junction (soon after entering Keady) turn left along Victoria Street, staying on the left hand side pavement. Continue along left hand side pavement as it turns left into Bridge Street. Straight on across Davis Street. Then turn right to cross Market Street to Keady Monument. Then cross over the 2nd part of Market Street and go straight on along Kinelowen Street. After just 35 yards, turn right to cross over Kinelowen Street, via the pelican crossing, to Keady Mill. (There are some information boards to read here). Turn right, along the walled footpath, then soon left into Bridge Street and past Keady Library. Immediately past the library, turn left along the pavement, and zig-zag past the metal bollards to finish at the Tommy Makem Arts and Community Centre.(A)
D : km 0 - alt. 205m - Darkley Village
1 : km 1 - alt. 217m - Tullynawood Road
2 : km 2.75 - alt. 212m - Tullynawood Road
3 : km 4.5 - alt. 217m - Clay Road
4 : km 6.1 - alt. 223m - Castleblayney Road
5 : km 7.2 - alt. 194m - Bottom of the hill
6 : km 8.08 - alt. 200m - Clay Road
7 : km 10.56 - alt. 160m - Victoria Street
A : km 11.1 - alt. 156m - Keady
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