Cross Beach Loop Walk, Erris Peninsula, Co. Mayo

Looped walk | 5.06 km | Co. Mayo | Easy walk

Trail Description

Beautiful coastal trail starting at the old Cross Abbey ruins, along the beach front. The Iniskea islands are visible from the shore line and the beach extends for approximately 2.5km. This walk is best done at low tide so as to make use of the extensive strand. A black post marked with the trail arrows on your left points you through through a marked pathway along the sand dunes and linking to a Cross lake. This lake is known for its swans and variety of wildlife. The lake shore road continues and veers left and links back up to the Cross Abbey starting point. A wonderfully refreshing walk for any time of year! Directions from Belmullet town- drive across the bridge and follow the signs for 'An Fód Dubh' (Blacksod), drive approximately 5km and turn right at the Church in Binghamstown (An Géata Mór). You will pass Belderragh beach on your right and continue on this road until you see the sign post directing you to the starting point for Cross loop walk. There is plenty of parking here at the starting point of the walk. Enjoy!

Trail Comments

"This walk is best done at low tide so as to make use of the extensive strand." This is an understatement!! This is not a walk I would recommend unless you have a tide out. The rocks you have to cross over are very dangerous. Very limitd parking. The hill section going over the dunes is very steep and dangerous.

Posted by InisGe on June 16th, 2014 - 13:29:54

I have walked this route 10 times. Beautiful all year round. Low tide best for transition from West beach (always a strand) to the Sout-West Beach. Some 200 yards of beach pebble to cross if tide in.My 70 year old mother walked up & down the grass covered sand dune! Decline has a rope for those that need it.Aim id to stop at the top and admire 360 degree view of Erris.A must if in the area. Extra car parking 200 yards away at the new graveyard en route to the old grave yard starting point.

Posted by MJK on April 20th, 2015 - 14:10:24

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