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9. The Clogher Valley Scenic Drive

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The Clogher Valley Scenic Drive


The Clogher Valley Scenic Drive is ideally accessed from Fivemiletown, seven miles west of Clogher. Although there are some signposts for the drive, it's best to take an Ordnance Survey map as back up! 

The complete circuit runs for about 25 miles in a loop either side of the A4, but the southerly section is easily the more enjoyable and takes you into the most isolated part of country outside the Sperrins.
 
From Fivemiletowm head south at the crossroads and once you've picked up the first sign you'll find yourself on narrow woodland lanes gradually ascending towards Slieve Beagh.  As the route enters moorland, you traverse the Ulster Way, and the whole valley can be surveyed from the car park viewpoint before you descend into Fardross Forest.
 
A few miles on, look out on your left for Brackenridge's Folly, a three tiered hilltop tower named after George Brackenridge. Fed up with being looked down upon by country squires when he was alive, he decided to ensure that they would look up to him after his death! 
 

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