THE OLD BUTTER ROAD
JOINT PROJECT of
-SCHULL AND DISTRICT COMMUNITY COUNCIL
-BALLYDEHOB COMMUNITY COUNCIL
-SCHULL COMMUNITY COLLEGE COMMUNITY LINK PROJECT
The idea of developing a linear walkway along the route of the Old Butter Road, from Schull to Ballydehob, has been looked at from time to time with, various interested parties investigating its potential development. Now, it is slowly becoming a reality. A dedicated team from both Community Councils, in conjunction with Schull Community College Link Project, have been working away quietly in an effort to have this 8km linear scenic stretch open to the public, throughout the year.
The route begins at the Old Mill house, and, traverses east, along the grassy track to a stream crossing. An information plaque on the route, designed by SCC students, Meg Minihane, Michelle O’Connor, and David O’Reilly, provides sketch maps and brief history on the origins of the Old Butter Road. From the stream, a gentle steady climb brings the walker through beautiful scenic vistas, with Mt. Gabriel, and its southern slopes to the North, and Schull Harbour opening up, with altitude, to the South West. Passing working farms, whose owners have kindly co-operated in facilitating development of the route, the road crosses the tarred road at the Woodlands. From there it carries on over a rough track, from whence it emerges again onto the tarred road at Kilbronogue.
Heading east the route was initially intended to join the old tram rail line at Stouke Cross, and follow on to the Twelve Arch Bridge at Ballydehob. This stage of the route has yet to be developed, and, in the meantime, the walkway continues on from Kilbronogue, on tarred minor road, through the townland of Cappaghnacallee, and via Stouke graveyard, east through Shanavagh to the Twelve Arch Bridge.
Enjoy this special local historical and scenic amenity project.
View Photos below –
a) Stream at low level – with the stepping stones visible.
b) Following 4 photos show the steam at medium flooding – where the stepping stones are 12 inches underwater – CAUTION – River current makes crossing dangerous.