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Fowley’s Falls is one of the best kept secrets of north Leitrim. Where the Glenanniff River travels down from the mountains above, it has eroded the local blue limestone to form a deep river valley, writes Martin Branagan.
Unlike the more popular Glencar waterfall, Fowley’s Falls is not a single drop waterfall; instead it cascades in a series of drops over the exposed bedrock to form a spectacular torrent of water rushing through the steep valley towards Lough Melvin.
In the early 1980’s a scheme was organised to clear a path to make the falls accessible to walkers and anyone simply wishing to enjoy its unique beauty. When the scheme ended the walkway gradually fell into a state of disrepair. In 2003 Rossinver Community Development Company (RCDC) decided to restore the walk in keeping with the original vision, which was to keep the walk as natural as possible with minimal interference with the natural ecosystem.
The total length of the walk is around one and tree quarter miles (around 3 kilometres) and is an easy yet extremely enjoyable walk for adults and children alike. Definitely to be considered if you are in the area.
A big thank you to Brian Bacon for these fabulous photos.
Martin Branagan is a co-founder of LeitrimExperience.ie and is passionate about promoting Leitrim as a tourist destination. Under the LoveLeitrim banner, Martin is touring the county in search of its hidden gems.
A Dubliner by birth and Leitrim resident by choice, Martin can be contacted on +353 (0)86 173 8417 for all advertising queries.
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