Statistics: mileage 12 miles ascent 2438′ descent 2746′
As we entered the dining room the next morning, we found a bountiful breakfast table which Catherine had set for the eight of us. After breakfast, she described the path to rejoin the Kerry Way from her B&B which she said would take about 10 minutes. This path went straight up a hill behind her house for 40 minutes, while traversing a rain-sodden, muddy trail. We did find this little guy along the way, however.
Further up the trail we got a great view of the B&B looking back towards Cahersiveen and the Valencia River.
This overcast day allowed occasional views of the lower areas. As we hiked along the hillsides the clouds would rise or drop on us as we walked through wild pastureland or moors, rapidly changing the distances we could see.
From our next vantage point, we looked down the Inny River Valley to the range of hills bordering the far side of the valley, the crest of which we would walk all the way to Waterville.
The climb up to that crest was a little wild as we pushed aside wet bracken and bushes.
We were quite the point of interest to the grazing youth of the cattle world.
As we approached the end of the crestline part of the trail, Waterville came into view with Lough Currane off to the left and the Atlantic Ocean straight ahead!
Waterville is a seaside village with colorful buildings and a narrow park and beach along the oceanside of the main road through the town. Interestingly, the townspeople have memorialized Charlie Chaplin with a statue in that park; Waterville was one of his favorite spots in Ireland and he regularly vacationed there with his family.
Our B&B for the night was Cliffords Oceanview B&B which was toward the end of town and conveniently situated next to a tea and pastry shop! Needless to say, we did take advantage of the shop’s goods. Abbie, our host, was very helpful in recommending restaurants and booking a taxi needed for our next day’s unique adventure. (Yes, we took a rest day in Waterville – although it did not prove to be much of a rest.)