Take the N59 (Leenane Road) from Westport, go through Knappagh and turn right at the Owenwee sign. Pass the entrance to Brackloon Wood on the right, take the next turn left and continue for about 1.5km. The walk starts at a junction, just before a bridge over the Owenwee River.
Take the road to the right (don’t cross the river
). Follow the boreen for 5km or so, as it winds its way through farmland along one side of a broad valley, crossing a number of small streams. Croagh Patrick is the dominating feature of this part of the walk; the back of the mountain draws ever nearer, and the well worn pilgrims path stands out like a wide gash in its side