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An Daingean
52.14083,-10.26889 (1*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Jonathan Gurney (08/09/2008)

'An urban ford with a small fast-flowing stream crossing a minor road (or perhaps an alley would be more accurate). Bothar an Uisge is not shown on most street maps - it lies off The Mall near the junction with John Street. Concrete bed, footbridge, about 15cm deep.'

52.3484,-7.4236 (3*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by Tom Maxwell (23/01/2006)

'In County Kilkenny, just outside Carrick-On-Suir. Coming from Piltown along the N24 turn right as the road dips into the valley, take the left road, which leads up to the river; circa 700m off the N24.

The bottom is loose rocks and is typically 0.5m deep. It is 10m accross and suitable for off-roaders only.'

52.24694,-9.99303 (2*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by Huw Williams (15/08/2008)

'On the Dingle peninsular, just 1 mile to the east of the village of Castlegregory. Located on a public track running along the coast behind the dunes, so sandy in parts. The bottom is loose rocks and typically 0.3m deep and approx 5m across and probably suitable for off-roaders only . There is a small footbridge alongside, as this is part of the Kerry Way.'

Clapper Bridge
53.7181,-9.9889 (4*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by John Bruce (11/03/2011)

'Unclassified road 8km SW of the village of Louisburg in Co. Mayo, Republic of Ireland. approximately 50 metres across. 3* (4x4 and trail type motorcycles only). On the day I visited it there had been a couple of days heavy rain and other streams and rivers were higher than normal. I experienced 12 - 18 inches of water and the ford had a gravel and large pebble bottom which was uniform throughout the crossing and quite firm. The approach roads were gravel/pebble and grass with evidence of some vehicular traffic. A 150 year old stone walkway allows pedestrian access across the river.'

Coney Island Tidal Crossing
54.2883,-8.5807 (4*) Tidal
Sent in by Nicholas Woollett (04/03/2005)

'It is quite long with a hard surface marked out by substantial markers and we drove about halfway along before turning back. It is a lovely part of the world and the New York Coney Island is named after this Coney Island. The causeway is used a lot by locals wanting a day by the sea but beware there are no tide tables exhibited.

After our semi crossing we could see the estuary and the marker posts and it seemed that the causeway was covered with water when we had been along it only 5 minutes earlier so BEWARE.'

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Fenit Tidal Crossing
52.3248,-9.8832 Image Wanted!

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52.98797,-6.41348 Image Wanted!
Sent in by Sven Rosvall

'One famous ford is in beautiful Glenmalure in Wicklow mountains. It is a public road leading to a small youth hostel on an unpaved road. The road is paved to the car park beside the ford. The ford is a concrete slab with 4-8 inches of water. Easy to pass with most vehicles.'

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52.20571,-10.0493 (1*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Huw Williams (15/08/2008)

'Located at the top end of the picturesque Glentenassig Forest Park, about 4 miles inland from Castlegregory. The park has a circular track of crushed stone, which is open to the public and is ok for normal cars. The ford has a base of laid stone and was dry during a particularly wet period of summer. The ford probably only has running water when the adjacent lough is overflowing. Worth the trek up here just for the views and well laid out paths around the loughs.'

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Inishnakillew Tidal Crossing
53.8126,-9.6587 Image Wanted!

Omey Tidal Crossing
53.53756,-10.16677 (4*) Tidal
Sent in by John Brown

When they want to go to the shops, the inhabitants of Omey Island, in the far west of Connemara, drop down to the beach at low tide (Image 1) to take a road across the sands marked out by a series of what are normally Irish one-way street signs (Image 2). There are two landing places at the mainland end, the marked out route being to come up the concrete ramp at Claddaghduff Quay (Image 3). For a short cut towards the nearest town of Clifden, those in the know can veer off right and come ashore at Loughawee (Image 4). See the attached maplet, which marks both landing places at the mainland end. Note the typical West or Ireland weather.

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Slea Head
52.1007,-10.4222 (2*) Suitable for All
Sent in by John Brown (Image 1: 19/04/2003)and Peter D Smith (Image 2: 21/11/2004)

'A very picturesque ford on the coastal road along the Dingle Peninsula, with stunning views south across Dingle Bay (Image 2).'

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Swords Tidal Road
53.46541,-6.1889 Image Wanted!
Sent in by Sven Rosvall

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