The Black Valley is a remote location in the Macgillycuddy`s Reeks situated south of the Gap of Dunloe and north of Moll`s Gap. The valley is also part of the Kerry Way, a walkers version of the Ring of Kerry beginning and ending in Killarney.
The valley is also noted for being the last place in Ireland to be connected to the electricity and telephone networks due to its remoteness. The connection happened in 1978, according to a CIE Tour Guide.
There is a very impressive cliff above Lough Googh, though it proves to be more broken when one gets onto it. It has some fine individual portions, particularly a magnificent vertical rib about 100m high that was not attempted.
MASTERSON'S LEAP S N. Masterson, F. Winder (leads shared) April 1955 The route taken followed a short slab leading up to the left gully, then crossed the gully, went up diagonally right to the right gully and across this.
Climbed a couple of nice slabs to the right of this, followed by a tricky vegetated wall. The route then took a groove leading to the top. The upper part of this was quite hard and Noel Masterson had about a 10m fall, which led to the name. Following this, a traverse was made to easier ground to the right, and an ascent made from there to the ridge of the Reeks.
The terrain is very rocky and wet. Great care is needed both in keeping a firm footing but also to keep the signage posts in sight. But it provides spectacular views of both Bridia Valley and The Black Valley.
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The Black Valley Cliff
The Black Cliff.
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