Wed, 27 July: Stradbally - Slí na Sláinte 10 th Annual
Meet: Market House, Stradbally - 7.30pm
This route brings the walker along by Stradbally Lake, out the
Charter Road with great views of Oakvale and Ballyprior Hill.
Grade C • 5 km • 1 hour WALKERS PLEASE NOTE:
Thu, 28 July: Brittas Lake, Clonaslee
Meet: The Heritage Centre, Clonaslee - 7.00pm
This Slieve Bloom walk winds its way across the Clodiagh River
REGISTRATION: takes place prior to each walk: Ð2
per walk or Ð20 Festival Ticket.
• Wear Comfortable walking boots/shoes.
to reach Brittas Lake, a former reservoir for Brittas House. • Bring raingear. 1st - 29th July 2011
Grade C • 10 km • 2½ hours • We walk as a group, please stay with Walk
Fri, 29 July: Leafy Loops, Durrow
Meet: Castle Arms Hotel - 7.00pm • Leave No Trace.
The Leafy Loop brings you through woodland, farmland and • No Dogs allowed.
riverbanks with a delightfully rich abundance of ﬂora and fauna. • On country roads walk in single ﬁle on the right
Grade A • 10 km • 2½ hours hand side.
• Respect private property, farmland, wildlife and
GRADES OF WALKS: the rural environment.
A = Strenuous
B = Difﬁcult FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
C = Moderate. On Laois Walks Festival, please contact :-
Grade C walks are suitable for families Laois Partnership ( 057-866 1900
(many of the Grade C walks are suitable for youg families email@example.com
Cover Photo | Pat Fitzgibbon
and buggies - please check with Laois Partnership www. laoispartnership.ie
( 057-866 1900)
On the range of walks in Laois:-
On things to see and do, or places to stay in Laois:-
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Members of Laois Walks Committee, Community
Groups, the Local Development Associations,
Design | Swan Creations ( 087-254 0676
Coillte, National Parks and Wildlife Service and
Landowners 22 Looped Walks
at 18 Locations
- featuring -
Woodland • Mountain
Slieve Bloom Mountains Comhshaol, Pobal agus Rialtas Áitiúil
Environment, Community and Local Government
Bog • Canal • Road
Walking Festival 2011 Sun, 10 July: Portarlington - Bog Walk Tue, 19 July: Dunmore Wood, Durrow
Meet: The Hawthorn Inn, Portarlington - 2.00pm Meet: The Car Park, Dunmore Wood - 7.30pm
Fri, 01 July: Abbeyleix - Bog Walk The Derryounce Walkway, situated on the Edenderry Road, is a Durrow is surrounded by some ﬁne woods, hilly forests and a
community owned walkway built around a 40 acre bog-lake. maze of rivers, offering a pleasant one-hour walk of an evening.
Meet: Manor Hotel - 7.00pm Grade C • 10 km • 2½ hours Grade C • 4 km • 1 hours
This walk is a new addition to our Walks Festival and features
old bog tracks and peaceful wooded lanes. Tue, 12 July: Graiguecullen - Slí na Sláinte
Grade B • 8 km • 2½ hours
Meet: County Council Ofﬁce, Athy Rd, Carlow - 7.00pm
Sat, 02 July: Ridge of Capard, Rosenallis Slí na Slainte - ‘path to health’, suitable for young and old alike.
Grade C • 5 km • 1½ hours
Meet: Ridge of Capard Car Park - 2.00pm
This walk with its new boardwalk section is a welcome addition Wed, 13 July: Stradbally - Oakvale Wood
to our programme. Enjoy panoramic views of the Slieve Blooms.
Grade B • 4 km • 2 hours Meet: Oakvale Wood, Stradbally - 7.00pm
Explore the forest on the ‘Cobbler ’s Walk’, passing a mass Clonaslee
Sun, 03 July: Rossmore, Killeshin rock, lime kilns and the gate of the Cobbler’s Castle folly.
Grade C • 6 km • 2 hours Thu, 21 July: Cullenagh Mountain, Ballyroan
Meet: Oisín Park, Killeshin - 2.00pm
This walk is a must for the views of the Barrow Valley, Dublin Fri, 15 July: Emo Court Demesne Meet: The Community Centre, Ballyroan - 7.30pm
and Wicklow mountains. A hilly walk through Coillte forestry, new to this year’s festival.
Grade B • 7 km • 2 hours Meet: Emo Court Gates, Emo Village - 7.30pm Grade C • 6 km • 1½ hours
A circuit of Emo Court Demesne (second largest walled park in
Tue, 05 July: Ballyroan - Slí na Sláinte Europe) passing forest plantations, ﬁelds and Emo Court itself. Fri, 22 July: Spink, Abbeyleix
Grade C • 6 km • 1½ hours
Meet: Catholic Church, Ballyroan - 7.30pm Meet: Knock Church, Spink - 7.00pm
Starts in the village and passes through quiet country roads Sun, 17 July: Cullahill Mountain Traversing the hills of the 16th century Cooper estate with views
with views of the Slieve Blooms and Cullenagh Mountain. of 6 counties: Laois, Kilkenny, Carlow, Waterford, Kildare & Tipp.
Grade C • 7 km • 1½ hours Meet: Community Centre, Cullahill - 2.00pm Grade A • 10 km • 2½ hours
Stunning panoramic views across several counties, taking you
Thu, 07 July: Timahoe - Fossey Mountain along old country lanes, forest track and open countryside. Sat, 23 July: Slieve Margy / Wolfhill
Grade A • 12 km • 2½ hours
Meet: Wolfhill Church Car Park - 7.00pm
Meet: Village Green, Timahoe - 7.00pm
The “hill of the howling wolves” on the Slieve Margy Ridge
This demanding walk goes up Fossey Mountain and back into
offers spectacular views of Slieve Margy and The Swan area.
the historic village of Timahoe.
Grade B • 8 km • 2 hours
Grade A • 10 km • 2½ hours
Sun, 24 July: Rickets Rocks, Clonaslee
Thu, 07 July: Timahoe - Esker
Meet: The Heritage Centre, Clonaslee - 2.00pm
Meet: Village Green, Timahoe - 7.30pm
A mix of minor roads, sandy roadways and forestry tracks up
This short walk has been developed by National Parks and into the Slieve Blooms passing the Rickets Rocks waterfall.
Wildlife Service and is a nice woodland stroll. Grade C • 10 km • 2½ hours
Grade C • 7 km • 1½ hours Cullahill Mountain
Tue, 26 July: Grand Canal, Fisherstown
Sat, 09 July: Mountrath - Monicknew Mon, 18 July: Grantstown Lake, Ballacolla
Meet: Fisherman’s Inn Car Park - 7.00pm
Meet: Cedar Inn (opp. Cattle Mart) - 5.00pm Meet: The Car Park, Grantstown Lake - 7.30pm Walk along the Grand Canal down the Barrow Valley passing
Explore the glen at Monicknew, part of the Slieve Bloom Way. A gentle stroll near the Lake and along shady woodland paths. moored boats and grain stores to the village of Vicarstown.
Grade B • 7 km • 3 hours Grade C • 3 km • 1 hour Grade C • 12 km • 2½ hours