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					 Wed, 27 July: Stradbally - Slí na Sláinte                                                                                                                                        10 th Annual

                                                                                                                                                                             Laois Walks
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
                                                                   COUNTRYSIDE CODE:
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                    

                                                                                                                                    Cover Photo | Pat Fitzgibbon
 and buggies - please check with Laois Partnership                                      www.
 ( 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

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