Walking

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Tranquil landscapes
County Longford is graced with some of Irelands most remote, unique and unspoilt landscape. The entire county offers underexplored, lowlying countryside for the walker, cyclist and nature lover. Derrycassin Woodland Walk is located in Dring and hugs the shoreline of Lough Gowna. The Commons North Woodland Walk is located in Lanesborough on the banks of Lough Ree, while Newcastle Woods is located in Ballymahon and extends to both sides of the River Inny. Walkers on any of these trails can meander at a leisurely pace through the diverse ecological woodland, enjoying the tranquillity and wilderness effect of the forest canopy.

Bio Diversity
There are many other wonderful trails and walkways around the county, in Kenagh, Newtowncashel, Abbeyshrule, Ballinamuck, and of course the climb to the summit of Corn Hill (Cairn Hill), the highest point in the county. The Mall Park, situated in the centre of Longford town, is a beautifully landscaped community space on the banks of the river Camlin. There are also large stretches of raised bogland around the county, some in relatively pristine condition and quite distinct to the midlands of Ireland. Boglands are a habitat which have become increasingly rare throughout Europe. These biodiverse places offer the walker/explorer the opportunity to see a range of specialised plants and animals. Edenmore Bogwalk in North Longford is a pristine bogland trail, which introduces the walker to the biodiversity of County Longford.

The Royal Route
The most impressive trail within the county is of course The Royal Canal Way. This is a 90 mile long publicly owned right of way which links Spencer Dock in Dublin to Clondra in Co.Longford. Richmond Harbour in Clondra is the point at which The Royal Canal links up with the River Shannon. The pathway crosses through counties Dublin, Kildare, Meath and Westmeath before entering County Longford. Walkers can meander at their own pace through County Longford from Abbeyshrule, to Ballymahon, kenagh, Killashee, and on to Clondra village. There is a choice of branching off into Longford town or continuing on to Clondra. Walking the Royal Canal Way is possible either as a long distance walk or as a series of short walks.

Footsteps of Heroes
Longford also forms part of The Tain Trail , The Goldsmith Trail and The Humbert Trail, all hugely important in Irish history and mythology. Walking any or all of Longford trails offers the opportunity to stop off in the villages and towns of County Longford, chat with the locals, enjoy a pint or a well made Irish coffee, sample some fine food and take in the beautiful Lakeland scenery and culture of this most midland of counties. Visitors can expect an authentic glimpse of the real Ireland that is fast disappearing elsewhere.

Further information on County Longford can be found on the ‘Explore Longford’ App available to download for both Android and Apple Devices:
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County Longford Tourism Office Market Square, Longford, Ireland    Phone: +353 (0)43 33 42577 +353 (0)85 8888876    Email: info@longfordtourism.ie