Edenmore Bog Walk

Edenmore Bog Walk in Ballinamuck, County Longford.

The Trail
Edenmore Bog Walk is a looped trail of about 5km around part of the the
North Longford boglands. The walk has been developed by the Ballinamuck Community Enterprise Group, with the support of Fáilte Ireland and is featured on the Discover Ireland website www.discoverireland.ie. This trail is a unique setting for a self guided tour of pristine bogland habitat, introducing the walker to the biodiversity of bogland plants and animals as well as many other features of interest along the route.

History & Info
Edenmore Bog Walk is part of a network of ‘Raised Bogs’ that can be found throughout the midlands of Ireland. Raised Bogs are highly acidic, waterlogged and nutrient-deprived habitats which support a range of specialised plants and animals. This habitat has become very rare in Europe. The centre of Edenmore Bog is in relatively pristine condition, and supports two rare mosses that are only found on high quality raised bog. The edges of the bog support a range of woodland, grassland and wetland habitats, which add to the diversity of flora and fauna in the area. Peat provides an important source of fuel for the local community, many of whom have turbary (turf-cutting) rights for small sections around the edges. Turbary rights are assigned to families or to houses, and this is a traditional practice that has been in place for centuries.

Directions
Travelling from Longford town take the R198 to Arvagh from the Longford bypass. Drive through the village of Drumlish,  continue past the turn for Ballinamuck at Gaigue crossroads and take the first road to the right. This narrow road leads to a T-junction where Edenmore can be accessed  on foot via a rough bog road to the left. Parking is available near to the entrance.

Map of Edenmore Bogwalk.

 

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