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County Offaly

Fifth section of Grand Canal Way

The fifth section of the Grand Canal Way starts at George’s Bridge in Edenderry and ends at Daingean. This section of the walking trail is located in County Offaly in the province of Leinster. This section of the walking route is easy and stretches over a relatively long distance of seventeen kilometres. There is not a lot of physical exertion involved on this route because climbing is minimal. Walking at a relaxed pace, most walkers shouldn’t need more than five hours to complete this walking path. The surface terrain of this route consists of road and grassy path. This section takes the walkers along the canal to a countryside that is still untouched by human settlements. This is a deserted and peaceful place where walkers will enjoy the sight of many animals and birds that are rarely seen in populated areas. These animals include otters and buzzards. After the walkers cross the Toberdaly Bridge, they will get to witness a magnificent landscape comprised of peat bog. Also situated near this bridge is the Toberdaly Castle and some other ruins from different time periods that will surely entice those with an interest in exploring historical sites.

Final section of Offaly Way

The third and final section of the Offaly Way introduces walkers to the sights and sounds of the route between Leabeg and Lemanaghan. Like the first two sections, this part of the walking trail is also located in County Offaly in the Leinster province of Ireland. This section is fairly easy to complete for most walkers so there should be nothing to worry about here. This route stretches to a distance of about twelve kilometres. There is very little or no climbing involved on this route so senior citizens will appreciate walking here. Walkers will need to set aside about four hours out of their busy schedules to finish walking on this path. The road on this walking trail is normally quiet. However, parts of this trail consist of narrow and winding road that might not allow enough space for walkers so care should be exercised on such parts of this trail. There’s a nice man-made artificial lake to be enjoyed on the peat land of the Turran Nature Reserve. Walkers will also be charmed by the beautiful scenery of the Lough Borra Parkland. There’s also a monastic site on this route that is worth visiting.

Second section of Offaly Way

The second section of the Offaly Way starts from Kilcormac and ends in Leabeg. Just like the first section, this section is also located in the eastern region of Ireland in County Offaly that is part of the province of Leinster. This is an easy route that measures about seven kilometres in distance. Climbing is minimal so walkers who hate too much physical exertion will appreciate walking on this trail. This route should easily be covered in about two and a half hours. Walkers will get to experience various types of landscapes on this route. Grasslands, forests, wetlands and lakes can all be found here. Bird watchers will take great pleasure in walking here as the bird life in this region is quite fascinating. Those who fancy archaeology will take much delight in visiting the Mesolithic site on Lough Boora that tells us how our ancestors might have lived almost seven thousand years ago. Loch an Dochais on this trail is a lake with angling facilities for disabled people. The meaning of its name is “Lake of Hope”. This remarkable coarse fishing lake hosts the annual All Ireland Competition for disabled anglers. Bird watchers will derive immense? joy from visiting the Boora Bird Hide.

The Offaly Way

The Offaly Way is an enjoyable walking trail stretching over a distance of twenty nine kilometres. This trail connects the Slieve Bloom and the Grand Canal Ways together. For the convenience of the walkers, this route is divided into three sections. Each section can be completed about half a day which shouldn’t be much of a problem for walking enthusiasts. Starting in Cadamstown and ending in Lemanaghan, the first section of the Offaly Way is located in County Offaly in the eastern region of Ireland in the province of Leinster. This route is pretty easy to cover even for amateur walkers. This route is about nine kilometres long and normally requires about three hours from start to finish. The path on this route involves minimal climbing so even old people can enjoy walking here. The road on this route is usually very quiet. However, traffic can be quite fast so caution is advised. Be careful of five electric fences on this route. Although they are clearly marked as dangerous, it is better to stay on the road on this route to avoid any unpleasant incidents. Walkers who like to explore tourist attractions can find an old mill and a riverside park on this walking trail.

Fourth section of the Slieve Bloom Way

The fourth section of the Slieve Bloom Way consists of the walking trail starting at Forelacka and ending at Coolcreen. This trail is located in County Offaly in the eastern region of Ireland in the province of Leinster. It is a relatively easy walking route that extends to a distance of about eight kilometres. The highest point on this trail is about 250 metres high. It’s a relatively short route so walkers should easily finish it in about three and a half hours. This path can sometimes be wet. Also, the first kilometre of the road can be quite busy with traffic so care should be exercised while walking here. Walkers will also come upon two small rivers that they will have to cross over small stones. Watch your step carefully and don’t walk too fast here. A firm foothold is necessary here or the chances of slipping might become too great. Walkers will enjoy walking in the forest area of Glenregan along the Camcor River. Some of the trees here were planted as far back as 1935. On their way to Coolcreen, walkers will greatly appreciate the splendid views in Glenletter.