Cloonfad in the west part of County Roscommon is a fine place to discover the Irish rural way of life. Tourists should begin their walking explorations at the Derrylahan Resource Centre. There are seven walks available from this centre and lots of other facilities for the benefit of the tourists. To the east of this centre, there are grassy paths and bog tracks that tourists can take to explore the wilderness of this area. The variety of habitats that nature lovers can enjoy along the way is astounding. They will encounter farmlands, forests, vast fields of bog and the majestic mountains of Slieve Dart.? There is an old water mill near the bridge over Cloonfad River that is worth checking out. The large wheel of this mill is quite remarkable in that it was cut from the sandstone rock of Slieve Dart. Further along the way, expect to see a Patrician foundation where baptisms were carried out using natural spring water. There’s also a graveyard here that was reserved for children. The walk ends back at the resource centre after passing Dooloughan Lough and some woods at the base of Slieve Dart.

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