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Cavan Way

Trail Overview Details

Grade: Moderate
Format: Linear
Trail Quality: ***
County: Cavan
Category: Walking/Hiking Trails
Type: National Waymarked Trail
Length (Kms): 26.00
Climb (m): 330
Estimated time: 1 days
Start point: Dowra
Start point grid ref: G 991 267
End point: Blacklion
End point grid ref: H 081 381
Nearest town to start: Dowra
Ordnance survey map: OSI Discovery Series Sheet 26
Dogs Allowed: No
Facilities: Parking
At Start - on street in Dowra or in car park at Mart
At End - on street in Blacklion
pubs, accommodation nearby
Public transport: At Start: None At End: Express buses Check with Bus Eireann.
Map guide available: The Cavan Way - West Cavan Community Council


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Description of Trail

While the topography of most of County Cavan in the northern midlands of Ireland is a post-glacial one of drumlins and lakes, the western part of the county terminates in the wall of the Cuilcagh Mountains, the lower western flanks of which spawn the longest river in these islands, the Shannon. The Cavan Way is a 26 km gentle linear walking route that progresses from the village of Dowra northwards by country paths and quiet roads to reach the magical Shannon Pot, where the great river rises. The route then ascends from the Shannon source into the limestone karst landscape of the northern Cuilcaghs before descending to the village of Blacklion. The terrain consists of mainly quiet roads, paths beside the infant Shannon and open moorland. The road sections at the beginning and near the Shannon Pot can be very busy, and the Shannon and uplands sections can be very wet and mucky. The views from the heights out over Lough Macnean to the north and the Cuilcagh to the south are wonderful. The total aggregate ascent on the route is 330 metres, including two short, steep ascents. There are options for overnight accommodation at both ends of the route, but public transport possibilities are only fair.

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14 kms or 61% of the Way follows local roads.
***Dogs not permitted on the Cavan Way***

Trail management organisation contact details

Cavan County Council, Ballyconnell Area Courthouse, Ballyconnell, Co.Cavan Tel: 049-9526121 Email: info@cavancoco.ie
Web: www.cavancoco.ie

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