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Offaly Way

Trail Overview Details

Grade: Easy
Format: Linear
Trail Quality: ***
County: Offaly
Category: Walking/Hiking Trails
Type: National Waymarked Trail
Length (Kms): 37.00
Climb (m): Minimal
Estimated time: 2 days
Start point: Cadamstown
Start point grid ref: N 228 085
End point: Lemanaghan
End point grid ref: N 171 270
Nearest town to start: Kinnity
Ordnance survey map: OSI Discovery Series Sheets 48 and 54
Dogs Allowed: No
Facilities: Parking
At Start - in riverside car park in Cadamstown
At End - none
Public transport: At Start: On Dublin - Birr CIE Bus Route, 4 times a day. At End: Possible one bus a day service Check with Bus Eireann.
Map guide available: Map Guide for Slieve Bloom Way & Offaly Way - Laois Offaly Walking Partnership


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Description of Trail

The Offaly Way is a 29 kilometre linear walking route in the midlands of Ireland that links the Slieve Bloom Way at the old village of Cadamstown with the Grand Canal Way and ends a few kilometres north of the canal at the ancient monastic site of Lemanaghan. This short route takes in a rich collection of features that will ensure many walkers will want to linger along the way, including the scenic Silver River and an old bridge that Red Hugh O’Donnell’s army is said to have crossed en route to the Battle of Kinsale in 1601, a rare Mesolithic site at Boora, and St Manchan’s holy well and St Mella’s Cell, a tiny early Christian church at Lemanaghan. The terrain consists of mainly quiet side roads and a couple of riverbank paths that are often wet and muddy in places. There is a shortage of overnight accommodation in the area, but Cadamstown is served by public transport. There are two or three loop walks in Boora Parkland including one which is wheelchair friendly. In this area there are a number of recreational projects and amenities, and experiments are being carried out on how to best use the landscape that has been stripped of its peat. For information follow external link to Shannon Region Trails

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17 kms or 46% of the Way follows local roads.
***Dogs not permitted on any section which crosses private farmland.***

Trail management organisation contact details

Tourism Office, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, Tel: 0506-0506 Web: www.offaly.ie

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