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Suck Valley Way

Trail Overview Details

Grade: Moderate
Format: Circular
Trail Quality: ***
County: Roscommon, Galway
Category: Walking/Hiking Trails
Type: National Waymarked Trail
Length (Kms): 105.00
Climb (m): 580
Estimated time: 5 days
Start point: Castlerea
Start point grid ref: M 679 793
End point: Castlerea
End point grid ref: M 679 793
Nearest town to start: Castlerea
Ordnance survey map: OSI Discovery Series Sheets 39 and 40
Dogs Allowed: No
Facilities: Parking
At Start/Finish - on street in Castlerea
Public transport: At Castlrea: Daily express bus service and local service. Check details at Bus Eireann.
Also daily train service - check details at Check with Irish Rail.
Flights to Ireland West Airport Knock, 30mins drive away. Check details at www.irelandwestairport.com.
Map guide available: None available at present


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Description of Trail

The River Suck drains Lough O’Flynn, 7km west of the town of Castlerea, County Roscommon, and flows through sweeping meanders and past many little islands to reach the Shannon a kilometre below Shannonbridge. The Suck Valley Way is a circular route with a 5km spur into Castlerea town. The trail runs up the west side of the River Suck from Mount Talbot and into the town of Castlerea and returns, with one brief interruption, down the east side, taking in ‘The Nine Friendly Villages’, Ballygar, Creggs, Glinsk, Ballymoe, Ballintubber, Dunamon, Castlecoote, Athleague and Mount Talbot. The landscape is a typical river valley one of bogs, callows, woods and unspoilt traditional farmland of many tiny fields, and makes for wonderful and varied low-land walking. The terrain consists of a pleasant mix of cross-country paths through fields and woods, quiet side roads and there are a number of stretches along the banks of the river itself. As is common with countryside that has not been agriculturally over-developed, there is a rich heritage of the remains of monuments and buildings of the past to be enjoyed along the route, including ringforts, castles, ancient churches; you can’t miss the unique La Tène Stone, an ovoid boulder of granite richly carved and dating from the Iron Age, close to the route at Castlestrange. To add to the pleasure of this route, the frequent villages provide plenty of opportunities for relaxing along the way. The route can be subject to flooding so please check locally. See The Suck Valley Way website www.discoversuckvalleyway.ie for more details.

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PLEASE NOTE that as of 12 September 2019 the section of the Suck Valley Way between Ballymoe and Ballintubber/Castlerea is currently closed as a section of the bank is completely flooded and impassable.
37 kms or 35% of this route follows local roads.

***Dogs are not permitted on the Suck Valley Way Walk***

Trail management organisation contact details

Eilish Canty – Rural Recreation Officer
Unit 12 Tower B
Roscommon West Business Park
Golf Links Road
Mob: 086 7713550
Landline: 0906 630252
E-mail: rro@ridc.ie

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