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Slieve Bloom Way

Trail Overview Details

Grade: Strenuous
Format: Circular
Trail Quality: **
County: Laois, Offaly
Category: Walking/Hiking Trails
Type: National Waymarked Trail
Length (Kms): 70.5
Climb (m): 1275
Estimated time: 3 days
Start point: Glenbarrow
Start point grid ref: N 368 081
End point: Glenbarrow
End point grid ref: N 368 081
Nearest town to start: Clonaslee
Ordnance survey map: OSI Discovery Series Sheet 54
Dogs Allowed: No
Facilities: Parking
At Start/Finish - car park at Glenbarrow
Public transport: At Start: None.At End: None
Map guide available: Map Guide for Slieve Bloom Way & Offaly Way - Laois Offaly Walking Partnership / Slieve Bloom Way Map - EastWest Mapping


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Description of Trail

Although their highest point, called Arderin or ‘the height of Ireland’, is at 527 m, the isolated range of the Slieve Bloom Mountains have a presence that belies their height. They stand alone in Ireland’s Central Plain, which means they can be seen for many miles around and the views from their heights are very extensive. The Slieve Bloom Way, a 60 km circuit of the range, crosses high, heathery ridges and dips down into many deep and beautiful glens through which streams flow, hidden landscapes as full of character as they are of stories and legends. The range is heavily forested with modern conifers which lends much of the route good terrain on forestry roads but means long sections have little outlook. Generally terrain consists of forestry tracks, tarmac roads, mostly quiet, and paths beside streams and over open moorland, some of which can be wet and muddy. Apart from in Kinnity, there is no accommodation available on the actual route, but there are towns and villages of considerable character strung around the range, some quite close to the route, that provide overnight accommodation. The total aggregate ascent over the route is 1275m, but there are no significant climbs. For more information follow external link to Shannon Region Trails

Trail Reviews

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The upgrade work at Clarnahinch / Ballyhuppahane is now completed and the Slieve Bloom Way returned to its original route here. All diversion signage has been removed.
5 kms or 14% of the Way follows local roads. Some soft ground may be encountered on parts of this route.
***Dogs not permitted on any section which crosses private farmland.***

Trail management organisation contact details

Ann Lanigan, Slieve Bloom Rural Recreation Officer. Tel: +353 (0) 877749281 Email: annlanigan@laoispartnership.ie
Web: www.slievebloom.ie

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