Top 12 quieter walks in Longford to enjoy during Covid-19 crisis

Spend some time in the fresh air exploring Longford's hidden gems

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Top 12 quieter walks in Longford to enjoy during Covid-19 crisis

Spend some time in the fresh air exploring Longford's hidden gems

Covid-19 has forced thousands of people and families to stay away from indoor group activities, but we are very fortunate in Longford to have an endless list of free walks and walking trails to enjoy.

So if you’re looking to get out and about with the kids, there’s nothing better than a day in fresh air exploring Longford's hidden gems and beautiful peaceful villages. 

Walks at Derrycassin Woods, Newcastle Woods, the Lanesboro Commons Walk and Cairn Hill, are more popular than ever right now. 

Here are 12 great places in Longford to enjoy, along with some other significant trails.

Remember to park your car responsibly and not block emergency exits, lock it and do not leave valuables in sight, keep dogs on a lead, bring a well charged phone to check location, rain jackets and a snack in a backpack, and bring home your rubbish.

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#1 Derrycassin Woods
Derrycassin Woods is a lovely forested walk on a former estate in North Longford. Located on the shores of Lough Gowna, the forest covers an area of 179 acres  and there are three recommended routes to suit all fitness levels: The Nature Trail (1.5km), the Walled Garden Walk (1.5km), and the Main Avenue Walk (3.25km). Signposting onsite directs the walkers on the various routes but the visitor is welcome to explore and create their own walking route. The entrance is to the right of Mullinalaghta football pitch.

This fast motion video from www.visitlongford.ie distils the whole route 

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#2 Longford Slí na Sáinte 
Starting at Bridge Street in Longford town. You walk along a path alongside the River Camlin, into the Mall park. You loop around this beautiful park before emerging on to the historic Battery Road. From there you walk the short distance back to Bridge Street. Route is 2.6km.

This fast motion video from www.visitlongford.ie distils the whole route 

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#3 Newcastle Woods Walk
Newcastle Woods Walk is a nice location for walks near Ballymahon, on part of the old Newcastle House estate, now managed by Coillte as a commercial forest. Two walks start at Newcastle Bridge (car park is located here), the Access for All Route (400m) and the River Inny Walk (3km). The starting point for the Wandering Walk (2km) and the Church Walk (5km) is about 500m away on the same side of the road.

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#4 Aughnacliffe Walking Trail
The walk runs alongside a beautiful children’s playground. Get right up close to the water’s edge – there is a stretch of boardwalk running right alongside and even over the lake. Route is 1.2km.

This fast motion video from www.visitlongford.ie distils the whole route

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#5 The Mall Walk in Longford 
The Mall is a popular location for family walks. This landscaped park runs alongside the banks of the River Camlin and can be found right in the centre of Longford Town. There is a playground, as well as adventure and exercise equipment dotted around the park. Route covers 1.9km. 

This fast motion video from www.visitlongford.ie distils the whole route

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#6 Lanesboro Commons Walk 
This is a beautiful 3.2km walk through a natural woodland along the banks of the river Shannon. The walk is very easy. The trails narrows at the furthermost stretches of the loop  – it might not be possible for example to push a buggy at this point. However you can always turn back. The nearby playground and facilities in Lanesboro make this a great day out for a family.

This fast motion video from www.visitlongford.ie distils the whole route

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#7 Cairn Hill 
The views from the summit of Cairn Hill are spectacular where nine counties are visible. The route is quite steep at times, but once you get over this stretch, the gradient isn’t as bad. The surface is paved for the first 0.7km. However the next segment of the walk is a rough stone surface.

This fast motion video from www.visitlongford.ie distils the whole route

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#8 Edenmore Bog Walk
Edenmore Bog Walk is a looped trail of about 5km around part of the North Longford boglands. The walk has been developed by the Ballinamuck Community Enterprise Group, with the support of Fáilte Ireland and is featured on the Discover Ireland website www.discoverireland.ie. This trail is a unique setting for a self guided tour of pristine bogland habitat, introducing the walker to the biodiversity of bogland plants and animals as well as many other features of interest along the route.

This fast motion video from www.visitlongford.ie distils the whole route

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#9 Abbeyshrule Walking Route 
Beautiful 4.8km walk through this National Tidy Towns winning village. The walk runs alongside the Royal Canal, and is a flat easy route. The route takes you by the historic Whitworth Aqueduct and the ruins of a Cistercian Abbey.

This fast motion video from www.visitlongford.ie distils the whole route


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#10 The Royal Canal Walk
The 90-mile long manmade Royal Canal waterway links the River Liffey in Dublin to the River Shannon at the Roscommon/Longford border. The Canal and it’s towpaths, harbours and bridges are open for public walking, and you can see a number of plants, animals, birds and fish. Keep an eye out for the swans in particular!



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#11 Corlea Bog Walk
Beautiful walk through spectacular bogland. Convenient to Corlea Interpretative Centre.

This fast motion video from www.visitlongford.ie distils the whole route

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#12 Brí Leith, Ardagh Mountain
Brí Leith, Ardagh Mountain, Longford was resurfaced to the delight of locals and visitors alike and thanks to County Longford Tourism and the Town and Villages Scheme (picture below is from the official opening of Brí Leith). It is part of a bigger vision to continue a driving, cycling, hiking trail as far as Corlea Trackway which will join up with the Canal Walk from Kenagh. The walk on Brí Leith is well worth a visit. It once was only accessible in fair and dry weather but now you can visit at any time of the year. The view is lovely, the flora is beautiful and what is most fascinating perhaps are the old ruins that remind us of the many cottages that were on this once heavily populated hill and imagining their stories.

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Other significant trails in Longford......

* The Royal Canal Longford


* Rebel Longford Trail


* Edgeworth Heritage & Literary Trail


* South & North Longford Trails 

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