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Looped Walks

Looped Walks

Durrow Leafy Loop Walk

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Durrow Village
Laois
Republic of Ireland

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A-B From the village green, follow the green and purple arrows into the grounds of Castle Durrow. After 200 metres turn right through wooden gates and follow arrows along the bank of the River Erkina. Cross the stile and shortly after turn right following the green arrows over a metal footbridge, the green arrows are for the shorter Dunmore loop walk.

B-C Now follow the arrows through Knockanoran Wood, after 1km exit at a Coillte barrier. Walk along a narrow laneway, this will bring you on to a minor road for approx. 1km. At a T-junction, cross the road R434 with caution and turn left. After approx. 200 metres turn right on to another minor road L1652. After 300 metres the loop turns left, through a stone stile and into the woods of Dunmore Demesne. Follow the purple and green arrows as the loop meanders its way through the woods and joins the banks of the River Nore. After 2km on the riverbank you reach New Bridge where the loop turns right, leaves the river and crosses the N8.

C-D. Continue to follow the purple and green arrows through woodland to reach a substantial metal footbridge over the River Erkina. Cross the bridge and continue straight on, still following the bank through farmland along the River Nore. After 2km the loop turns sharp right and follows wooden railings for a short distance before crossing a stile and entering woodland. After less than 1km the loop crosses the N77, turns right and enters woodland again after only 100m. A very pleasant section of woodland and green lane takes you to a surfaced roadway at Clonageera where the loops diverge. The Dunmore Loop turns right and you turn left.

D-E. Follow the surfaced road as it ascends for 500 metres andon sharp left bend you veer right into woodland. After 2km the loop turns right at the edge of a field, continue to follow the purple arrows for 3km through woodland to reach the R639. Cross with care and enter woodland on the right of a ‘lodge house’. A 1.5km section through woodland takes you to the bank of the Erkina River, turn right here.

E-A. Follow the river for nearly 1km to reach the metal footbridge mentioned at B above. This time proceed straight on and retrace your steps for the last 1km back to the village.

Please note sections of the loop can be prone to flooding in adverse weather conditions.

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Descriptions
Ascent

180m/100m

Distance

23km

Estimated Time

5hrs-6hrs

Grade

Hard - above average levels of fitness

Minimum Gear

Hiking boots, raingear, snacks, fluuid and mobile phone

Services

Durrow

Start and Finish

Durrow Village, Co Laois

Terrain

Minor roadways, riverbank, forestry parks, woodland tracks

Trailhead

Durrow Village, Co Laois

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