There’s nothing like a nice long stroll in the countryside – it will put colour in your cheeks and tire out the kids! Here are some ideal places for a leisurely ramble with the kids, 10 great family walks in Westmeath:
Visit this lovely village, located 3km off the N4 outside Mullingar, for a gentle wander around. Free car parking, fountain and playground.
#2. Fore Village
Another place that we like to visit (and it’s suitable for bikes, scooters, buggies and other wheeled devices!) is Fore Village near Castlepollard, and its seven wonders, stroll from the village out to view its delightful ruins and wonders. Beautiful unspoilt countryside.
#3. Mullaghmeen Forest
Mullaghmeen Forest, near Castlepollard is a fabulous forest that boasts over 1,000 acres to explore and has walks to suit various abilities and ages.
#4. Belvedere House and Gardens
Belvedere House and Gardens is a truly magical spot. It’s a bit of a steep hike though, so it’s not suitable for buggies or small children. Older kids will enjoy the climb – and it is worth it for the great views from the top of the hill!
#5. Royal Canal – Kilpatrick Bridge.
One of our favourite places to visit as a family is the Royal Canal – Kilpatrick Bridge, a longer, relaxing walk of less than eight kilometers along the banks of the Royal Canal and through the hinterlands of historic Mullingar.
#6. Westmeath Way.
A linear walk, stretching 33km but you can start in Kilbeggan and head towards Mullingar, doing part of the journey and stopping at Lilliput on the shores of Lough Ennell. It is worth it as it’s a lovely place to explore, bring a picnic and enjoy.
#7. Donore Wood.
Donore Wood, located near Multyfarnham, is situated on the southern shore of Lough Derravaragh (which is north of Mullingar) and has a rich natural and human history. Donore is home for many of our birds and wild animals. Badger, fox and grey squirrel are the more common species. The wood has a rich variety of wild plants found among the grasses and sedges.
#8. Join The Boherquill Ramblers Walking Club, Boherquill.
One of Westmeath’s most picturesque villages, the club meets every Sunday, except August.
#9. Historic Mullingar Walk.
A short, relaxing walk of less than three kilometers along the banks of the Royal Canal and through the centre of historic Mullingar.
#10. Athlone Town Walk.
Set at the geographical heart of Ireland, Athlone has been the River Shannon’s main crossing since medieval times. Its turbulent history has given way to a midlands tourist hub, a link between the east and west anchored by its handsome arched bridge
Article written by Isla, mum of 2.
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