If you’re looking to get out and about with the kids, there’s nothing better than a day in fresh air exploring. Longford offers plenty of countryside to choose from, so we’ve rounded up 8 Places for Great Family Walks in Longford that are perfect for a family-friendly day out.
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Longford is a beautiful county with lots of hidden gems and picturesque villages waiting to be discovered. It also offers woodland and lakeside walks that make for great family adventures!
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Family Walks in Longford
#1. Derrycassin Woods
Derrycassin Woods is a lovely forested walk on a former estate in North Longford. Located on the shores of Lough Gowna, near Bunlahy, 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). The entrance is to the right of Mullinalaghta football pitch.
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#2. 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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#3. Walks in Newtowncashel
There are several lovely walks around Newtowncashel, much of this area is protected due to its unique ecosystem.
#4. The Mall 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.
#5. 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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#6. Ballinamuck Walks
Ballinamuck Walks is a series of four easy walks in the area around the historic and scenic village of Ballinamuck. The walks take you through the area’s most interesting landscape features, including woodland and bogs.
#7. Commons North Woodland Walk
Commons North Woodland Walk is a recently developed path through forestry to the south of Lanesborough, near an old lime quarry.
#8. Corn Hill
Cairn Hill, known locally as Corn Hill, climbs 276m and can be seen from all over the county. Take a bracing walk up Longford’s highest peak and enjoy the fantastic views!
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Do you have a favourite place to go walking in Longford? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!