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Some stunning locations – as Laois Walks Festival enters the final few days

It’s been another brilliant month for the Laois Walks Festival, now in its 17th year.

With decent weather for the most part, walkers have come from far and wide to take part in some of the organised walks across Laois throughout the month of July.

We’re now into the last couple of days of the festival – but don’t worry there’s still a good selection of walks worth considering.

on Monday evening it’s off to the Derries Woods in Ballybrittas, on Tuesday it’s the Mountmellick Family Walk and it concludes in Durrow on Wednesday evening.

No dogs are allowed. The cost per walk is €3.

for further information contact Susan Lawlor, who is the festival co-ordinator, on 087 2574477 or Peter Maher, who is the Rural Recreation Officer in Laois County Council, on 057 8661900 or group leader Dominic Hartnett on 087 3130504.

You can also email info@laoispartnership.ie or visit the Walks Festival section of the Laois Partnership website.

Walkers are advised to register 30 minutes prior to the start of each walk and to wear comfortable walking boots/shoes.

They are also encouraged to bring raingear, sufficient food and water for the duration of the walk.

Grade A – Strenuous; Grade B – Difficult; Grade C – Moderate


The Derries, Ballybrittas

This walk through woodland by the lake following gentle forest tracks starting opposite the Derries church

Meet: Derries church
Time: 7.30pm
Distance: 9km
Difficulty: Difficult
Length: 2 hours


Mountmellick Family Walk

Enjoy a gentle stroll around quiet roads and streets of Mountmellick suitable for buggies and wheelchairs.

Meet: MDA Museum
Time: 7.30pm
Distance: 7km
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 1.5 hours


Durrow Leafy Loop Walk

The Leafy Loop brings you through woodland, farmland and river banks with a delightfully rich abundance of flora and fauna.

Meet: The Square, Durrow
Time: 7.30pm
Distance: 10km
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 3 hours

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