Get to know Laois through the hugely popular Laois Walks Festival

first_img Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Capponellan Woods is the location for the Laois Walks Festival on Saturday, July 14 They expect to welcome over 2000 walkers over the course of the month at 27 locations around the county.And if you want to get to know Laois then there’s probably no better way of doing it than taking part in the Laois Walks Festival.It got underway last Sunday in the picturesque Derryounce Lakes and bog land in Portarlington with walks in Emo and Ballinakill this week.But don’t worry if you’ve missed those – there is plenty more over the next four weeks.The Laois Walks Festival takes in almost every part of the county.From the Grand Canal in Fisherstown to Moonamondra Bog in Errill, from Fossey Mountain in Timahoe to Rickets Rocks in Clonaslee and practically every beauty spot in between, it takes in bog, road, canal, mountain and woodland.The walks range in length from 5km to 14km and are graded by difficulty.Grade A – like the Ridge of Capard in Rosenallis – is strenuous; Grade C – like Dunmore Wood in Durrow is – is deemed moderate.Now in its 17th year, walks take place every day (except Fridays) throughout the month with designated meeting points, starting times and are led by walk leaders.The Laois Walks Festival, which runs for the month of July, takes in beauty spots all around the countyThey adhere to the ‘Countryside Code’ of leaving no trace, walking in single file and respecting private property and the rural environment.No dogs are allowed. The cost per walk is €2 or you can buy a festival ticket for €25 which covers every walk over the course of the month.“Walking is the easiest way to get moving, get active and get happy,” says the brochure promoting the event, “and Get Ireland Walking is here to help you get started: we’ve got tips and advice for anybody who wants to start walking to feel better, and we have all the information you need to start a walking group – so you can get fit with friends.”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 by emailing [email protected] or visiting the Walks Festival section of the Laois Partnership website.The organisers would like to thank the members of the Laois Walks Committee, Community Groups, the Local Development Associations, Coillte, National Parks and Wildlife Service and the landowners.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 – ModerateThe full schedule of walks is:THURSDAY, JULY 57.30pm – Abbeyleix, Killamuck Bog Family Walk; 8km; Grade B; 2 hoursSATURDAY, JULY 72.30pm – Rock of Dunamaise/Dysart Wood, Portlaoise; 10km; Grade B; 3 hoursSUNDAY, JULY 82.30pm – Oakvale Woods, Stradbally; 10km; Grade B; 2.5 hoursMONDAY, JULY 97.30pm – Mountmellick Family Walk; 7km; Grade C; 1.5 hoursTUESDAY, JULY 107.30pm – Spink; 10km; Grade A; 2.5 hoursWEDNESDAY, JULY 117.30pm – Grantstown; 10km; Grade B; 2.5 hoursTHURSDAY, JULY 127.30pm – Rossmore, Killeshin; 10km; Grade B; 2.5 hoursSATURDAY, JULY 142.30pm – Capponellan Woods, Durrow; 10km; Grade B; 2.5 hoursSUNDAY, JULY 152.30pm – Garrabawn; 12km; Grade A; 3 hoursMONDAY, JULY 167.30pm – Dunmore Wood, Durrow Family Walk; 6km; Grade C; 1.5 hoursTUESDAY, JULY 17 7.30pm – Grand Canal, Vicarstown; 12km; Grade A; 2.5 hoursWEDNESDAY, JULY 187.30pm – Errill; 9km; Grade B; 2.5 hoursTHURSDAY, JULY 197.30pm – Fossey Mountain, Timahoe; 14km; Grade A; 3.5 hoursSATURDAY, JULY 212.30pm – Ridge of Capard, Rosenallis; 12mk; 3.5 hoursSUNDAY, JULY 222.30pm – Mountrath, Monicknew Mountain Walk; 10km; Grade A; 3-4 hoursMONDAY, JULY 237.30pm – Ballacolla Family Walk; 8km; Grade B; 2.5 hoursTUESDAY, JULY 247.30pm – The Derries, Ballybrittas; 9km; Grade B; 2.5 hoursWEDNESDAY, JULY 257.30pm – Cullahill; 10km; Grade A; 2-3 hoursTHURSDAY, JULY 277.30pm – Wolfhill; Grade B; 10km; 2 hoursSATURDAY, JULY 282.30pm – Ballykilcavan, Stradbally; Grade B; 8km; 2.5 hoursSUNDAY, JULY 292.30pm – Rickets Rocks, Clonaslee; Grade A; 10km; 2 hoursMONDAY, JULY 307.30pm – Portlaoise Togher Wood Family Walk; Grade C; 7km; 1.5 hoursTUESDAY, JULY 317.30pm – Durrow Leafy Loop Walk; Grade A; 12km; 3-4 hoursSEE ALSO – Laois farm sells for almost €600,000 By LaoisToday Reporter – 4th July 2018 Council Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Facebook Previous articleIn Pictures: Sarsfields fun run goes down a huge successNext articleLaois U-16 ladies footballers book All Ireland final place LaoisToday Reporter WhatsApp Community Get to know Laois through the hugely popular Laois Walks Festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Home Sponsored Get to know Laois through the hugely popular Laois Walks Festival Sponsored TAGSLaois Walks Festival Twitter Twitter New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official openinglast_img read more