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Loop Walks

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Here in East Clare we have an abundance of wonderful circular or loop walks of varying length and these are way marked and well signposted. They are generally part of our main walking route, The East Clare Way.

They are located in and around the towns and villages that the East Clare Way passes through and the landscape, terrain and underfoot conditions are very similar to what you would encounter on the Way.

They are generally shorter walks than the East Clare Way (with a couple of exceptions) ranging from 1 to 4 hours and start and finish in the same place.
They are suited to the casual walker but are also regularly enjoyed by walkers of all ages and standards.

These loop walks are very suitable for families and school groups and also suit “if you just want to go for a stroll”!!

Our top Loop Walks are located at Ballycroum, Ballycuggeran, Cahermurphy and O’Briens Bridge

 

Ballycroum Loop Walk

This loop walk, which is 9km long, is located in the townland of Ballycroum in the parish of Feakle and is part of the Network of National Looped Walks and is marked using the standard purple National Looped Walk directional arrows.The walk passes by a Holy Well in the middle of a bog as well as several wedge tombs.

Trail Summary

Loop: Ballycroum Loop

Trailhead: Ballycroum Forest, Feakle, Co Clare

Services: Feakle Village (5km)

Distance: 9km

Time: 2.5hrs - 3hrs

Difficulty: Moderate

Terrain: Mix of forestry, commonage and old laneways

To Suit: Medium level of fitness

Minimum Gear: Sturdy walking boots, waterproofs, rucksack, fluid, snacks and mobile phone.

Cahermurphy Loop Walk

This Loop Walk is 9km long and is located in the townland of Cahermurphy in the parish of Flagmount
It is part of the network of walks under the Shannon Region Trails Programme and is marked using the standard Red Shannon Region Trails directional arrows.
The loop starts and finishes in Flagmount and takes you past the White Sands Beach, with spectacular views of the countryside along the way.

 


Trail Summary

Loop: Cahermurphy Loop Walk

Trailhead: Cahermurphy Forest Car Park

Services: Village of Flagmount (3km)

Distance: 9km

Time: 2.5 hrs -3hrs

Difficulty: Moderate

Terrain: Mix of minor roads, sandy paths, lake side walks, river bank paths, forestry roads and tracks.

To Suit: Medium levels of fitness.

Minimum Gear: Sturdy walking boots, waterproofs, rucksack, fluid, snacks and mobile phone.

Ballycuggaran Loop Walk

The start of this loop walk is located in the townland of Ballycuggaran, the homeland of the O'Cuggarans, an important family at the court of Brian Boru. The walking route is overlooking Lough Derg, the Annacarriga Valley and the hills that stretch from Caherhurley to Ogonnelloe.
The loop walk is part of the network of Shannon Region Loop Walks and is marked using the standard red Shannon Region Trails directional arrows.This 9km long loop walk starts and finishes at Two Mile Gate and is marked in both directions.

Trail Summary

Loop: Ballycuggaran Loop Walk

Trailhead: The loop starts/finishes at Rinnaman Point (Two-mile Gate)

Services: Killaloe, Co. Clare (3km)

Distance: 5.6km

Time: 1.5hrs - 2hrs

Difficulty: Moderate

Terrain: Mix of minor roadways, laneways, forestry roads and tracks

To Suit: Medium level of fitness

Minimum Gear: Sturdy walking boots, waterproofs, rucksack, fluid, snacks and mobile phone.

Ballycuggaran Loop Walk

O’Briensbridge Loop Walks

The picturesque village of O'Briensbridge, Co Clare nestles on the banks of the River Shannon and borders three counties namely Clare, Limerick and Tipperary. The twin village is linked to its sister village, Montpelier in Co. Limerick on the other side of the River Shannon, by a 15th Century stone bridge. These loops are part of the network of National Looped Walks and are marked in both directions using the standard National Looped Walk directional arrows. The red and blue loops also include part of the Lough Derg Way marked with yellow arrows and the familiar trekking man logo.

 


Trail Summary

Loop: O’Briensbridge Loop Walks

Trailhead: Riverside Park, O’Briensbridge, Co. Clare

Services: O’Briensbridge, Co. Clare

Distance/Time/Difficulty: Parteen Weir Loop (Green loop), 5km/1.5hrs
Old Barge Loop (Red Loop), 12km/3.5hrs
Errina Canal Loop (Blue Loop), 7km/2hrs
Combination Loop, 16km/4hrs

Difficulty: Moderate

Terrain: Flat, firm terrain with mix of riverside paths and canal banks.

To Suit: Medium level of fitness

Minimum Gear: Sturdy walking boots, waterproofs, rucksack, fluid, snacks and mobile phone

 

More information about the walks can been seen at:
http://www.clarewalkingtours.ie/Loop Walks.html
www.shannonregiontrails.ie

 

East Clare Tourism

 

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