After almost 4 months of being restricted to our 5kms, we can now travel freely within our own county. For those of us living in the Boyne Valley, there are so many beautiful locations where we can enjoy a walk, a take-away coffee or just somewhere to bring the kids to see something new. Remember, we still need to observe social distancing and leave no trace where-ever we visit. Are you looking for some inspiration on where to rediscover in your Boyne Valley?- read on.
The Boyne Valley stretches across all of Co Meath and the Southern part of County Louth. The following spots are perfect for a visit within County Meath
The Boyne Valley to Lakelands Greenway
While this new greenway is still under development, the sections at Castletown and Nobber are now open to the public. This is a fantastic local amenity and eventually the greenway will run all the way from Navan to Kingscourt in County Cavan. For more information on the Boyne Valley to Lakelands Greenway visit here.
The Royal Canal Greenway
Launched only last month, The Royal Canal Greenway runs all the way from Maynooth in Co Kildare to Cloondara, Co Longford. Approximately 22kms of the greenway are located in Co Meath with access points at Enfield, Longwood and the Hill of Down. Take a stroll and enjoy this scenic route along the Royal Canal. For more information on walking and cycling advice- click here.
Athboy Heritage Trail
Take a walk around the historic town of Athboy and follow the heritage trail. Make your way around 13 points of historical interest and appreciate the rich tradition which make the people at the Yellow Ford proud of their past and present. A trail brochure can be downloaded here.
Another beautiful walk in the Boyne Valley with access close to Navan town centre. This linear walk of 8km (16km return) from Stackallen to Navan Ramparts is the perfect way to spend an afternoon with all the family. Along the stretch you will find interpretative panels providing interesting facts that will help you enjoy the beauty of the Boyne Valley.
Clonard Heritage Trail
Another historic walk around the village of Clonard in South West Meath. A place made famous by the monastic school of St Finian in the 6th century. Discover 15 sites on this trail from the Toll house, St Finians Church, the baptisimal font and lots more. You can download the trail brochure here.
Forest Walk, Balrath wood
If you go down to the woods today you’re sure of a big surprise! This beautiful forest has three defined walks for you to explore. The Long walk, the nature walk and the easy walk. There are also 4 play areas to enjoy. For more information just click here.
The littlewood loop trail (2Km, 40 minutes, easy ) takes you through a mixed conifer / broadleaf woodland and starts and ends at the car park. The broadleaf trees along the route are a mix of native trees including Oak, Ash and Alder and exotics Sycamore, Beech and Horse Chestnut. The understory is made up of Hazel, Rowan, Guelder Rose, Birch, Holly, Hawthorn, Blackthorn and Elm. Along the route you will pass two further display boards highlighting the diversity of the Flora and Fauna that can be seen in the woodland. Click here for more information.
Situated 8 km from Oldcastle, Mullaghmeen has 1,000 acres of forest. Picnics can be had and there are long and short walks depending on level of fitness.
Hillwalking at Loughcrew
Sometimes referred to as the little sister of Newgrange, walking up to the Cairns at Loughcrew is an experience to put on your bucket list. The highest point in Co Meath, this heritage site affords spectacular views of the landscape below.
Girley Bog eco walk
Kells Girley Bog Eco Walk is a 3.5 miles/ 5.6 km waymarked National Loop. It covers varying landscape of forest and bogland. The terrain is flat and uneven and walking boots are recommended. You can download the trail map here.
Kells Historic Trail
A walk through the historics town of Kells will lead visitors to realise that its physical treasures are the monastic layout of the town. The trail commences at the Town Hall and Tourist information point (located beside the Headfort Arms Hotel at Headfort Place) where you will find parking. There are 15 points on the trail including the monastic site, churchyard wall and lots more. Download the trail map here.
Loughcrew Estate & Gardens are full of history, beauty, fantasy, and atmosphere making the visit a magical experience. The Fairy Trail is an exciting interactive sensory trail which gets children exploring Loughcrew Gardens and it is now open all year round! Learn more here.
Navan Points of Pride
The Navan Points of Pride town walk starts at the Solstice Arts Centre and is 4km long. Take a closer look at the points that shaped the town into the bustling destination it is today. Points include the old County infirmary, Athlumney Castle and the old Court house. Download the map here.
The Sculpture Trail features 15 public art features by artists of international reputation.
The trail can be taken in two stages – as a small walk encompassing the town centre, or for the more adventurous, heading out of town to view works located on the approaches to Navan. This can done in conjunction with the Navan Points of Pride walk.
Slane historic trail
Slane's long and fascinating history is brilliantly outlined on the Slane Historic Trail. There is a wealth of historic sites to explore in the estate village of Slane. Its past is brought to life through a series of plaques and panels placed at points of interest along the route.
The self guided route is 2.2km long and will take approximately 45-60 minutes.
This tranquil river walk commences at Trim Castle and finishes at the ruins of the 13th century town of Newtown, providing a glimpse of life in Trim in the Middle Ages. From the interpretative panels, learn more about the medieval town; life in the porchfields; medieval past-times; farming and forestry. Once you reach Newtown, retrace your steps back to the Castle.
The Trim Castle River Walk takes approximately 30 minutes along well marked pathways.
Trim Historic Trail
This fantastic town trail breathes life into the historical significance of Trim. Start at the Visitor Centre and follow the historical signs to learn about Trim and its history. Weaving around the streets of the medieval town you will see the old town gates, the remains of the old leper hospital, the Tomb of the Jealous Man and Woman. One of the more curious stops along the way will be Echo Gate where you can enjoy the crystal clear echo of whatever you shout. Download the trail map here.
The following spots are perfect for a visit within County Louth
Running 1.9km from Dominic's Park on the south bank of the River Boyne near the Bridge of Peace in Drogheda, the Boyne Greenway takes you along the river close to the Mary McAleese Cable Bridge and then along the Boyne Canal to the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre at Oldbridge.
Boyne Valley Camino
The Boyne Valley Camino is a self-guided, 25km looped walk from Drogheda, which forms part of the Celtic Camino series. It was created by the Boyne Valley Walking and Drogheda Walks teams. The walk goes along the Boyne, through beautiful Townley Hall woods, via two OPW sites of Mellifont Abbey and Oldbridge House, through the village of Tullyallen, along the Boyne Canal, and returns to Drogheda along the stunning Boyneside Trail. Download the camino trail here.
A team of Drogheda locals came together to map four walks which highlight the natural beauty, built heritage and historical wealth of Drogheda. The walks range in length from the 1.5km ‘Five Bridges’ walk, to the 6.5km ‘Steps’ walk. The 4km historical ‘Walls’ walk and pretty ‘Spires and Towers’ walks traverse both sides of the river and reveal great views. To download the map just click here.
So there you have it- there is a wealth of places to be discovered within your Boyne Valley. For inspiration on all of our things to do just visit our brand new website here.
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