The Warren Way – walking trail

The Warren Way walk is a lovely short walking trail for little feet or a much needed quick walk to clear the head and run off the kids energy.

The walk is situated between Ballina and Enniscrone on the Quay road, we drove along the road and then typed in Warren Way and google maps brought us straight to it. There is a small car park off the road and it is sign posted.

The kids loved the walk as its all safely fenced off and the path is nice and wide.  For toddlers I would advice staying near by as there is some gaps at the bottom of the fences where wildlife have borrowed under.  There is lovely boards along the way to keep the children entertained, Little Red Head and Mini Miss brought along their binoculars and spent ages spotting birds and wildlife.  The boards along the way give them the names of the animals and birds.  When you come to the end of the path you come to a gate that brings you out onto the river bank (River Moy) if the tide is out you can walk out along the bank for a long while.  Do this with caution as it is slippy and keep an eye on the tide as you could very easily get caught, if you aren’t familiar with the area I wouldn’t walk far.

Children’s bikes and scooters would work on this trail and buggy’s would be fine also, the path is nice and wide and graveled the entire way to the gate at the end.

We really enjoyed this walk and it is now a firm favorite of Little Red Head and Mini Miss.

The Break down

  • Distance; 1.4 km
  • Path the entire walk – gravel
  • Type; woodland and river bank
  • Walking boots/shoes advised, but runners would be good also
Sligo walking Trials

Dunneill River Walk – Dromore West Co. Sligo

Dunneill River walk is situated in the small village of Dromore West on the main road to Sligo.  The entrance to the lovely river walk is to the lef, leaving the village from Ballina side.  You can park up along the main road (make sure to pop your wing mirrors in) or you can park in the village of Dromore West.  The river walk is a short fenced off walk that runs along the river.  Once you come to a gate you can continue on down along a back road on to  Ballygilcash Bridge and cross over to another part of the walk which leads you to Donaghintaine Bridge.  We stopped here but you can continue on towards Easkey or go in a loop back to Dromore West. The Dunneill River walk is part of a loop walk.  The part we did took us about an hour as we stopped looked around took our time and the kids loved all the bridges and littler waterfalls along the way.

The entire Dunneill river walk is fenced off on both sides and there is gates at each end, so it was lovely and safe for the kids to run along and explore knowing they were safe.  Where the river walk ends and you continue walking to the bridges there is lots of historical finds to stop and take in.  Most buggies would fit along the paths, its all stony so i wouldn’t say scooters would be good but bikes would be OK.  My kids also loved all the animals they spotted along the way and the entire walk they where entertained.  We really enjoyed this walk, its short but long enough to tire the kids out.

The Break down

  • Distance; 3 km 
  • Paths; narrow all fenced off some cross overs on back roads
  • Type; river and field
  • Walking boots/shoes advised
enniscoe loop walk

Enniscoe Loop Walk , North Mayo Heritage Centre, Cafe, Gardens and Enniscoe House; Crossmolina

I truly feel that Enniscoe House and The North Mayo Heritage Centre & Gardens are a hidden Gem situated in the Heart of Mayo just outside Crossmolina  town on the Lahardane Road.

We headed out on a dull wet typical Irish day, but once we got out of the car and started our walk around the  Enniscoe loop we were transported to a land of flowers, paths and true natural beauty.  Unlike many manicured walks this walk is a haven of nature left to flourish in its environment.  The paths are intertwined around the tress and flowers and fauna of the grounds.  I would advice walking these paths, the kids couldn’t bring their bikes as some paths are quiet narrow and if you’ve a buggy with you make sure you follow the correct path as you will struggle in one or two parts.  If you just wanted to walk the main path to the magnificent Lough Conn then the kids would manage their bikes or scooters but honestly get their little legs walking and they’ll be so busy discovering all the nature that they wouldn’t notice that their walking.

The Walled gardens and Café are a treat, there is an admission fee into the gardens,  for us it was a toss up; pay to see the gardens or go for a cuppa and a treat in the Secret Garden Café where you’ll get homemade fresh soups, cakes and much more.  Can you guess which we went for . . .

The heritage centre isn’t a service I’ve used but I have heard many good things about it and would say it is a definite stop off if your researching your family tree.  Also if you are looking for somewhere special to stay I would advise you consider the Enniscoe House situated in the grounds; deemed “the last Great House of North Mayo”,  and dates back to the 1790’s.  Enniscoe House and The North Mayo Heritage Centre & Gardens is a special place for you to experience with the family  and friends, go for a day trip and have a cuppa or go and stay for a few nights and take in the entire Enniscoe experience.

The Break down

  • Distance; 2.5 km
  • Paths; narrow, wet and muddy
  • Type; Woodland
  • Walking boots/shoes advised

 

 

10 Most Over Used Words by my Kids

Below is the most over used phrases my kids use and my responses . . .  

1   I’m bored – this of course if the one I’m most used to, because of course my children have no toys, get brought nowhere and do nothing! 

2   He/she’s doing . . . The endless telling tales on each other

 It’s not fair – nope it’s not fair I wouldn’t let you eat a bar of chocolate 5 mins before dinner

4   That’s mine – nope it probably isn’t if your shouting it at the top of your lungs it’s probably mine 

5   I don’t want to – well tough tities you have to 

6   Do I have to – yet again yes, because believe me if you didn’t I wouldn’t put myself through this 

7   Can I have – No no no . . . 

8   Can I have a drink? – yup between the time of 7.30 am and 9 pm any time after that the only place serving drink is the pub and your to young for there

9   But Johnny down the road is allowed – well go live with Johnny I’ll pack your bag

10   ahhhhhhh wahhhhhh ehhhhhhh – I’m going to my happy place when the tantrum is over hand me a glass of wine

Children’s Events – Ballina Salmon Festival

Children’s Events, Ballina Salmon Festival                    
                                        
With the weather heating up a little and the snow drops popping up the plans for the upcoming summer are beginning to start.  With two busy children who are always asking “what are we doing today, Mammy?” I’m always on the lookout for events taking place and keeping in mind things we did last year.  One date I’ll definitely have in the diary is the Ballina Salmon Festival, Children’s Events.  My two kids had a ball last year, every day there was different fun, engaging and activity packed events.  From paid workshops to many many free events the choice was endless.  All the events where well run, professional and I knew and felt my children were safe.  Children are to the for front of what the events were about,  all involved were happy to help and encourage the children to get the most out of the events. 


Each event we attended had its unique theme from learning Martial Arts, Fun & Splash , Dance workshop to Drumming workshops the possibilities where endless.  My sons favourite activity  was the Reeling in the Year’s Workshop, with The Jackie Clarke Collection.  Little Red Head got to amerce himself in the excitement of a newsroom setting where he created a newspaper, cutting pasting and writing.  He came out buzzing with all that was from years gone by, and he continued his newspaper at home making sure it was accurate.   Mini Miss enjoyed the fabulous Birds of Prey on the infamous Heritage Day, but her favourite event was the Disco in the Stephenites sports ground, where she boogied for hours meet up with her friends, made new friends and her favourite part, came home with a massive goody bag filled with treats and gifts. 

For me while I did enjoy my children’s favourite events, I’ve got to say my favourite was running around the picturesque Belleek Woods, at the Pirate Treasure Hunt. We looked for clues and made sure there were no pirates lurking around.  Little Red Head and Mini Miss got so involved and ran the length of the woods without even realizing, always a plus for Mammy; tired happy children equal happy Mammy.  Like many of the Children’s events there were drinks and treats at the end of the event.  I feel I need to say here that many of these events where free but always came with goodies. 

While the Mardi Gras isn’t on the Children’s Event  calendar it is well worth keeping the children awake for, what’s one late night . . .  For the past two years my then 3 and 5 year old loved the parade and last year they loved it even more.  As the anticipation build “Mammy will it be as good as last year?”  It didn’t disappoint I love seeing the look of wonder and pure happiness on my children’s faces. 

We all know that once the children finish up school towards the end of June we will be scurrying to find things to keep our kids busy.  
The Ballina Salmon Festival is a must, for the Children’s Event, I would advise on popping into the tourist office to book the workshops as they do fill up fast, but as mentioned  there is many free events and this year I don’t doubt that the Children’s Events calendar is going to fun filled and exciting.