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
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

 

 

blanemore forest walk

Blanemore Forest Archaeological Walk – Moygownagh Co. Mayo

This walk is a hidden gem in the heart of Mayo a true explore and investigate kind of walk.  The kids will have an adventure discovering the paths and walking through the tall tress and wild paths.  The 4.8 km walk on wooded paths, gravel, boardwalk and forest is an exploration of a the West of Ireland’s charm that we all hear about but now a days find it difficult to find.

As we drove to the forest I was slightly skeptical that my husband had the directions correct, we turned off the main road continued on into the countryside the roads got windier narrower and when the grass started to appear done the center of the road the looks started.  Hubby reassured me we we’re going the right way, once we passed through Moygownagh village the end was near litterly as the Forest walk is at the end of a long boggy road.  The drive alone is an adventure but a good one I promise and it’s well sign posted.

Like many walks in Mayo what lies beneath is there to discover, as you walk the paths evidence of the early farmers from near 6000 years ago can be spotted throughout the forest.  Keep an eye out for the woodland creatures and flowers and fauna along the way.  Our favorite was the eye catching red mushrooms; red elf caps.  Make sure to bring a picnic and once you get to the lake you’ll find benches and an amazing view to enjoy your lunch by.  The lake is roughly half way and a good stop off for the kids to refuel.  I wouldn’t advise bringing bikes or scooters for the kids just lots of drinks and snacks and they’ll have a ball.

There is a good map to get to the walk  click here 

The Break down

  • Distance; 4,8 km
  • Paths; rough, boarded and gravel
  • Type; Woodland
  • please note its important to stick to the paths on this walk as it is quiet boggy off path

 

 

 

 

 

Drummin Woods Mayo

Drummin Woods Walk – Foxford Way – County Mayo

Drummin Woods walk is situated just outside Foxford, County Mayo, when you get to the village you take the road down to the train station and continue driving; you’ll see the walk on one side and parking by the lake on the other side; Click for Map

The walk is 4 km long and is a stone path.  For children the walk is suitable for school age as there is some verges that fall into streams and some puddles that are very deep. The paths are suitable for a buggy geared towards rough terrain and children could bring their bikes, scooters would be difficult on the paths.

On a summer day a walk and then chill out by the lake with a picnic is a must.  I can’t say the water is safe to swim in but we always go swimming there and my two are always fine.  You swim at your own discretion.

We loved this walk and walked for an hour and half as we had different levels of fitness and ages.  We walked Drummin Woods, over the Christmas period and if you go far enough into the woods you’ll find decorated tress, which my two children loved.  The landscape is untouched and rugged the tress are high and wild and you feel like your walking in an undiscovered land, its beautiful.

The Break down

  • Distance; 4km
  • Paths; rough and stoney
  • Type; Woodland

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.