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
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 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