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

 

 

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