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 Carrick-on-Shannon Branch

Waterway Walks
Index of Walks – Carrick to Lanesborough

Walks from Carrick to Lanesboro in downstream sequence:

Maps:

Ordnance Survey of Ireland, Discovery Series 1:50,000
– Map 33, Lough Key, Acres Lough, and St John’s Lough to Lough Forbes

Strokestown Park
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12 km; 3 hrs; Start: Map 33 M956859
On busy roads to Strokestown. Historic, architecture, gardens
Information about Strokestown Park is available on the web. Attractions include an Irish country house, fine walled gardens, and a famine museum that provides a valuable perspective on one of the more important events shaping Irish history.

Because the roads are very busy and do not have footpaths you are advised to take a taxi there or back. Start at Grange. For advice about locally available taxis phone Strokestown Park (+353-(0)78-33013). This will reduce the length of the walk to an enjoyable stroll around the gardens and possibly an exploratory walk around the town.

Mullaghmacormick
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7 km; 1.75 hrs; Start: Map 33 N003903
Mostly on quiet roads through rural countryside. Panoramic views.
Start at Carnadoe Bridge. Follow the gently rising road south to Mullaghmacormick. Enjoy the panoramic views. Turn east at N007878 and follow the road to Drumman Beg. Turn left at N023887 and return to Carnadoe Bridge along a moderately busy road. A brief study of the map will suggest a couple of longer circular walks that include Mullaghmacormick.

Other suggestions

A most interesting guide to the Historical Walking Trail of Carrick-on-Shannon is available on the Web. That site includes a set of acknowledgements indicating the source of the on-line material.

Alan Mullally spend many years exploring the North Shannon. In addition to the Mullaghmacormick walk described above he has suggested two other walks in this part of the waterway. I plan to research these shortly. Comments from individuals who have walked the routes would be most welcome. Please send them to webmaster@iwai.ie. Alan’s suggested walks are:

  1. Derrycarne Woods. This forest walk involves anchoring a cruiser and going ashore by dingy. Alan suggests nudging VERY GENTLY into the bay north east of the Derrycarne narrows (Map 33 N024909). Drop anchor, go ashore by dingy, and explore.

In September 2002 we did as Alan suggested and spent a very pleasant morning exploring Derrycarne Woods. We entered the bay along a line to the east of the eastmost black bouy and anchored in the bay along a line set by the direction of the jetty. We had about one metre of water below the keel meaning that the depth was about two metres. The holding was fine for anchoring in light winds but was not good enough for overnight anchoring.We followed the path to the left as one leaves the jetty behind. The path is a pleasant woodland path that follows the shore around to Lough Boderg. After about ten minutes the path forks. Turn right and head inland. In about 100 metres an icehouse is visible to the left. It is well worth a visit. Returning to the path continue walking away from the shore taking right turns as you proceed. In about another ten minutes the path returns to the jetty.For those with children, this walk provides the basis for a little expedition and stroll that will be enjoyed by people of all ages.Those interested in a longer walk may enjoy walking to the entrance to Derrycarne Woods (N028914). Turn left and proceed to the junction at N027918. Turn left and left again along a country track. This track can become very muddy in wet weather. Follow the track back to the jetty taking a left turn by the barrier on the left of the track (N021912). A short walk along the forest path takes one back to the jetty.

  1. Cavan and Leitrim Railway. In September 2002 we walked from Dromod Harbour (Map 33 N050895) to the terminus of the Cavan and Leitrim Railway (N056899). The terminus is located beside the main-line railway station and is less than 1 km from the harbour. The terminus is presently the home for a rich variety of transport exhibits many in the early stages of restoration. We spent a very pleasant hour being shown around the site and enjoyed the short train ride.All-in-all this was a very pleasant and interesting visit. Hopefully in time the railway will be extended and Dromod will acquire a very interesting transport museum.