Clonaslee

Clonaslee

(Cluain na Slí: Meadow by the Way)

clonasleechurchClonaslee is at the northern gateway to the Slieve Bloom Mountains. A picturesque village, founded in the 18th century, here lies the traditional seat of the O’Dunne’s. Clonaslee lies on the famous Slí Dála or Munster Way.

  • All walks start from The Heritage Centre, located at the church on main street.
  • Choose a walk to suit your capabilities.
  • Guidance times are based on a steady pace with about half an hour for stops.
  • Dress appropriately - wear or carry warm and waterproof clothes.
  • Please observe the country code: close all gates and take litter home.


Dun na Rí    Brittas & Glenkeen    Knockanastumba    Sweeney’s Walk    Ricket’s Rocks

Dun na Rí

5 kms./ 1½ hours
Forest & Road Walk

A short forest and road walk, possibly suitable for families but care must be taken on the main road.

A. Start from the Heritage Centre, walk back towards the village centre, cross the bridge and turn left by the stone gate lodge. Ignore the turn left into Brittas Forest and follow the narrow road gently uphill. Turn right into a forest at a sharp bend opposite Brittas House.

B. Continue through the woods, keeping left at a junction. Descend to reach the
main road and turn right to return to Clonaslee.

Brittas House. The ruins of the house and gardens are down on your left as you enter the forest. This castellated mansion was designed an architect called McCurdy and built by Francis Plunkett Dunne in 1869. The O’Dunne’s were descendants of Cahir Mór, one of the High Kings of Ireland and Brittas lies at the power centre of their ancient territories. This Gothic masterpiece sadly went up in flames in 1942. Brittas Lake.

Brittas Lake lies in the trees to your left.
This was constructed as a reservoir for Brittas House. The banks are stone lined and the water was pumped.

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Brittas & Glenkeen

7½ kms./ 2 hours
Forest & Road Walk

brittaslakeA walk that explores the lower reaches of Glenkeen,
giving a taste of the hills whilst staying on a good road surface.

A. Start from the Heritage Centre, walk back towards the village centre, cross the bridge and turn left by the stone gate lodge. Continue uphill past Brittas House.

B. The road reaches a high point and then twists and turns down to cross the Clodiagh River. Continue up to a junction and turn left.

C. As you descend back towards Clonaslee, cross a stile on the left to enter Brittas forest. Follow a path which initially goes downhill but then trends right going through the woods with the river below to the left and the road above you on the right. Cross a wooden footbridge and follow the forest track out to the road and

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Knockanastumba

15½ kms./ 4 hours
Forest & Road Walk

A longer forest & road walk that climbs up to The Slieve Bloom Way returning via Coolnamony Castle.

A. Start from the Heritage Centre, leaving the village on the Rosenallis road. Pass a school and turn left uphill on The Cut or Mountain road. Follow the steadily climbing road with care for 5 kilometres. Reach a sign for The Slieve Bloom Way and turn left to follow same.

B. Cross the upper reaches of Glenlahan and continue on the forest road. The road is rather featureless but persevere and you will reach a crossroads of old tracks.
Turn left downhill on a rutted track to reach the forest edge. Continue down to a road and turn left.

C. Reach a junction, turn right for a few metres and then cross left into fields to follow a marked route down to the ruin of Coolnamony Castle.

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Sweeney’s Walk

Named after the late Donal Sweeney, who was a keen local walker, this route explores the recesses of the rugged Glendineoregan.

A. Start from the Heritage Centre, leaving the village on the Rosenallis road. Pass a school and turn left uphill on The Cut or Mountain road. Follow the steadily climbing road with care for 4 kilometres, turning right at a forestry road signposted Glendineoregan.

B. Follow the forest road into the back of the valley. Wind your way back downhill to reach a tarred road.

C. As you descend back towards Clonaslee, cross a stile on the left to enter Brittas forest. Follow a path which initially goes downhill but then trends right going through the woods with the river below to the left and the road above you on the right. Cross a wooden footbridge and follow the forest track out to the road and Clonaslee.

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Ricket’s Rocks

4½ kms./ 1½ hours
Road & River Walk

A short road & river walk, suitable for families but take care on The Cut road.

A. Start from the Heritage Centre, leaving the village on the Rosenallis road. Pass a school and turn left uphill on The Cut or Mountain road. Reach a cross roads and turn right along a narrow road.

B. As you approach a house, keep right down a lane. Cross the bridge over the Gorragh River at Ricket’s Rocks and continue on a tarred road.

C. As you descend back towards Clonaslee, cross a stile on the left to enter Brittas forest. Follow a path which initially goes downhill but then trends right going through the woods with the river below to the left and the road above you on the right. Cross a wooden footbridge and follow the forest track out to the road and Clonaslee.

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