Durrow - Walks
(Darmhagh Ua nDuach : Oak Plain in the territory of Ui Duach)
Durrow is located at the intersection of the main Dublin-Cork N7 road and the N77 road from the southeast. The town is surrounded by some fi ne woods, hilly forests and a maze of rivers. These walks offer the serious walker a loop of 20 kilometres (12½ miles) or a variety of shorter walks for the more casual stroller. You can join the circuit wherever you wish and use one of several shortcuts to devise a loop to suit your own time and energy levels. Note that the main circuit has each kilometre marked and it takes c.15 minutes to walk 1 kilometre.
- Review the map of walks on the village green. Start your walk from the river bridge.
- Choose a combination of tracks 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 and boots.
- Please observe the country code: close all gates and take litter home.
- For Tourist Information inc. accommodation, phone 057-8621178.
Durrow Leafy Loops
. From the village green, follow the green and purple arrows into the grounds of Castle Durrow. After 200 metres turn right through wooden gates and follow arrows along the bank of the River Erkina. Cross the stile and shortly after turn right following the green arrows over a metal footbridge, the green arrows are for the shorter Dunmore loop walk.
. Now follow the arrows through Knockanoran Wood, after 1km exit at a Coillte barrier. Walk along a narrow laneway, this will bring you on to a minor road for approx. 1km. At a T-junction, cross the road R434 with caution and turn left. After approx. 200 metres turn right on to another minor road L1652. After 300 metres the loop turns left, through a stone stile and into the woods of Dunmore Demesne. Follow the purple and green arrows as the loop meanders its way through the woods and joins the banks of the River Nore. After 2km on the riverbank you reach New Bridge where the loop turns right, leaves the river and crosses the N8.
. Continue to follow the purple and green arrows through woodland to reach a substantial metal footbridge over the River Erkina. Cross the bridge and continue straight on, still following the bank through farmland along the River Nore. After 2km the loop turns sharp right and follows wooden railings for a short distance before crossing a stile and entering woodland. After less than 1km the loop crosses the N77, turns right and enters woodland again after only 100m. A very pleasant section of woodland and green lane takes you to a surfaced roadway at Clonageera where the loops diverge. The Dunmore Loop turns right and you turn left.
. Follow the surfaced road as it ascends for 500 metres andon sharp left bend you veer right into woodland. After 2km the loop turns right at the edge of a field, continue to follow the purple arrows for 3km through woodland to reach the R639. Cross with care and enter woodland on the right of a ‘lodge house’. A 1.5km section through woodland takes you to the bank of the Erkina River, turn right here.
. Follow the river for nearly 1km to reach the metal footbridge mentioned at B above. This time proceed straight on and retrace your steps for the last 1km back to the village.
Please note sections of the loop can be prone to flooding in adverse weather conditions.