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Clonaslee Looped Walks

Clonaslee is a village in north County Laois, situated in the foothills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains on the R422 Mountmellick to Birr road. The name means “meadow of the way”, the way referred to was once a very important cross-country route across Laois leading onto Munster. It is an excellent hub for walking with access to the Slieve Bloom Way, Brittas Lake and also to a number of shorter looped walks.

Directions to Trailhead

From the bridge over the Clodiagh River in the village of Clonaslee (on the R422) follow the signpost for Glenkeen. The forest entrance is on your left after 200m.

Clonaslee 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’Dunnes. Clonaslee lies on the famous Slí Dála or Munster Way.

Walking Events

The Slieve Bloom Walking Club has a programme of organised walks every weekend of the year. All of these walks are led by an experienced and friendly walk leader who is very familiar with the mountains.

A panel of guides are also available if you are are looking for a personal leader who can tailor-make a walk to suit your party or group.

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