Monicknew Looped Walks

Monicknew trailhead and forest recreation area is located in Monicknew woodlands which form the boundary between the counties of Laois and Offaly. This stunning site is an access point for the long distance Slieve Bloom Way and is also the trailhead for three looped hiking trails.

Monicknew Trailhead

The Monicknew trailhead is the starting point for three looped walks which start and finish at the recreation area located next to the spectacular Monicknew Bridge. The long distance Slieve Bloom Way can also be accessed from this point. Whether you are just looking for a short stroll on the flat valley areas or a more substantial hike into the heart of the Slieve Blooms then there is walking option here for you. The shorter looped walks are family friendly and there is a perfect picnic spot by the bridge.


Monicknew is about 11.5 km south of Clonaslee on the road to Mountrath via the Cut road. Coordinates: 53.0702 -7.5432

Note that the upper sections of the longer trails can be shrouded in mist regularly, so take suitable clothes with you. Also please note that midges tend to occur on these walks during warmer weather so do remember to bring along some insect repellent.

Ownership & Management

The Monicknew Looped Walks pass through Coillte owned forestry.