Slieve Bloom Way
The Slieve Bloom Way is a long-distance trail of 52 miles around the Slieve Bloom Mountains in Leinster, running through two counties; Laois and Offaly. It is a circular route that begins and ends at Glenbarrow, near the village of Rosenallis, in County Laois. The walk is typically completed in four days.
The route is designated as a 'National Waymarked Trail' by the National Trails Office and is managed by the two local councils, Laois Integrated Development Company, Coillte and the Slieve Bloom Development Association.
The Slieve Bloom Way was devised by a local man, Tom Joyce, and opened in 1987.
Starting at Glenbarrow, the Slieve Bloom Way follows the Ridge of Capard before descending to the road at Monicknew Bridge. It then passes through forestry on the slopes of Gorteenameale before following an ancient route over the Glendine Gap below Arderin, the highest mountain in the Slieve Bloom range.
Crossing the Silent River Valley, the route climbs Spink hill and descends into the Glenkeen Valley. The final stage crosses Glendineoregan and Knocknastumba to reach the banks of the River Barrow, which it follows to the end at Glenbarrow.
- Fewer, Michael (1996). The Way-marked Trails of Ireland. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan. ISBN 0-7171-2386-3.
|Long-distance footpaths in the Republic of Ireland|
National Waymarked Trails: Ballyhoura Way • Barrow Way • Bealach na Gaeltachta, Dún na nGall • Beara Way • Blackwater Way • Bluestack Way • Burren Way • Cavan Way • Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail • Dingle Way • Dublin Mountains Way • East Clare Way • East Munster Way • Grand Canal Way • Hymany Way • Kerry Way • Lough Derg Way • Mid Clare Way • Miners Way and Historical Trail • Monaghan Way • Multeen Way • Nore Valley Way • North Kerry Way • Offaly Way • Royal Canal Way • Sheep's Head Way • Slieve Bloom Way • Slieve Felim Way • Sligo Way • South Leinster Way • Suck Valley Way • Táin Way • Tipperary Heritage Way • Western Way • Westmeath Way • Wicklow Way