Slieve Bloom Way

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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.[1]

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.[2]

The Slieve Bloom Way was devised by a local man, Tom Joyce, and opened in 1987.[3]

The route

Starting at Glenbarrow, the Slieve Bloom Way follows the Ridge of Capard before descending to the road at Monicknew Bridge.[4] 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.[5]

The trail then follows the River Camcor to the townland of Glenregan.[6]

Crossing the Silent River Valley, the route climbs Spink hill and descends into the Glenkeen Valley.[7] The final stage crosses Glendineoregan and Knocknastumba to reach the banks of the River Barrow, which it follows to the end at Glenbarrow.[8]

Outside links


  1. Slieve Bloom Way on IrishTrails (Irish Sports Council)
  2. National Trails Office 2010, p. 43.
  3. Siggins, Lorna (1 August 1987). "Blooms in the blood". The Irish Times (Dublin): p. A6. 
  4. Fewer 1996, p. 199.
  5. Fewer 1996, pp. 201-204.
  6. Fewer 1996, p. 204.
  7. Fewer 1996, p. 207.
  8. Fewer 1996, p. 209.
  • 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 WayBarrow WayBealach na Gaeltachta, Dún na nGallBeara WayBlackwater WayBluestack WayBurren WayCavan WayCroagh Patrick Heritage TrailDingle WayDublin Mountains WayEast Clare WayEast Munster WayGrand Canal WayHymany WayKerry WayLough Derg WayMid Clare WayMiners Way and Historical TrailMonaghan WayMulteen WayNore Valley WayNorth Kerry WayOffaly WayRoyal Canal WaySheep's Head WaySlieve Bloom WaySlieve Felim WaySligo WaySouth Leinster WaySuck Valley WayTáin WayTipperary Heritage WayWestern WayWestmeath WayWicklow Way

Greenways:   Boyne GreenwayDublin-Galway GreenwayGreat Southern TrailGreat Western Greenway

Others:   Bangor TrailMalin to Mizen