28th Slieve Bloom Walking Festival in Ireland just around the corner

Photo: Jim Cornall

The Slieve Bloom Walking Festival, the 28th version of the event, takes place from May 4 to 6.

The Slieve Bloom mountains straddle the counties of Offaly and Laois in central Ireland.

The festival offers a choice of woodland walks, riverside and gentle rolling hills with experienced walk leaders who will provide information on local history, geology and fauna.

There are A, B and C walks, to reflect the ease of the terrain, with A being the more strenuous hikes and B and C being moderate or easy walks.

The event kicks off with the 9km Brittas Lake and Woodlands walk, and the 10km Knockastumpa hike, on Saturday, May 4, both at 10:30am.

A more sedate 6km Capard Woods Bluebell Walk takes place at 1pm.

On the Sunday, the walks are Paul’s Lane/Spink Mountain, Kinnitty Woodlands, and Knockbarron Woodlands. The Monday Conlawn Hill walk is a longer, more difficult hike expected to take around four hours.

The cost is €8 per walk or €20 for the festival and an individual annual subscription or €30 for the festival and an annual family subscription. More information and booking can be found here.