Our top ten walking trails this Autumn in the Boyne Valley

Our top ten walking trails this Autumn in the Boyne Valley

Date: 12/10/2022

One of our favourite times of the year in the Boyne Valley when the leaves are starting to turn and the golden colours of Autumn grace our region. The Boyne Valley is the perfect place to take a break this October and we have several walking trails for you to enjoy. From short river side strolls to longer off-road treks, there really is something for every level of fitness. Here are our top ten walking trails this Autumn in the Boyne Valley.


Balrath Wood forest walk
Balrath Wood forest walk
A beautiful setting awaits you at Balrath Wood this Autumn. The trees have turned to several colours of gold and yellow and the trails are a blanket of crispy leaves. There are three walking trails to enjoy here. The long walk, the nature walk, and the easy walk. The easy walk is suitable for wheelchairs and buggies. Find out more information on this walk here


The Boyne Greenway
Boyne Greenway
A linear walk that takes you from Dominic’s park in Drogheda to Oldbridge House. The Boyne Greenway takes you along the river close to the Mary McAleese Cable Bridge and then along the Boyne Canal to the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre at Oldbridge. This is approximately 4.5km long and presents some lovely views as you walk along the waterside. Be sure to visit Brambles Café at Oldbridge House for a treat at the end. 


The Boyne Ramparts Walk
Boyne Ramparts Walk
This is an 8km linear walk running from Navan ramparts to Stackallen Bridge. Following the old Boyne Navigation, you will pass several locks along the way as well as information panels telling you all about the heritage of the area. Look out for the wildlife including the beautiful blue and orange kingfisher, the Heron and so much more.


Boyne Valley Camino
Boyne Valley Camino
Part of the Celtic Camino series, this 25km looped walk starts in Drogheda. The walk goes along the Boyne, through beautiful Townley Hall woods, via two OPW sites of Mellifont Abbey and Oldbridge House, through the village of Tullyallen, along the Boyne Canal, and returns to Drogheda along the stunning Boyneside Trail. Bring a packed lunch and enjoy some of the amazing heritage situated along this trail. 


Boyne to Lakelands Greenway
Boyne valley to lake lands greenway
Upon completion, the Boyne to Lakelands Greenway will be a 30km walkers' and cyclists' paradise along the route of the old railway line from Navan in Co. Meath to Kingscourt in Co. Cavan. At the moment, you can enjoy the 1.5km looped walks at Nobber and Castletown. Some of the remnants of the old railway are visible as you walk along both trails.


Drogheda Urban Art Trail
Drogheda Urban Art Trail
Take a walk with a difference this Autumn and discover the Drogheda Urban Art Trail. Follow the map to discover 6 beautiful murals depicting key figures and moments from our mythological past. Start at the Morrigan on Patrick Street and make your way around the town passing by some of Drogheda’s many heritage sites.  


Trim Porchfields and River Walk
Trim Castle and Porchfields
A favourite among locals, the Porchfields and river walk in Trim provides a feast for the senses with the backdrop of Trim Castle, the sounds of the mythological River Boyne and the smells of nature. Check out the information panels in the Porchfield’s to discover more about the history of this place (don't forget to scan the QR code on the panels to access the exclusive Porchfield Digital Story Trail) and you will also find some useful information on holidaying in the locality. You can download the map here


Girley Bog Eco Walk
Girley Bog Eco Walk
Situated between the towns of Athboy and Kells, the Girley Bog Eco walk is the perfect escape into nature. This is a 5km looped walk that takes in a boardwalk over the bog, forest trails and well-worn tracks. The terrain is flat and uneven and walking boots are recommended.


Royal Canal Greenway
Royal Canal Greenway
Starting in Maynooth, The Royal Canal Greenway runs for 130km to the town of Cloondara in Longford. 22km of the trail is situated in County Meath with access points at Enfield, Longwood and the Hill of Down. Storyboards and map-boards at the access points guide you along the way, with picnic areas and benches to pause and enjoy your surroundings. 


Hill Walking at Loughcrew
Loughcrew Cairns
One of the best places in the Boyne Valley to take in the sunrise or the sunset on a clear day. Start at the car park at the base of the hill and make your way up the well-worn track to the summit of County Meath’s highest point. The views from the Loughcrew Cairns across the region will take your breath away. Remember to never climb on Cairn T. Take only memories and leave no trace.


This is just a selection of the walks you can enjoy on your visit to the Boyne Valley and you will find a full list of tracks and trails here. We would always recommend staying a few nights at one of our many accommodation providers to make the most of your trip. 


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