The Christmas and New year’s period always bring lots of overindulging. When the last of the turkey has been eaten and the box of sweets is empty, we all want to get out there and do some exercise to make us feel better. In the Boyne Valley, there are plenty of tracks and trails to stretch the legs or try out the new bicycle we got from Santa! Here are our top ten winter and new years walks in the Boyne Valley.
Suitable for cycling and walking. This trail connects Drogheda Town Centre to the Oldbridge Estate. Perfect for a new year’s walk and all completely off road. Start at Dominic's Park on the south bank of the River Boyne near the Bridge of Peace in Drogheda, 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.
Suitable for cycling and walking. This walk is a linear trail of 8km (16km return) from Stackallen to Navan Ramparts with plenty of seats along the way to take a rest. You will see the canal locks of the once busy Boyne Navigation, Babe's Bridge (the oldest bridge on the river) and pass close to the ruins of the eerie Dunmoe Castle and Ardmulchan Church along the way. Be sure to bring a flash a tea and a snack to keep you going.
Part of this trail may not be suitable for bikes. The Boyne Valley Camino is a self-guided, 25km looped walk from Drogheda, which forms part of the Celtic Camino series. It was created by the Boyne Valley Walking and Drogheda Walks teams. During the winter months be sure to leave early so that you are not walking in the dark. 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.
This walk is not suitable for bikes. Experiencing sunrise or sunset from the top of Loughcrew has to be done once in your lifetime- especially in winter. The climb from the carpark to the Cairn at the top is not a difficult one and the views are well worth it on a good day. Please remember to not climb on the Cairns.
This walk is not suitable for bikes. The Kells Girley Bog Eco Walk is a 3.5 miles/ 5.6 km waymarked National Loop just outside the town. It covers varying landscape of forest and bogland. The terrain is flat and uneven and walking boots are recommended. The first section of this looped walk takes you through a tranquil Coillte forest, where there is a coniferous forestry plantation located on high bog.
This greenway is suitable for walkers and cyclists. Having officially opened in March of 2021, this greenway is the longest one in Ireland and 22km’s of it are right here in County Meath. Access points can be found 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.
This scenic looped walk is not suitable for bikes. Start at Trim Castle and cross over the Millennium Bridge. Take a right and follow the pathway along the river and through the Porchfield until you reach the ruins of the 13th century town of Newtown. Follow the path in a loop around the Porchfield until you return to the Castle. Bring the camera for this walk.
Suitable for cycling but walking is recommended. Slane's long and fascinating history is brilliantly outlined on the Slane Historic Trail. There is a wealth of historic sites to explore in the estate village of Slane. Its past is brought to life through a series of plaques and panels placed at points of interest along the route. This self-guided route is 2.2km long and will take approximately 45-60 minutes. It profiles Slane Cottages, the Roman Catholic Church, the old school, the 1798 monument, the Hill of Slane, Rock House on the Village ‘Square', the Conyngham Arms Hotel, the Church of Ireland, the Georgian House, Dean Cogan House and so much more.
Suitable for cycling but walking is recommended. The walk starts at the Solstice Arts Centre and is 4km long. Navan also offers the stunning Ramparts Canal Walk along the Boyne if you wish to turn your short walk into an adventure. The self-guided route profiles The Solstice Arts Centre, Academy Street/John Boyle O'Reilly, Meath County Infirmary/St. Mary's Church of Ireland/Newgrange Hotel, Tobberorum, the Old Court House, Athlumney Castle and lots more.
Suitable for Cycling and walking. Spending an hour or more exploring the landmarks of this unique town is a wonderfully inspiring way to reach back over the centuries. Start the trail at Kells Courthouse and discover over 10 points of interest including Kells Monastic Site, St. Colmcille’s House, St. Colmcille’s Well and so much more.
You will find a list of over 20 walks here on our website. Stay a night or two to really appreciate our region. You will find the perfect package in our Boyne Valley Escape offering here.
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