Brittas Forest Loop

County Laois
2 reviews
Grade Moderate
Length 8 km
Time 2 hours
Format Loop
Ascent 30 m
Dogs Allowed Under effective control
Waymarking Blue arrow on white background
Start Point
car park at entrance to Brittas Forest, Clonaslee village,
Finish Point
car park at entrance to Brittas Forest, Clonaslee village
Nearest Town to Start Clonaslee
Lat. and Long. 53.1466533, -7.526023

This walk follows forest tracks along by the River Clodiagh where you will spot the ruins of a bridge, a weir and a pump house that served a local Big House. Much of the trail passes through mature trees and it touches on the secluded Brittas Lake.




Pat from Clare

Trail head is excellently marked showing the three diffrent routes starting there. It is also a very nice and well marked trail. A detour around the lake, where the ducks will follow you, is worth the extra half of kilometre. Although the gates were locked all the stiles seem to have been recently redone. Great view after leaving the river's edge. Walk is shorter then 8 kilometres so you probably will finish in an hour and half.

Dominic from Dublin

August, 2013. This trail starts, and ends, in the lovely village of Clonaslee and provides a varied walking experience. Riverside paths, country lanes and panoramic views across the Laois countryside. Underfoot were excellent and signposting was good. However, where the track meets Brittas Lake, I found the signposting confusing. If you don't want to circle the lake, do not turn right for the lake - turn left here and continue following blue markings (if you circle the lake, you end up back at this point). As to entering Clonaslee on return, ignore any large barking dogs - as in our case, they'll probably be chained! You can round off a smashing day's hike with tea and scones in Swan's Cafe - tea for 2, with 1 scone, €5!

This would make for a great casual cycle/walk if the half dozen gates along the route were not pad-locked.

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