Durrow Leafy Loops - Leafy loop

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the collapse of a section of the river bank this trail has become impassable between the trailhead and Dunmore Wood meaning this section of the trail is currently closed. Work to rectify the issue will be done as quickly as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
The walk can be joined in Dunmore Wood.

County Laois
23 reviews
Grade Moderate
Length 14.3 km
Time 5 hours
Format Loop
Ascent 100 m
Dogs Allowed No
Waymarking Purple arrow on white background
Start Point
Finish Point
Nearest Town to Start Durrow
Grid Ref. S 407 773
Lat. and Long. 52.845407, -7.395178

This walk on country lanes, river bank, forestry paths, woodland tracks and hill paths takes the walker through mixed broadleaf and conifer woods, across farmland and along rivers, passing the ruins of Dunmore House. Lovely views of the Laois countryside with lots of diverse rural scenery and magnificent bluebells in spring.

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Restaurants, shops, accommodation, car parking

Care is needed while crossing the main road. Please note sections of the loop can be prone to flooding in adverse weather conditions

OSI Maps

OSI Maps

Discovery Series Sheet 60
23 trail reviews
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Dominic from Dublin

I can only endorse what was said by previous reviewers. This is a really lovely and varied hiking route with excellent sign-posting and attractions to keep you interested along the way. Note that when I walked the trail on 16.03.14, the Dunmore Wood section by the river is almost impassable due to fallen trees (at least 20!) However, as can be seen from thr route-map, this is easily bypassed.

Dolores from Laois

Leafy Loops is a beautiful trail with a great mixture of woodland paths, country roads, and river banks. Some great scenery along the way too. Although it is 23 k It is by no means a tough walk and suitable for all walkers. A pack of maps which includes the Leafy Loops among others is available at the Copper Kettle which was open for breakfast when we arrived just after 8 am. Lovely way to start a great walk in beautiful countryside . I would give this walk 5 stars for sure.

Debbie from Laois

The leafy loops is actually a series of smaller walks which all together make up the larger loop of 21.6 km. In pieces it can easily be done by families. Sections can be done with buggies including Dunmore wood, just off the N77 to the north of Durrow village. The entire loop takes you through woodland, some native ancient woodland and other planted sections. It follows the banks of the river Nore and Erkina, some minor roads,woodland trails and hill paths. It really gives a variety of flora, fauna, countryside, waterways and woodland in a relatively small footprint around the beautiful village of Durrow. The map booklet can be purchased for a small fee from the local shop in Durrow village and there is now an app for your iphone to talk you through it, just to ensure you don't get lost! It's a great stop off from your journey, not far from the new motorway. exit Cullohill/Johnstown or Rathdowney/Abbeyleix.

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