Glenbarrow - Waterfall Loop

Walking
County Laois
4.5/5
5 reviews
Grade Moderate
Length 7 km
Time 2 hours
Format Loop
Ascent 30 m
Dogs Allowed No
Waymarking Blue arrow on white background
Start Point
Carpark at Forest Entrance
Finish Point
Carpark at Forest Entrance
Nearest Town to Start Clonaslee
Lat. and Long. 53.1227186, -7.4502643

This walk is on path and forest road. It goes along the river through mature coniferous woodland, passing the Clamp Hole, the largest waterfall on the river, and returning on the side of the mountain through young conifer trees,. This is a remote, quiet and peaceful place in a steep valley. The terrain can be rough in parts and sometimes wet underfoot.

Trail Management

Coillte Portlaoise, Unit A4, Parkside, Abbeyleix Road,
Portlaoise, Co. Laois.
Tel: 1890 367378
Fax: ++ 353 57 8680003

Facilities

Clonaslee

OSI Maps

OSI Maps

Discovery Series Sheet 54
5 trail reviews
4.5/5
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4/5
06/08/2017

Frank from Dublin

If you have the time do either the Old Mill Loop or Eco Walk, or both, as we did on 30th May. The cover most of the ground that the Waterfall Loop does and really nice walks. But if you don't have the time then you will definitely enjoy the Waterfall Loop and I guarantee you come back for more.
5/5
03/30/2016

Anne Marie from Kilkenny

I have just read a review of the Waterfall Loop at Glenbarrow left by Ann from Laois. This is a trail I have recommended to a lot of friends who wanted a nice walk in that area. It is marked with blue arrows and there are maps available on Irish Trails and Slievebloom.ie websites. Perhaps she just missed the arrows? It's such a lovely walk, may I suggest she give it another go? This Sunday morning there is a guided walk from Glenbarrow carpark for the Dawn Chorus (meet at 6.30 am) if Ann is interested she will be in good company and she won't get lost this time.
03/30/2016

Anne from Laois

My cousin and I started this walk on Good Friday and after four hours

walking, came to the conclusion that we were lost, we tried to re-trace

our steps but nothing looked familiar.



We end up at the ridge of something, twenty kilometres from where we

started form, a lovely couple came to our rescue, and took pity on us

and took us back to the Waterfall.

So please be careful and stay on the route, we really enjoyed our walk

once we were back safe.



Thanks for the help to that lovely young couple.
06/07/2015

Stephen leech from _none

Great walk for all ages. The river section is stunning. It's a hidden gem.
03/10/2015

Paul from Offaly

I've done this loop many times. It is a lovely way to spend a couple of hours along a walk that is both easy and, in small parts, challenging. The walk is good for adults and kids alike however wheelchair or other mobility impaired people will find it a bit tough and may only be able to go so far. The walk takes you along the River Barrow with a cool picnic area on the flat rocks on the riverside. Further along is the waterfall which is fenced off but easy to climb over to the edge. Care with kids would be needed so best not let them climb the fence. Some people choose to return back the way they came from the falls but venture on where the terrain gets rougher and steeper and after an hour or so of climbing steadily you will have a gentle slope leading you back to the car park.

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