Trailhead: Battlebridge Lock, near Leitrim Village, Co Leitrim
Services: Leitrim Village (1km) and Drumshanbo (7km)
Dist/Time: 5km / 1hr30min – 2hrs
Terrain: Minor roads, canal banks.
To Suit: All levels of fitness
Min. Gear: Trekking shoes, raingear, fluid, and mobile phone.
A-B. Start from the mapboard at Battlebridge Lock follow the red and purple arrows for 100m to reach the tarred road. [The purple arrows are for the longer Drumhauver Bridge Loop] Continue STRAIGHT here following the roadway (L7381) along the right bank of the canal.
B-C. Continue to follow the red and purple arrows along this minor road for approx 2.5km to reach Drumleague Lock and Bridge. The Drumhauver Bridge Loop continues straight here – but you TURN LEFT, cross the bridge, and TURN LEFT again to join the other side of the canal.
C-A. Now follow the red an purple arrows as the loop takes you along this grassy canal bank for 2.5km to reach the tarred road again at Battlebridge. Exit with care, TURN LEFT, cross the bridge and TURN RIGHT towards Battlebridge Lock and the trailhead.
Directions to Trailhead
– From the town of Carrick-on-Shannon take the R280, following the signs for Leitrim and Keadew.
– After approx 7km you reach Leitrim Village. As you exit the village watch for the left turn to Keadew (R284). TURN LEFT here.
– After nearly 1km turn watch for a stone bridge which crosses the canal.
TURN LEFT just before it and travel 100m to reach Battlebridge Lock. The trailhead is located at the mapboard here.