Gentle loop walks run along the Shannon Blueway, perfect for exploring the river by foot or cycle.
The 5km the Drumleague Lock Loop walk starts at Battlebridge Lock and takes you alongside the canal to Drumleague Lock. After crossing the canal at the Lock, follow the trail back to Battlebridge Lock.
Start from the mapboard at Battlebridge Lock and follow the red and purple arrows for 100m to reach the tarred road. Continue straight here following the roadway along the right bank of the canal. 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. Now follow the red and 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.
You can choose to extend the walk further by continuing on the Drumhauver Bridge Loop and the Acres Lake Boardwalk.
Trail only has gentle slopes with no continuous climbing on the route. Suitable for family groups including children and the elderly
LENGTH OF WALK: 5km
TIME: Approx 1 hour 30 mins to 2 hours
DOGS ALLOWED: Yes – on a lead
FACILITIES NEARBY: Leitrim Village 1km – cafes, shops, pubs, restaurants and accommodation
WALKING TERRAIN: Canal Path
WALK ASCENT: 50m/20m
SUGGESTED GEAR: Specific outdoor walking footwear and clothing are required
TRAILHEAD/STARTING POINT: Battlebridge Lock near Leitrim Village
DIRECTIONS TO THE STARTING POINT: In Leitrim Village take the left turn for Keadue (R284) In 1 km watch for a stone bridge which crosses the canal. Turn left just before and travel 100 m to reach Battlebridge Lock. The trailhead is located at the mapboard here.