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96 Be Our Guest S U N S H I N E WALKING on in the EAST When talking about walking trails in the east, Glendalough in Wicklow will be the first name on many people’s lips. With numerous trail options, The Spinc and Glenealo Valley walks provide breath-taking views all along the track looking down on the lake from the top of the Valley. While the difficulty level is moderate it is a popular track for families and novices walkers. Despite its popularity it still contains an abundance of charm and magic. If you want to head further north The Cooley Mountains offer a number of options for walkers who wish to either test their endurance or just enjoy the fresh air and sensational views. Among The Cooley Mountain and Peninsula walking options are the 40km Táin Way. This can begin in a number of areas including Carlingford town. It climbs along Carlingford Mountain before dropping to sea level and rising again through forest trails. You will be offered views of the Irish Sea, The Cooley Peninsula and the Mourne Mountains as you go, and when all is done the charming village of Carlingford awaits you. Co Offaly and Laois also offers a series of great trails. You will need to set aside approximately 3 days to complete The Slieve Bloom Way or you can take in smaller sections of the Offaly Way. One such walk is the Cadamstown Silver River Nature Loop Walk. This beautiful track will take you along laneways, riverbanks through forests and along minor roads while passing church ruins. Why not try one of the East’s newer walkways, a 46km off-road cycling and walking trail created along an old railway line from the quays of Waterford City to the historic port of Dungarvan. Another trail in Co Laois which is growing in popularity it the Durrow Leafy Loop Walk. This walk will take in country lanes, wooded areas, farmland, river banks and an abundance of idyllic surroundings. The walk begins at Castle Durrow where there will be an option of a shorter trail but those who have the fitness can expect up to five hours of walking depending on your speed. The Waterford Greenway provides a safe way to walk and at the same time take in spectacular views from the Comeragh Mountains down to the beaches and headlands of the Copper Coast with lots to discover in-between.