Woodford River Walk

The Woodford Canal, also known as the Shannon-Erne Waterway, flows through Ballyconnell. A beautiful walk along a sparkling river is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Immerse yourself in the beauty of ancient trees and breathtaking landscapes.

Facilities: Car parking, interpretation, picnic area. Café in Realta Shopping Centre (outside tables overlooking Woodford River).

Getting Here

Woodford River Walk

  • Main Car Park
  • N87
  • Ballyconnell
  • Cavan
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Main Car Park
  • N87
  • Ballyconnell
  • Cavan
  • Republic of Ireland
  • 54.061476, -7.6445349

Walking Trail

  • Distance: 5 km
  • Time: 1 Hour 20 mins
  • Grade: Easy
  • Terrain: Forest tracks
  • Route: Circular
  • Wheelchair accessible: Yes
  • Dogs: Dogs must be kept under control and waste disposed of

Start at the Shopping Centre/Petrol station car park at the bridge in Ballyconnell and cross the road to a small amenity park. Walk along the canal for 200m passing a footbridge. Continue on the path along the river. Eventually you emerge into the open countryside with the river on your left and open field on your right.

Continue walking along the bank. After approximately 45 minutes you will approach Annagh Woods. Enter the woods following the path. After 300m keep right at the fork in the path. Follow the path until emerging from the forest. Follow the path for 200m. Take a right turn onto a small downhill path to your right. At the bottom of the hill, upon meeting the canal, turn left for home.

Downloadable Map

File Type Size Date
Ballyconnell Canal Map pdf 2 MB 20 Jul 2021

Heritage

Let Woodford River Walk awaken your senses with beautiful birdsong, rustling trees and a flowing river. The trees in this area are remnants of an ancient world long gone, with many of the species deriving from woodlands first formed millions of years ago. If you’re lucky you may spot the endangered red squirrel or the native pine marten, which is often found exploring through the landscape.

This stretch of water links two of Ireland’s most important rivers, the Shannon and the Erne, and was known as the River Grainne prior to being canalized in the 19th Century. There is a delightful 5km walk alongside the canal and through the adjacent nature reserve of Annagh Woods that forms part of the Fáilte Ireland Looped Walk Network.

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