Way to go - River Shannon
MAP: OS of Ireland 1:50,000 Discovery 58; downloadable map/instructions at discoverireland.ie/walking.
TRAVEL: Rail (irishrail.ie): Castleconnell or Birdhill (both 5 miles). Bus (bus eireann.ie): 323, 345. Road: On R463 Limerick-Killaloe; off N7 Limerick-Nenagh.
WALK DIRECTIONS: From bridge at O'Briensbridge follow Shannon towpath (blue arrows/BA) downstream on right bank. In 1½ miles, bear right along Errina Canal towpath. In 1 mile, go under Errina Bridge; climb up to road; left (BA) along road; through gate (BA); right along right bank of the Headrace for 2¾ miles to Parteen Weir. Descend slope with handrail on right; follow Parteen Weir Loop (green arrows) downstream beside Shannon to O'Briensbridge.
LENGTH: 7½ miles -- allow three hours.
DON'T MISS: Views of O'Briensbridge from Shannon towpath; tow-rope grooves on Errina Bridge; Parteen Weir; views over Lough Derg.
REFRESHMENTS: Old Mill Bar & Restaurant, O'Briensbridge (061 372 020; vfi.ie/Pub/18-The-Old-Mill).
ACCOMMODATION: Anvil B&B, Smithy's Place, Montpelier, O'Briensbridge (061 372 005).
INFORMATION: Local information, contact Michael Murtagh (061 377289/ 086 856 6556). Tourist Office: Arthur's Row, Ennis (065 682 8366; shannon regiontourism.ie).
WALKING NEWS: Tinahely Trail Walking Festival, Co Wicklow, April 17-18, 2010. See tinahely.ie (email tinahelywalkerswelcome@ eircom.net or call 087 148 2468). Ballyhoura International Walking Festival, Co Limerick, May 1-3. See ballyhoura country.com/events.