Walk of the Week
Killeshandra Loop, Co cavan
Distance: 6k Ascent: 60m/30m Duration: 1hr30mins to 2hrs Grade: Easy Terrain: Lakeshore paths, forestry roads, grassy paths and minor road Trailhead Town Lough, Killeshandra, Co Cavan
Killeshandra is only 5k from Killykeen Forest Park, a wonderland of lakes, rivers and forests.
From the roundabout on the Dublin side of Cavan town take the bypass road signposted Killeshandra. This takes you on to the R198. Pass through Crossdoney and 2k later, as the R198 turns left, veer right on to the R199 to reach Killeshandra (total distance 20k).
Travel to the top of the town and turn right at the Ulster Bank. Follow this road for 500m to reach the town lake.
Starting from the car park, follow the purple arrow on to the pathway. Continue to follow the path for 600m before exiting on to a roadside path. Turn left and follow the path for 200m before crossing the road to enter forestry.
After 2k the loop exits on to a roadway where it turns right and, after 500m, joins a road at a T-junction – again turning right.
After 300m the loop swings left at a junction, 300m afterwards it leaves the road, turning right and entering forestry.
The forestry takes you on to the edge of Pleasure Lake.
Climbing to reach a car park on the R199, the loop descends into the town. After strolling through the main street, the loop turns right at the Ulster Bank and makes it's way back to the trailhead.