RTEThe new Tracks and Trails TV Series has returned again this year to RTE. Over the next few weeks it will feature some magnificent walking and cycling trails from around the country. The series, which is supported by the Irish Sports Council, seeks to raise awareness about Ireland growing National trail system and encourage people to explore some of the wonderful trails that have been developed around the country. The first programme was shown last Friday evening and featured Connemara, the second one which will air on this Friday, February 21st at 7.30pm will feature Lough Boora (Co. Offaly) and The Leafy Loop Walk in Durrow, Co. Laois which was created by Durrow Development Forum.
Retired Politican Liz Mc Manus journeys on the looped walks on Lough Boora in the Midlands and takes in a 16km route from Durrow Castle in Laois to the highest point in the area The Ballagh. The trail head begins near the gates of Durrow Castle and meanders in a loop around the town taking in the highest vantage point in the area. During her walk on this leafy loop Liz hikes a woodland path that loops around to the River Nore.
Ms. Ann Lanigan, Rural Recreational Officer with Laois Partnership, and local historian Sean Conroy feature in the programme. The views from here in all directions are stunning and this walk is approximately 16km long. Laois County Council & Bord na Móna contributed to the making of this programme, which is well worth watching, and for those late reading this article the programme can be viewed online using the RTE Player at this address… http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/10255530/ online.