Walking Holidays at Riverhaven
Riverhaven is a perfect base for walking holidays. There are several looped, trail and hill walks to enjoy within a short drive of the accommodation. Riverhaven itself boasts a beautiful forest and riverside walk which allows guests to stroll to and from the local shop without ever using the public road. The local park, Lough Key Forest Park also holds many varied scenic walks of varied lengths.
The Arigna Mines in County Roscommon were exploited for over four hundred years to extract iron and coal. The village of Arigna was the centre of the industry, and the Miner’s Way and Historical Trail is a 118km-long figure-of-eight walking route that starts and ends at Arigna. The route is a varied one that manages to touch on three lakes, Lough Allen, Lough Arrow and Lough Key and crosses three low mountain ranges, Corry Mountain, the Curlew Mountains and the Bricklieve Mountains.
The Arigna Miner’s Way and Historical Trail walks are a network of walking paths which wind their way through adjoining parts of Counties Leitrim, Roscommon and Sligo. The Miners Way follows many of the paths which would historically have been used by the miners going to work in the Arigna coal mines. This walk makes a circuit starting in Arigna, travelling via Keadue, Ballyfarnon and Corrie Mountain and returning to Arigna. The Historical Trail section runs in a great loop, leaving the Miners Way at Keadue and running to Lough Key Forest Park, Boyle, Carrowkeel, Castlebaldwin, Highwood and returning to the Miners Way at Ballyfarnon. A third loop connects the Miners Way to Sli Liatroma and goes around Lough Allen by Drumkeeran, Dowra, Drumshanbo and back to Arigna. The Arigna Miners Way, including all links is 62km (39 miles) in length and ascends some 1300 metres. The Historical Trail is 56km (35 miles) in length and ascends some 850 metres. These walks offer exceptional panoramic views and are most suitable for a week’s walking as the visitor can pick and choose which sections to walk on any given day. The terrain on the route consists mainly of a variety of quiet tarmac roads, paths across fields, open moorland and forestry paths.
Knockvicar Bog Walk is a looped walk through “Rockingham” and “Peytons” Heritage Bogs and Nature Trails. Riverhaven is in a perfect location close to this walk just 10 minutes by foot. Free access is available to the public who can wander along the designated trails which are marked and have posts with information placards. If required Knockvicar Organic Gardens will act as guides for groups or individuals.
Boyle Historical Walking Trail is a historical walking tour of Boyle which possesses many of the threads that weave through the history of Ireland. Much has gone, but the whisper of that history can still be heard as you walk the streets and look at buildings, monuments and authentic shops where a welcome is always extended to visitors. The civic art collection in King house is an excellent example of the artistic values of the people of Boyle and a legacy of the outstanding commitment of the late Fergus Ahern RIP who for many years successfully organised the Boyle Arts Festival.