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Walking & Cycling Breaks & Routes

The Hodson Bay Hotel is ideally situated in some of the best walking landscapes in Ireland. Athlone and Ireland’s Lakelands is one of Ireland's most spectacular and beautiful walking destinations. It offers not only great scenery but also dramatic lakeshore and castle walks. There are spectacular walks and cycling trails to be enjoyed with plenty of places to see along the way whether you prefer to take a stroll along the Shannon on a hot Summers’ day or treat the kids to a picnic at Portlick Forest

The Connaught Walk Athlone
A very interesting 3k sightseeing walk that take you through all the historic and cultural areas of Athlone Town. Starting at the impressive bridge in Athlone Town, wander through the colorful Left Bank region, pass by Athlone Castle built in the 13th Century, enjoy a stroll by the magnificent Shannon river, old canals, and much more
Culture-icon Mote Park Heritage Walkway
Mote Park Heritage Walkway is a heritage walk outside Roscommon town of 20km (approx) through open farmland, forest and hillside. Mote Park Forest is home to many species of wildlife e.g. red squirrel and pine marten and is very popular with local people for walking, cycling, bird watching etc. A permanent orienteering course is located at Mote Park.
Icon Cycle Shannon Banks Nature trail
This nature trail walk starts at the rear of Athlone Castle and is approx 5kms long. It is a looped bi-directional walk which takes you along the banks of the River Shannon and the old Athlone Canal. There are four Information boards along the trail detailing flora, fauna,wildlife and fish that are along the walk.
Rindoon trail Rindoon trail and nature walk
One the Rindoon trail is where you can follow one of the most enchanting walks in Ireland. Situated on the western coast of Lough Ree this peninsula contains one of Irelands finest archeological sites - a medieval township complete with church , castle, windmill, hospital, bee boles, harbour and turreted town wall. It was established in 1227 and many of its buildings are evident to this day.
Icon Walking St. Johns woodland
St Johns Wood is situated further on the banks of Lough Ree within walking distance of Rindoon. It is one of the most important woodlands in Ireland and is recognised as the largest and most natural woodland in the midlands. This ancient woodland on limestone dates back to the 1600's and contains a wide variety of native trees, shrubs, flowers and plants.
Lough Boora Lough Boora discovery park
A short drive from the hotel is one of the most diverse nature parks in Ireland. Featuring a unique sculpture collection created by Irish and European artists, a bike rental and scenic nature preserve with a mesolithic site, and a patridge preserve, there are plenty of sights to see.
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