Slí na Sláinte Routes
Slí na Sláinte stands for “path to health” and routes have been developed countrywide by the Irish Heart Foundation – the national heart and stroke charity. Routes are marked by bright colourful signposts which are situated at 1km intervals. Simply follow the km signs and set your pace to suit your enjoyment.
Slí na Sláinte Routes – Kildare
Your 2.6km Slí starts at the courthouse by the River Barrow. This historic Jacobean style building was opened as the town’s corn exchange building in 1857 and was converted to the courthouse in 1891.Continue along the River Barrow, under the Horse Bridge and Railway Bridge and along the canal path to the slipway which leads to the Carlow Road. Turn left along the Carlow Road to St. Michael’s Church of Ireland which was built in 1840 on a site owned by the Duke of Leinster. Turn right at this point and proceed by the People’s Park to the Railway Station. Continue left along Leinster Street and back to the Courthouse. This route can be walked in either direction and is recommended as a daytime walk.
Slí na Sláinte Routes – Carlow
Carlow Town Slí
The Carlow Town Slí is a 5km walking route which starts in the centre of town, at the car park opposite the County Council Offices and the Garda Station, near the junction of the Athy Road and Dublin Street. The route continues along the Athy Road and turns left at the Athy Road roundabout. Following the Northern Relief Road for almost 2 km, the route passes through the Portlaoise Road Roundabout, then turns left at the next roundabout onto the Killeshin Road. Continuing again for over 2km, the route crosses over Graiguecullen Bridge onto Kennedy Street before turning left at the post office onto Dublin Street and back to the starting point on the Athy Road.
The Rathnapish/Askea Slí is a 3.7km route, which starts at Shamrock Plaza on Tullow Street. The route continues along Green Lane and through the first roundabout before turning right at the Dublin Road roundabout onto the O’Brien Road. Passing Askea Church continue towards the Tullow Road roundabout and turn right down the Tullow Road, walking back towards the starting point on Shamrock Square.
St. Mullins Slí
The 6.27km walk starts in the heart of the scenic village of St. Mullins outside the graveyard wall. From here you have a good view of the monastic ruins, Norman motte and bailey and the River Barrow. Around by the side of the graveyard you proceed down a steep hill, passing by the remains of a flour-mill to the River Barrow. Turn right onto the Barrow tow-path and continue by the river towards Brandon Hill. Enjoy the wild flora and fauna and the river wildlife habitat, passing by St. Mullins Lock Gates, the island drawbridge, the weir and continue up to an 18th century lime kiln. Watch out for swans, grey herons, duck, water hen, kingfisher and otter. Turn off the tow-path here and take the path that leads into Bahana Wood (Bahana means birch). Follow the forestry road through the wood. As you proceed to the top of the wood lane you will see breath-taking views of the Blackstairs Mountains. Arriving at the Graiguenamanagh/St.Mullins road you turn right and follow this road back to St. Mullins village. Just at the top of Templenabo Hill you will see on your left, the remains of the early christian church of Templenabo. From this vantage-point you will have a bird’s eye view of the village of St. Mullins and its surrounds. Continue on downhill past the green, back to where you started.
Slí na Sláinte Routes – Wexford
New Ross Slí
The Slí route in New Ross is 8.7km and follows the Ring Road around the town and along the river. Beginning at the bridge where you will see a map sign of the route, you follow the Quay along the River Barrow and then the Wexford Road for 3km. The route then turns onto the Bosheen Road passing the Vocational School and Irishtown. Continuing along Mountgarrett Road past the G.A.A. Grounds, you will see the ruins of Mountgarrett Castle. At the junction with the Enniscorthy Road you turn back towards the town along Cherries Road with a beautiful view of the River Barrow by your side. The route follows the one way system into the town to bring you back to the bridge once more.