The route for 2020 will be the same as 2019. However, we will be doing the walk over 3 days rather than 4. We will start on Saturday 2nd May and finish on Monday 4th May and on day three, we will walk the 37km from Shannon Harbour to Tullamore, with just a brief stop in Pollagh, just to say hello to our new friends there.
The night before the walk we will be staying in the Galway Bay Sea View Apartments, so that we can be ready to go on Saturday morning. We are grateful to them for breaking their minimum stay of 2 nights rule on a busy Bank Holiday Weekend and for giving us a discount rate.
Day 1: The walk will commence from Spanish Arch at 8:30am on Saturday 2rd May.
From there, we will make our way to Oranmore, taking a route out of town along the path running beside the railway line to the army barracks and then though the housing estates before dropping down onto the coast road and hopefully arriving in Oranmore for our first break (Costa Coffee) at around 10:30am.
From Oranmore we then hit the open roads and strike out along the R446 towards our next main break, which will be Rafferty’s Bar in Craughwell. If all goes to plan, we should arrive there between 2:00pm and 2:30pm.
After a short rest and something to eat, we will then head off towards Loughrea and our final resting place for the day (approx. 32KM). We will be staying the night at the White House Manor. Many thanks to Mary O’Regan for giving us a discount on our rooms and for the luxury of a Hot Tub to look forward to!
Day 2: An early start on Sunday on Conor and his twin brother Owen’s 29th birthday. We plan on an 8am start and will continue along the R446 for Ballinasloe. We will pass through Loughrea a short time later and our next main port of call will be Kilrickle (approx. 11am). After refreshments and a rest, the next 20km will feel like the longest part of the four days, as there is very little on the main road in terms of resting points. We will though reach Aughrim around 3 hours after leaving Kilrickle, before the final arduous trek to and through Ballinasloe to the welcome luxury of the Shearwater Hotel (after 35km on the day and 67km in total). Thanks to the hotel for giving us a discount our rooms.
Day 3: Monday will start with a short drive to Shannon Harbour, where we will begin the last (and longest) leg of our journey along the Grand Canal at around 8:30am. From here, we will walk along the canal bank until we reach Pollagh, probably at around 1pm. After a short break for refreshments and a chat with our friends from last year, will we leave Pollagh for our final destination.
The plan is to reach Tullamore Town at around 5pm. Here we will be met by friends and family and hopefully other supporters and continue through the town until we reach the Charleville Estate and the King Tree (approx. 37km on the day and 104km in total).
Hopefully we will be at the King Tree by around 5:30pm
After the walk, we will go to the Central Hotel to get cleaned up and ready for some music and relaxation at Joe Lee’s bar in the evening. Many thanks to John at the bar for arranging the evening for us. It was a great night last year and so if you are in the area, feel free to join us and say hello.
A huge thank you to the hotel for giving us one room free of charge. They have also offered a special discount rate for friends, family and supporters. So let us know (via the contact form) if you are planning on staying the night.