Starting off in Ballysodare village, walk through the Fairgreen Estate in Ballysodare until you reach the old railway bridge. From here, go underneath the old bridge and start the 4 km linear walk to Collooney along the banks of the Ballysodare River. The path also suits itself perfect to cyclists as it is wide and has a smooth surface.
Going underneath the N4, the noise pollution of the cars overhead quickly disappears and the quietness of the forest greets you. Walking along the Ballysodare river is just beautiful, but not far after having left the river behind us, we discovered a cottage and box which features a small library along the path. The idea is that you can take a book, read it and return it afterwards. Or if you have a few spare books you can leave these in the library for others to take home.
The path links up with one of the paths in Union wood. Following on, you will discover the beauty of union wood with on your left the remains of ireland's ancient oak forest and the Ballysodare river on your right. The bluebells are abundant, the odd squirrel can be observed climbing one of the many trees.
Following the path, you reach the Collooney side of Union Wood where you meet up with the river again. Walking this path at dusk, you might meet deer as well.
Detailed Trail Maps:
Waymarking: Forest tracks
Length (km): 8 km (return)
Ascend (m): 55m
Start point grid reference: IG 166865 , 329119
Finish point grid reference: IG 166865 , 329119
Ordnance survey map: OSI discovery series 25