Starting with some of the roads locally I’ve found to be a good way to ease into a regular walking schedule. It’s been some time from I’ve walked and hiked on any regular basis and I’ve opted to start locally with some easy day walks of varying lengths. I want to explore the roads, paths, and trails of the countryside and starting off here with what’s around me just seems like the most natural and best place to begin this adventure. While the area might not be the most well known it has plenty to offer, and hopefully along the way we might find some hidden gems.
Starting off locally also offers me the opportunity to ease into things, one reason I probably like walking and hiking so much is it’s slower and more enjoyable pace for exploring, but it also ensures I know what’s on my doorstep. So much of what I see locally is seen as I’m driving or rushing about daily. Another important reason for starting locally is to give my legs a chance to build up some stamina again. While I have been running for the last few months and increasing the fitness I want to avoid picking up an injuries. Local walks allow me to gather a couple of last basic items for hikes further afield.
One particular route I like to take, specially on busy days is to walk the entire length of the local road where I live. This local road, L5741, although being a tarmac road offers up a mixture of hilly and flats stretches. The road runs to one side of Lough Lene and along the route you’ll find not only views out across the lake, but also views across the hills and fields as you climb and descend the hills. The other benefit to this local road is the quiet and peaceful nature of it being a side road used predominately by locals and farmers. Long parts of it are spent not coming across any vehicles or people so the time spent walking is spent enjoying being outdoors. The total overall walk length of 8.2km I find just stretches out the legs and is a nice easy distance to manage on those busy days.