Towards the back end of 2020 we had bought a house just outside the town of Roscommon and during these days of limited travel we decided to explore what was available to us on our doorstep. After some advice we were delighted to find Mote Park.
Being in such a rural destination we knew there would be some hidden gems and Mote Park Roscommon was certainly one of them
Situated a 5 minute drive from Roscommon town centre and 35 minutes from the town of Athlone.
A lovely little forest with a couple of walking track options and picnic benches. A great spot to get out with the family and get some fresh air. Plenty of trails and to keep you going and enjoy some peaceful time.
Our trip to Mote Park Roscommon
On entering a map of all the tracks and trails you can take through Mote Park. A great idea to get a start at where you will head. There is a couple of short loops and for the more adventurous a few bigger loops but all intergrating with each, saving you the trouble of getting lost. Unless you go rogue as I had to with my 2 year old a couple times and headed through the dense forest itself.
A beautiful long stretch looking straight into the forest is you first view. A well paved walkway which was most surprising and very welcomed. The paved way making much easier access for everyone especially for bringing young children.
Another pathway through the forest. A beautiful time of the year with the autumn leaves and the crisp fresh air my son was fascinated with the leaves all over the ground. The sun peers through the trees picking up all those beautiful colours.
The first of two trails was the Bluebell walk taking you off to the side and through the dense forest, leading back down the side past fields and looping back to the beginning entrance.
The second trail we came across was the Crofton trail again another trail this time off to the other side of the forest and again leading down to the beginning and the entrance of the forest. This trail is slightly longer than the first and slopes down into the forest and certainly a lot more to see
The forest is perfect for a family outing with as seen below one of many picnic benches along the way and with small tracks behind into the forest the kids would be entertained for a while.
The forest is well maintained and very easily accessible for anyone.
We only did the 2 loops around the tracks, but past the Crofton trail the forest went on and on and well we will have to see what is up there on another trip, we will update when we find out what is there.
But all in all a perfect spot for a morning walk and get out amongst nature and the crisp fresh air.
All that walking would work up a thirst and set you up nicely for a nice homemade lunch, well look no further than Roscommon’s Rogue & Co.
Situated on the high street in Roscommon Rogue & Co is a trendy cafe offering great food and beverages.
High recommendations the double smash burger and the haloumi burger, or for early risers the smashed avo on sourdough topped with siracha is always a winner.
Equally as a pre walk stop take away coffees and homemade scones are always a hit.
Note: Due to the pandemic level 5 restrictions are in place in Ireland so restaurants are currently working as take aways only. Please check ahead with the venue itself below
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