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There are infinite charms to discover at Co. Mayo, Ireland. The county still holds a number of undisturbed attractions worth exploring. A traditional way of touring the county is on foot. Today, walking is still a well cherished activity here at Mayo. Whether for a serious exploration or a leisure past time, walking is an indispensable way of experiencing the best of what Co. Mayo has to offer.

The county has several walking routes to follow. Perfect for the leisure walkers, these routes provide imposing challenges yet provide a satisfying reward after. All routes pass along the most scenic areas of the county – enough to entertain those with eyes for natural beauty and impress those who see more than what the eyes can see.

One walking route that is well traversed on at Mayo is the Sli na Slainte Walking Route. The term for the walking route actually means “Path to Health” – most probably derived from the health benefits the walk could offer. There are three Sli na Slainte routes in Mayo – all are established ways created by the Irish Heart Foundation. One route is in Ballina, the other in Belmullet and the other at Ceathru Thaidgh. The Ballina route is 3.2 km in length, the Belmullet is 3.1 km, while the Ceathru Thaidg route is 3 km in length. Each of these three routes passes along the panoramic areas of Co. Mayo.

Another Mayo walking route that has gained quite an impressive reputation in terms of walking activities is the Foxford Way. This is a lengthy route that covers 86 km long way. Walkers trekking the Foxford Way are bordered on one side by the Ox Mountains and on the other side by the Nephin Mountains. The route passes along quagmires, mountains, rivers and lakes – all adding uniqueness and distinctive appeal to the walkway. Areas like the Foxford, Straide and Pontoon are covered by the Foxford Way.

To discover the north western part of Co. Mayo, Ireland, on foot, walkers are welcome to follow the Erris Walks. North West Mayo offers walkers with some of the county’s unparalleled beauty and eye popping vistas. The Erris Walk is suitable for all types of walkers – including the leisurely paced walkers. Erris Walk offers a number of interesting walks including the Dun Chaochain Walks, Bangor Trail, Erris Walks, and the Western Way.

Walking is not only good for health – as what medical proofs tell – it is also a great way to discover and explore a particular piece of paradise, here being Co. Mayo, Ireland.

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