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There is a great variety of sights to view as you Walk Around Sligo Town. Remember to visit the tourist office first to collect some ideas and info.
What better way to discover Sligo, than by walking through its rich landscape. From waymarked routes to coastal paths and mountain hikes to strolls through floral scented woods. Sligo’s breathtaking landscape will refresh and enliven your senses.
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As stated above. Even if you have no transport you can enjoy at least one walk, that in Doorly Park, which is a river walk that can start at the Glasshouse hotel and follow the river back along Rockwood Parade. The enjoyable/scenic part of the walk doesn't really start until approx. over 1 km by which time you have reached a sign saying Doorly Park and have passed the County Council Offices. There are stunning peaceful views of the lake and over to Calry Church on the other side of the river. There is also an excellent playground here for all ages - a children's playground and also outdoor gym equipment for adults but the main attraction is the peaceful woodland setting and the proximity to the lake.
Hazelwood is also reasonably accessible in so far as a taxi here should cost about 8 euro each way. The walk itself is short , only 3km on the flat, but if you are a Yeats fan or a person who likes a little peace and tranquillity in mature mixed woodland in a lakeside setting on a earthen path this is for you. Perhaps get the phone number of the taxi and get them to collect you when you finish. There are picnic tables so a nice thing to do would be to take some lunch and eat and have a walk.
Deerpark is also within a taxi ride of town, perhaps 6 km. This is a more challenging walk and not really suitable for buggies or anyone with walking difficulties with some short steep inclines all on a gravel path, however there are some spectacular 360 degree views including of Sligo town out to the coast and back towards the hills of Leitrim . There is also a chambered megalithic cairn at the summit and it's importance can be understood in the context of the surroundings.
Union wood is potentially accessible from Collooney which is served by the Sligo Dublin train but only for those intent on long walks.