Familiar images from Castlebar walking festival's road routes, day one

A curious donkey. There is always one!

THE first day of the 53rd annual Castlebar International Four Days Walks would have taken place today if the Covid-19 pandemic had not caused such disruption worldwide.

The imposing Conloon Bridge

While the organisers were left with no option but to cancel the event, the decision caused great disappointment in the hearts of so many people who love participating every year because of its unique atmosphere and friendly faces.

The Garden of Fox's Gloves near Burren.

So, as a loyal supporter of the festival for many years, The Connaught Telegraph dispatched a reporter to capture some of the familiar images of day one of the road walks for those missing the event so much.

The horseshoe gate

Starting at Sion Hill, it's a lovely trek through the scenic districts of Ardvarley, Tawneyshane, Conloon, Derrylahan, Burren and Sarnaught on the outskirts of the county town, which has so many beautiful walks for local people to enjoy all year round.

Evidence of a strong campaign to stop illegal dumping in rural communities. Very welcome, indeed, and well done to everybody involved as far too many of our lovely places are being spoiled by those who simply do not care for their environment.
The Ivy Wall at glorious Derrylahan. Check it out sometime. The views are stunning.

Tomorrow, our reporter will head out on the rural roads of Snugboro, Derryharriff, Graffa, Glenisland and Tawnycoolawee and file a similar report with images from the route.

An eye-catching image from the quiet village of Tawneyshane.

Hope you enjoy them all.

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