All roads lead to Carlow for the Autumn Walking Festival 2022 which will take place from 30 September to 2 October! The Carlow Walking Festival is back and this year it is better than ever! With a selection of 17 graded walks to choose from over the weekend, this festival has something for everyone!

What to expect

You can expect a wide and diverse experience for all those who are interested in nature walks, historical sites, photography enthusiasts, and those who want to get their blood pumping as they tick a few hills off their to-do lists! The festival has added its own grading system A-C in order of difficulty, as well as timing them in order to help you when it comes to choosing the perfect walks for your level of fitness and ability! All of the walks finish with light refreshments as well as an opportunity to discuss your experiences with fellow walkers. You can rest assured that you will be in good hands as all of the hikes are led by knowledgeable and experienced local guides from local clubs! The walks will vary in pace and difficulty with durations ranging from 1.5-7 hours.

When is it?

Ireland Walking Festivals 2019
Image: Carlow Tourism

The Carlow Walking Festival takes place as the leaves reach their golden peak! Friday, 30 September to Sunday, 2 October 2022.

Where is it?

Carlow Walking Festival: Walking to Mt. Leinster

The Carlow Walking Festival takes place in Carlow of course! Carlow is, in our opinion, one of the most overlooked parts of the country! Home to the Blackstairs Mountains, Mount Leinster, Altamont Gardens, the Kilbrannish Forest Trails, and the Barrow Valley, this county is spoilt with amazing outdoor spaces!

How do I sign up?

For further information on the walks, starting points, and rules of participation and to book your place on these amazing walks, visit the website or phone 059-9130411.

Details of special accommodation packages are available at

“By introducing our county to walkers of all ages and abilities, we hope we are playing our part in encouraging more people to enjoy the splendour of the great outdoors whilst reaping the health benefits associated with walking,” 

– Michael Walsh, chairman of Carlow Tourism

By Matthew McConnell

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