This trail walk is a section of the wonderful Western Way, it starts off at Tawnyard at the base of the Sheeffry Mountains and finishes at Aasleagh approx. 4km. from the village of Leenane. The walk starts out at the highest point of the trail at a spectacular lay-by overlooking Tawnyard Lake and Glenumera forest. The trail is mostly downhill as it starts high (120m) and finishes at sealevel.
The initial sheltered gravel roadway sweeps gradually downward towards the eastern side of Tawnyard and Derrintin Lakes, along pine woods, with heather and bog cotton meadows. The walk passes 2 bridges, one on crosses the owenduff River and the second crosses the Erriff river along the valley floor. Locally known as Houston’s Bridge, there are panoramic views of the Partry and Maumtrasna Mountains which dominate the skyline to the south while Bengorm Mountain introduces itself gradually to the North.
The southern grassy riverbank plays host to the downstream dry trail westward, which meanders casually with glimpses of wildlife such as otters, kingfishers, salmon, fox and heron to name but a few. The sounds, sights and scents of this riparian arena are captivating, the water rumbling amplifies as the walk brings you alongside the fabulous Aasleagh waterfall underneath the dominant Scots pine forest.