River and canal walks can have special appeal, the scenery always changing due to flowing water, weirs, locks and the changing countryside. Lenny Antonelli introduces some of the best river and canal trails in the east and east midlands, from short strolls to a five-day trek along the Barrow.
Castles are the most familiar medieval landmark across the Irish countryside. Their often romantic appearance belies their turbulent history and their lore abounds in stories of sieges, betrayals and daring escapes.
The Kerry Way is one of Ireland’s longest waymarked Ways, and arguably its finest. It runs for about 130 miles (210 km) through Ireland's most spectacular mountain landscapes, starting and finishing in the town of Killarney. Dramatic peaks and glens, wild moorlands, loughs and windswept passes blend with extensive coastal panoramas. The complete walk takes about nine days, but it can easily be shortened. Each section ends at a village or town with welcoming Irish pubs and B&Bs.