After a break for one year, the Foxford Walking Festival has returned at an earlier date in
the year, the first weekend in June. The
change is to try to ensure that in addition to
experiencing the beauty of the North Mayo
countryside, visitors will this year have an opportunity
to enjoy some good weather and
sunshine also. There are a range of short/family friendly, moderate and hard walks
All walks start and finish at the Foxford Sports & Leisure Centre (opposite Foxford Woollen Mills).
Registration will be open from 8.30 in the Sports & Leisure Centre each morning. Walkers should
register 1 hour before their walk commences.
Short/Family Friendly Walks Free
Moderate Walks €10
Hard Walk €15
Fees include bus transfers (where applicable) and refreshments provided in the Foxford Sports & Leisure Centre before and after walks
Situated between the Nephin and the Ox
Mountains, Foxford lies on the River Moy, an
internationally renowned salmon river. It is
close to Loughs Conn and Cullin, which also
have excellent wild brown trout fishing.
Foxford, overlooked by Nephin and historically
called Bellasa (Béal Easa, meaning "mouth of
the waterfall"), is a village 16km south
of Ballina, in County Mayo.
One of the earliest mentions of Foxford is
found in a survey of County Mayo by Robert
Downing for William Molyneux, in 1682 which
referred to the settlement as "a new plantation
of English and Scots, and Ironworks, now
called Foxford, but once Bellasea".
The Foxford Way is an 86km waymarked walking
trail that circles Foxford, taking in the Ox
Mountains, roads, bog land, archaeological
sites, lakeshores, and river banks. It forms the
basis for many walks in the area.
No litter please — Respect the countryside!
Practice the 7 principles of “Leave No Trace”
Hard/Moderate Walks: Sturdy waterproof walking
boots, waterproof jacket and overtrousers, rucksack
with food, water and a hot drink.
Easy Walks: Sturdy walking shoes or wellingtons.
Rain Jacket, if rain is forecast.
Children. All children under 16 must be accompanied
and supervised by an adult on all walks.
No Dogs. Regrettably dogs are not permitted on
festival walks, as some cross private farm land.
This is also for the comfort and safety of other