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Mullaghmeen of Many Paths

Mullaghmeen, not far from Oldcastle, about 8 km, and is handy from Castlpollard, is perhaps the prime forest of Westmeath in the Midlands that is not exactly celebrated for its walking woodlands. Actually, most people bike around this forest. It is popular with families who bring along sets of bikes sized to suit every member of the family from the big wheel large stem saddle up into the rear end of 'dad' to the mini-wheeled ting-a-ling bell and dangling ponies molehill bike of the youngest daughter. Today, on this Equinox Sunday afternoon, it was Bards In The Woods time ... but despite several requests to hold Bards In The Woods here, over the pas 3 years, nobody turned up. Time to have fun exploring the forest myself :-) Over 400 hectares of trees here at Mullaghmeen. There are the all too frequent sitka spruce and fir trees here, but this is also the most extensive planted beech forest in Ireland. I have been told that this was the first first forest plante