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Mid Clare Way
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Trail crossing R462 road
Length 148 km (92 mi)
Location County Clare, Ireland
Designation National Waymarked Trail
Trailheads Newmarket-on-Fergus
Use Hiking
Elevation gain/loss +1,620 m (5,315 ft)
Difficulty Moderate
Season Any

The Mid Clare Way is a long-distance trail in County Clare, Ireland. It is a 148-kilometre (92-mile) long circular route that begins and ends in Newmarket-on-Fergus. It is typically completed in six days. It is designated as a National Waymarked Trail by the National Trails Office of the Irish Sports Council and is managed by East & Mid Clare Way Limited and the Mid Clare Way Committee. The trail was developed over a six-year period and opened on 31 May 1999 by Síle de Valera, Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands.

The trail makes a circuit of the countryside surrounding the town of Ennis, taking in the villages of Quin, Spancil Hill, Doon, Ruan, Connolly, Lissycasey and Clarecastle. The trail connects with the East Clare Way at the townland of Gortnamearacaun.

A review of the National Waymarked Trails in 2010 found the condition of the route to be poor and usage to be low with a high proportion of the route (65%) to be on roads. The report recommended that format of the trail be examined and consideration given to the development of a series of shorter walks.

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