NATURE TRAILS

The Lacken Walk, which forms part of the River Nore Linear Park, follows the east bank of the River Nore as it flows south for Bennetsbridge.

Access from either the ring road at Ossory bridge or from the "Lacken Steps" at the end of Maudlin Street/Dublin Road (near the viewing area). The Lacken Walk comprises a mix of old pathway dating back to the 1950's which travels to the rear of the old Health Board grounds at St. Canice's. As the path opens out into the flood plain a board walk is provided to take walkers across the often wet and flooded ground. This in turn leads to a new pedestrian bridge which crosses over the Nore and links to the Canal Walk on the western bank of the river. From here one can walk back towards the city centre and access the Castle gardens when the pedestrian door in the Castle is open during opening hours.


I used a Sony 85mm GM lens for this session but I was not a hundred percent happy with the results - there was little light available and I do not like using high ISO.

The Canal Walk (parallel to Kilkenny Castle Grounds) is the third section of the Nore Linear Park.


The trail begins at the Canal Square on Rose Inn Street where there is a new City pavilion with benches overlooking the Rivercourt hotel, in the shadow of the historic Kilkenny Castle. This is an attractive walk lined for much of its length with mature trees especially limes. The walk runs from Canal Square and terminates at Archersgrove Mills (also known as Fennessey’s Mill) . During Kilkenny Castle Park open hours it is possible to access the grounds of the Castle Park from the Canal Walk. An extension to the walk will eventually take you for miles into the countryside following the course of the River Nore towards the town of Inistioge.

BISHOPSMEADOWS WALK SECTION OF THE NORE LINEAR PARK [LENGTH OF WALK ABOUT SIX FIELDS]


On day two of my visit to Kilkenny I walked about twenty miles over three sessions and I was exhausted.

I asked a local farmer how long this nature trail was and he said six fields. Having seen some really large fields on my way to Kilkenny by train I was afraid that this could be six miles but I assumed that it would be no more than two miles assuming about four fields per mile. I later discovered that it is 2.6km.

I came across some homeless people in a heavily wooded area which was a bit bleak.

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