Happy New Year! A new series for a new beginning – a winter wander – outdoor adventures in winter wonderlands!

A typical Irish woodland, Glenbower in East Cork, is a fun outdoor trek. The woods surround part of the Dissour river. There is a nature trail that is sheltered by a blend of deciduous and coniferous trees including ash, sycamore, oak, pine and fir. The river, though a muddy brown, was still and tranquil in some places yet wild and thrashing in others such as at the weir or a waterfall surging down the hillsides.

The trail crosses the river at three points and loops back to your starting point, ~3 km in total. The route is mainly flat and so is suitable for most people. However this winter has been a wash out so some parts of the track were muddy or waterlogged – wear your wellies!

It is also possible to go a bit off-track! Feel the ferns brushing your ankles, duck under low hanging branches, squelch through mud and fallen leaves, search for one of the many creatures the wood provides a habitat for – red squirrels, otters, pheasants, willow warblers and more – or just enjoy the serenity of being surrounded by nature…

The ‘official’ start of the walking trail (featuring my dad!)
Two roads diverged…
‘White Bridge’ at the far end of the trail







Fallen tree across the path!

At the end of your trek make sure to drop into The Old Thatch for some sustenance! I won’t judge you for partaking of the liquid kind! The Old Thatch also has a full bar menu including roast meats, fish, salads and sandwiches.

To get there
: Killeagh, a small rural village, is found on the main N25 Cork-Waterford road – about 15km from Midleton to the west and Youghal in the east. In the centre of the village, alongside The Old Thatch pub, take a small road signposted Glenbower Woods and then an immediate left alongside the back of the pub. There is some parking here or another parking area with picnic tables and a playground another half mile down the road. This is the real beginning of the woodland trail…


Links: Glenbower Wood website and Facebook page.
An Irish Times article from last year

Featured in some of the photos is my dad!


Sustenance at The Old Thatch, Killeagh