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…

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

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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!

 

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Sustenance at The Old Thatch, Killeagh
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