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…
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…
Featured in some of the photos is my dad!