Waterford Walking Trail
Ardmore Historic Town Walk
Ardmore’s sweeping beach, celebrated bay and five-star boutique hotel “The Cliff House” have turned a sleepy little fishing village into a classy resort.The origins of this West Waterford enclave go back centuries – to the arrival of St. Declan in the fifth century. Ardmore translates from Árd Mór (‘great height’ in Irish), and St. Declan’s monastic site is said to be one of the oldest in Ireland. As well as the old ruins, visitors can see a beautifully-preserved round tower and cathedral added in the 12th century, which are the focal point for Ardmore’s brace of heritage trails – a 5km green route that starts at the monastic site and goes on to circle the cliff walk and a shorter red route, taking about 20 minutes to complete. Several other sites relating to St. Declan pepper the routes, including the saint’s oratory (where tradition has it, he is buried) and St. Declan’s Stone, which legend says was carried to Ardmore on the waves from Wales.
Other heritage stops while walking in Ardmore include an old lifeboat station and the village’s Catholic (St. Declan’s) and protestant (St. Paul’s) churches. Two ogham stones are kept in the old cathedral – one of which constitutes the longest known ogham inscription in Ireland. After exploring the town itself, the red route continues past the Cliff House Hotel to a waterside loop taking in a watch tower abandoned in 1921, the wreck of the Samson (a crane ship that ran aground here in 1987) a World War II lookout point and Fr. O’Donnell’s Well, which is said to have some curative properties of its own…If you like that walk, St. Declan’s Way, an ancient pilgrim path runs for 94km through Cappoquin all the way to Cashel !
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City Walking Tours – Jack Burtchaell (Guided Tour)
A walking tour of one hour duration, through the regional capital and Ireland’s oldest city, including two cathedrals, four national monuments, and a gallery of rogues and rascals, delivered in a witty, entertaining style, by a master storyteller Jack Burtchaell. Having studied Archaeology, History and Geography at University College Dublin with a First Class Honours Degree Jack went on to specialise in the field of Historical Geography. Here, his interest in heritage tourism developed, and ever since, he has combined tourism and active historical research.
Although Jack lecturers for Maynooth University at their Outreach campus at St. Kieran’s College, Kilkenny City, he wears his scholarship lightly. Yet, in retrospect, many visitors appreciate that they have just spent an hour with someone very special in a city which has a history to match his telling of it. Jack is the 2002 national winner of the Irish Touring Guide Award, and his walking tour has gone on to receive numerous awards including best tour feature by CIE ‘International Awards of Excellence,’ a ‘special merit’ award in 2007, Bord Fáilte ‘Irish Welcome Award,’ Jury’s hotel ‘Achievement Award,’ and First ‘Heritage Individual’ award. Jack Burtchaell Tours are also listed in many international travel books and guides.
Waterford Discover Ireland Centre, 120 Parade Quay, The Viking Triangle. Departure Time: 11.45 am and 1.45 pm & from The Granville Hotel, The Quay – Time: 12.00 noon and 2.00 pm.There is no need to reserve places – just turn up. Guided tours for groups of 10 or more by prior arrangement all year around.
Dungarvan Railway Walk
The railway line operated from 1878 until 1967 and except for a small section from Dungarvan to Waterford City, the line was then closed. This small section was to remain open to facilitate a magnesite factory in Ballinacourty until 1982 when the factory shut down. C.I.E. continued to maintain the line until it’s final journey from Waterford to Dungarvan in 1987. However, while the line is long since gone, magnificent sea views, stunning scenery and an abundance of flora & fauna still remain along the walk.
The disused railway can be walked along from Dungarvan to Ballyrandle along a tarmac path. There is parking on the roadside south of the traffic lights by the Spar shop at Dungarvan and the initial stretch has high grassy banks. Many plants are encountered along this route including Rubus caesarius, Dwarf Elder, Horse-radish, little-robin and Yellow Horned –Popp. The pathway opens onto a grassy area which moves into a stretch of saltmarch off to the north side and a small area of dunes and the sea on the south side. The railway crosses the tidal mouth of the Glendine River and has magnificent views out over the Dungarvan Harbour.
This walk starts in Walton Park, Abbeyside, named after the eminent scientist and Noble prizewinner for Physics in 1951, Ernest Walton, born in Abbeyside, Dungarvan. It has panoramic views across the bay towards An Rinn and to the majestic Comeragh Mountains
Epic Tour (Guided Tour)
We provide a guided tour which includes access to five national monuments ranging in date from 1190AD to 1783. The ‘Epic Tour’ is a wonderful way for visitors to get an overview of Irish history from both historic and archaeological treasures while also experiencing the developments in architecture over a period of a thousand years as visitors transverse the Viking Triangle. We market the experience as ‘From the Vikings to the Victorians – A thousand years of History in a Thousand Paces’.
Reginald’s Tower first mentioned in 1088; Greyfriars Medieval Franciscan friary 1240; Choristers’ Hall 1274; the Mayor’s Wine Vault 1448; the Bishop’s Palace 1741; and if there is not a church service in progress then Christ Church Cathedral 1773 is also included.The Epic Tour is a fun, engaging interactive tour, a whirlwind journey through the Viking Triangle, with props, costumes, singing, dancing and lots of ‘craic’ so bring the kids, bring your Granny, Bring everybody!
Tours daily from ‘The Bishop’s Palace’ – May to September at 11.00am, 2.30pm and 4.00pm and available for groups booked in advance thereafter.
Bookings can be made directly to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the Medieval Museum on +353 51 849501.
Contact details:T:+353(0) 51 849650 W:www.waterfordtreasures.com
Waterford Nature Park
The Nature Park, which covers approximately 50 acres, is an oasis within the City environment and will serve as a wonderful local and regional public amenity for recreational and educational use. There are many areas throughout the park each with a specific activity in mind including walking routes, play equipment, exercise spaces, nature trails, integrated wetlands, wildflower meadows and wildlife areas. It has a two kilometre walkway including a series of path ways which .are a mixture of tarmacadam, as well as paths mown through the meadows, allowing children to interact closely with nature.
Stones collected in the park have been used to construct low stone walls which have created small fields within the spaces and planted with flower and meadow seeds. These spaces have become home to a variety of insects, butterflies and recently, bees. Over Approximately 20,000 trees and shrubs have been planted in the park and as the Nature Park develops and matures, it will become a significant regional and national attraction.
Monday – Friday 7am – 5.30 pm Sat-Sunday 9am – 5.30pm Bank Holidays 9am – 5.30pm – Vehicular Access through Kingfisher Club
Contact details: T: +353 (0) 51 849759 E: email@example.com W: www. waterfordnaturepark.ie