Donadea Forest Park Co Kildare - way to go
Published 09/01/2010 | 05:00
MAP: OS of Ireland 1:50,000 Discovery 49; downloadable map at www.discover ireland.ie/walking.
TRAVEL: Rail (www.irishrail.ie): Nearest station Enfield (10 miles); bus (www.buseireann.ie): 120 Dublin-Prosperous (5 miles); road: M4 to Kilcock, R407 towards Clane/Naas; in 4 miles, left at Baltracey crossroads to Donadea Forest Park (signed). €4 entrance fee (50c, €1 or €2 coins).
WALK DIRECTIONS: From car park cross tarred roadway and pass barrier. Follow 'Sli Aylmer' red arrows clockwise around Forest Park for 2½ miles to 9/11 memorial on left. Right here down Sean Tallon Way; follow red arrows round lake and on ('Nature Trail' fingerpost), to pass Donadea castle, return to car park.
LENGTH: Four miles -- allow two hours.
CONDITIONS: Surfaced paths.
DON'T MISS: 9/11 memorial; Famine walls along streams; Donadea Castle.
REFRESHMENTS: Forest Park café.
ACCOMMODATION: Leixlip House Hotel, Captain's Hill, Leixlip, Co Kildare (01-624 2268; www.leixliphouse. com) -- a comfortable, welcoming hotel.
INFORMATION: discover ireland.ie/walking; coillte outdoors.ie. Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival, Tipperary: January 29-31 (aherlowhouse.ie). Tourist Office: Kildare Town Heritage Centre, Market Square, Kildare (045 530672; kildare.ie/kildareheritage).
DON'T FORGET: Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival, Tipperary: January 29-31 (aherlowhouse.ie).