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Thursday 17 April 2014

Inchidrisla Loop, Dungarvan, Co Waterford

The Inchidrisla Loop route

Distance: 5k Ascent: 100m/80m Time: 1hr15mins-1hr30mins Grade: Easy Terrain: Forestry roads Trailhead: Colligan Woods, Dungarvan, Co Waterford

Inchidrisla Trail is on the Clonmel road from Dungarvan in a vibrant valley sheltering the river Colligan. The Inchidrisla Loop here is suitable for families.

Fox, red squirrel, badger, otter, stoat, rabbits, hares and fallow deer are often spotted here.

From Dungarvan, take the R672 in the direction of Clonmel. After approx 4k the R672 briefly joins the N25 at a service station. After 200m watch for the junction as the R672 veers right. Take this turn and follow the road for 2k to the next junction where you turn right on to Kilbrien Road.

Travel a further 2k to reach the substantial car park on your left. The trailhead is located on the other side of the road.

Starting from the mapboard at the trailhead, follow the green (and purple) arrow as the loop starts away from the wooden bridge over Colligan River. The purple arrows are for the longer Greenane Loop. The loop travels along the bank of the river for 500m before swinging left and uphill through Inchidrisla Wood.

Stay on the forestry roadway for almost 2k as it climbs gradually to reach a three-way junction where both loops swing left.

Now the loop levels off. Stay on the forestry roadway for 2k to reach a three-way junction at the picnic area. The longer Greenane Loop swings right here - but you turn left. Enjoy the last 200m back to the car park.

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