Friday 6 December 2019

Phoenix Park: WAY TO GO

Christopher Somerville

Map: OS of Ireland 1:50,000 Discovery 50; p77, 'Walking Dublin'.



TRAVEL: Rail: Luas (luas.ie) Line A to Heuston. Bus (dublinbus.ie): Nos 25, 25A, 26, 51, 51B, 66, 66A, 67, 67A to Phoenix Park.

WALK DIRECTIONS: (based on Phoenix Park walk, pp75-80, 'Walking Dublin' by Pat Liddy, see below): From entrance gate, up Chesterfield Avenue -- left along Wellington Road past Wellington Monument to Magazine Fort -- ahead (fort on right) along Military Road to St Mary's Hospital.

Forward past steps (hospital on right). Pass Cheshire Home entrance; in 30m, right up hill path. Pass Knockmary Cromlech -- forward through trees -- right across Fifteen Acres to Papal Cross -- left through trees to Phoenix Monument -- left to Visitor Centre/Phoenix Café. Back to Phoenix Monument; forward with Áras an Uachtaráin fence on left.

Follow fence to polo club. Continue beside fence to North Road T-junction. Right; in 250m, right to Dublin Zoo entrance. Left through The Hollow (bandstand), across Fountain Road, through People's Gardens to gate.

LENGTH: 5½ miles (2-2½ hours).

CONDITIONS: Pavements/grass.

REFRESHMENTS: Phoenix Café (01-677 0090; phoenixpark.ie) -- excellent homemade food.

ACCOMMODATION: Trinity Capital Hotel, Pearse Street, Dublin 2 (01-648 1074; trinitycapitalhotel.com). A comfortable showboat of a hotel, with Luas A outside.

INFORMATION: 'Walking Dublin -- 24 walks in and around Dublin' by Pat Liddy (published by Globetrotter).

Pat Liddy's guided walks: 01-832 9406 or 087 905 2480; walkingtours.ie discoverireland.ie/walking.

WALKING NEWS Slieveboy Walk, Askamore, Co Wexford: noon, Sunday, July 24. Contact Paddy Byrne on 087 231 0688.

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