Way to go
MAP: OS of Ireland 1:50,000 Discovery 67; downloadable map/instructions, apps, etc, from trailkilkenny.ie.
TRAVEL: Rail (irishrail.ie) or bus (buseireann.ie) to Kilkenny. Road: M9 Jcts 8 or 9, N10 to Kilkenny.
On to Bennettsbridge -- Kilbride Coaches (051 423633); R700 by car (taxi 1850 444546).
WALK DIRECTIONS: In Bennettsbridge, down steps beside Tynan's Butcher; turn right along River Nore, following green arrows. Nearing Kilkenny, join road for short section, then back to river.
Under N10 and on into Kilkenny. Continue down Maudlin Street; at end, left down John Street.
Cross river; up Rose Inn Street to Kilkenny Castle.
LENGTH: 12km/7½ miles -- allow three hours.
CONDITIONS: Well-marked footpath.
DON'T MISS: The 18th- century, seven-arch bridge at Bennettsbridge; the Nore's romantic, tumbledown mills; otters and kingfishers.
REFRESHMENTS: Zuni, Patrick Street (056 772 3999) -- one of Kilkenny's best restaurants. Try their roast rabbit, and the squid and chorizo salad.
BEST PICNIC SPOT: By the Nore mills.
ACCOMMODATION: Pembroke Hotel, Kilkenny (056 778 3500; kilkennypembrokehotel.com)-- delightful boutique hotel right in the centre of Kilkenny. From €79 for a double, B&B.
WALKING INFO: See discoverireland.ie/walking.
Kilkenny Tourist Office: Tel: 056 775 1500; kilkennytourism.ie.
Trail Kilkenny: Tel: 056 775 2111; trailkilkenny.ie.