Tuesday 20 February 2018

Way to go

Christopher Somerville

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.

GRADE: Easy.

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.

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