Walking

From easy strolls to day long treks, there are a wide range of walks around Youghal and surrounding areas that suit all levels.

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Youghal Exercise Equipment

Youghal Exercise Equipment

The ‘Path to Health’ is a 2KM (4KM return) walk that starts at the Mall House and ends at the Front Strand. Stunning views along Lighthouse Hill out over Youghal Harbour provide the perfect backdrop. You can also use the outdoor exercise equipment along the way. Download the brochure here

 

 

Glenbower Wood and Lake

Glenbower Wood and Lake

Glenbower Wood and Lake

Situated in the village of Killeagh, just a five minute drive from Youghal, Glenbower gets it’s name of “gleann-bodhar” or “Deafening Glen” from the noise the Dissour makes when rushing headlong in winter through the valley. A number of trails are on offer, all taking you through a wonderful and natural woodland setting. Glenbower is ideal for those seeking a relatively short stroll (2 miles) and will delight anybody that wants to get close to nature! More information on Glenbower Wood can be found here.

Youghal Heritage Trail

Water Gate - Part of Youghal Heritage Trail

Water Gate - Part of Youghal Heritage Trail

Doing two things at once is always a time saver – so why not take in the heritage and walk with Youghal’s very own Heritage Trail! The route takes you around Youghal Town, highlighting some of the most historic buildings and sites in Youghal, including the Town Walls, Clock Gate, St. Mary’s Collegiate Church and College Gardens. View and Download maps here. Be sure to also pick up an excellent guide to the trail by Dr. Kieran Groeger, packed with loads of interesting facts and stories, available from Youghal Visitor Centre and Crees Card Shop.

 

Ardmore Cliff Walk

Ardmore Church and Round Tower

Ardmore Church and Round Tower

Ardmore is just a ten minute drive from Youghal and this stunning cliff walk is a favourite for locals. Starting at the Cliff House Hotel, the walk takes you along Cliff ahead and past a shipwreck (‘Sampson Wreck’), the old Coastguard Station, the Castle and a lookout used during WWII. Once you reach the Round Tower, you can decide to return via the village to the Cliff House Hotel or continue trekking towards Goat Island and its secluded beach (approx. 90 minutes on).

Castlemartyr Woods

There are two looped trails on offer in Castlemartyr – The Pidgeon loop and Mitchell Loop trails. The woodland itself, which is comprised of two parts, was once part of a larger demesne that originated around the latter end of the 17th century. The old names of Mitchells’ Wood, Barn Wood and Pigeon Wood refer back to when Castlemartyr Woods within the context of the estate, was divided into various spaces with its own characteristics.

The Pigeon Wood loop trail is relatively short at 1km but has a lot to offer in a largely broadleaf woodland. Tree species to be found include a collection of Spanish Chestnuts around the car park, with mature beech, oaks, poplars, ash and Lawson cypress dotted around the property. The trail has a number of man-built features from bygone days to observe including; pillars from the former estate, a man-made lake from which there are wonderful views of the old Mansion house, now a hotel, along with a variety of water fowl who seasonally reside in the area.

The Mitchell Wood Loop is slightly longer at 2.4km. This walk starts and ends at the trailhead, using a footbridge to cross the Kiltha River. The walker has the opportunity to observe a good variety of species including; beech, Spanish chestnut, Oak and Sitka spruce, hazel, alder, willow.

Castlemartyr Pigeon Loop PDF
Castlemartyr Mitchells Loop PDF

Colligan Woods, Dungarvan

Colligan Bridge

Colligan Bridge

An 8km trek of moderate difficulty, this walk takes approx two and a half hours. Colligan Woods are located outside Dungarvan on the Clonmel road (N72) and are approx. 35 minute drive from Youghal. There are a variety of forest walks along the riverside and through the mixed woodland of conifers and broadleaves; easy short walks can be enjoyed on either side of the picnic area whereas longer and more strenuous walks can be had by taking in the loop walk from the picnic site. Many trees around the picnic site and along the walks have been labelled for easy identification. There are a number of lovely viewing points of the surrounding area from the loop walk.

Location of Colligan Woods

Location of Colligan Woods

Greenane Loop PDF

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