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Ramble Phoenix Park

March 8


Route Details: Loop walk from Ashtown talking in the Ashtown Visitors Centre, the Papal Cross, Magazine Fort, People’s Flower Gardens, Wellington Monument, the Furry Glen and back to the Ashtown.  See map of walk attached.

Date: Wed 8th March 2023

Meeting Point: Douglas & Kaldi Cafe, Ashtown

Meeting time: 10.00am for a coffee & scone

Walk Start time: 10:45am from Douglas & Kaldi Cafe

Distance/Duration: 12km / 3.5 hours

Leaders Note: This is an easy ramble

This is a very pleasant 12km/3.5 hr Easy Ramble with a loop route from Ashtown, taking in the Ashtown Visitors Centre, then over to the Papal Cross, down to the Magazine Fort, across by the cricket grounds to the Tea Rooms, around the People’s Flower Gardens and across to the Wellington Monument, returning to Ashtown via the 15 Acres and the Furry Glen Pond and the Ordnance Survey. Hopefully we might have a close encounter with the deer as has happened on previous Phoenix Park walks.

We will meet at Skerries Train Station to catch the 08.52 a.m. train to Pearse, then the 09.50 a.m. Maynooth train (platform 7) to Ashtown, arriving 10.04 a.m. A coffee & scone in Douglas & Kaldi Cafe beside the train station before heading off on the walk. Refreshments & food for those who want to relax at the end of the walk in the adjoining Lock Keeper Bar. For those driving there is on-street parking both just straight over the level crossing and along the road immediately to the left at Ashtown coming from the Navan Rd. direction. Note: parking in SuperValu car park is limited to 4 hrs.

Return Trains to Skerries:

Return trains from Ashtown:

dep. Ashtown 14.35   arr. Connolly   14.52 pl. 6     dep. 15.23 pl. 4   arr. Skrs.  15.59

15.04                            15.21 pl. 6            15.50 pl.7                     16.23

15.34                            15.52 pl. 4            16.28 pl. 7                    17.00

16.17                            16.35 pl. 1            17.00 pl. 6                    17.33

16.36                            16.53 pl. 6            17.12 pl. 3                    17.43


Please text the leader by Tuesday 7th March if interested in going on the walk.  Please inform the leader if you are meeting us at Skerries or Ashtown.  WhatsApp: for ease of communication a WhatsApp group will be set up for the group coming on this walk. If you do not wish to be included please let the leader know when registering your interest in the walk.  Please note the Club does not organise car pooling; however if you wish to avail or offer, please request on this Whatsapp group.  Please see car pooling info on MI’s website here.




March 8


John Coleman