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Ramble Dún na Rí Forest Park
Meeting Point: Junction where Tonanave Road meets R162 at Cabra Central School, Corrinshigo, Co. Cavan. See on google maps here.
Journey time from Skerries 1 hour – 1 hour 10 minutes according to Google Maps.
Meeting Time: 9: 45 am
Walk Start Time: 10 a.m.
Route: Dun na Rí Forest Park and Cabra Castle
Distance: 11km approx
Duration: 3 – 3 ½ hours approx. including breaks
Please Text Máire by (Friday 16th February) if you intend going on the walk
Leader’s Note: We will go at a leisurely pace along undulating forest tracks through Dun na Rí Forest Park, along the river and around the lake. It may be muddy and wet underfoot in places, so boots are advised and if you use poles, bring them. No need for gaiters. There are many interesting features along the way, so plenty of photo opportunities. We will have a break around 11 a.m. at Wild Oak Coffee, where you can get a range of coffees and teas and delicious fresh home made cakes. The owner has given us 10% discount cards for club members. There are toilet facilities beside Wild Oak Coffee. We will also walk through the grounds of nearby Cabra Castle and ornamental garden.
Directions from Skerries: Take M1 north. Take Exit 12 towards Collon. At T junction turn right onto N2. Pass Golden Goose Pub on your right and then take the next left onto R165 to Kingscourt. At crossroads with stop sign – continue on straight. Cross the N52 – continue on R165 to Kingscourt. Go through Drumconrath village. Take left at T junction to Kingscourt. Turn right onto Main Street towards Shercock. Go straight though 3 mini roundabouts. Pass Gilmores on left. 1km after Gilmores, there is parking on the right at junction with Tonanave Road. There is a place on the wall “Cabra Central School”.
On the return journey – In main street, turn left onto R165 sign posted for Carrickmacross. Watch out for the turn to continue on R165 on this road, which is 1km from main street. Turn right onto R165 signposted Ardee. (This is the 3rd turn right from main street at O’Reilly Concrete Factory).
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.
Leave No Trace: the club is a supporter of the Leave No Trace campaign so please ensure that you leave no litter (of any sort) on the hike route
Clothing/Equipment: please ensure that you have boots (and poles if you use them) and depending on weather forecast, multiple layers including a warm jacket/ fleece, hat and gloves, a waterproof jacket, waterproof trousers, a flask with a hot drink, food, snacks and water.
If unsure about the required gear or your ability to undertake the walk please check with the walk leader in advance.