Weekend Stroll: Strive the Knight’s Stroll in Limerick – it takes simply over an hour

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Weekend Stroll: Strive the Knight’s Stroll in Limerick – it takes simply over an hour

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Do you know the Shannon Estuary lies alongside the Wild Atlantic Approach?

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Do you know the Shannon Estuary lies alongside the Wild Atlantic Approach?

That is simply one of many surprises to unpack alongside this quick, candy, but oddly aristocratic little path slinking by way of Glin Citadel property in Co Limerick.

There are a number of heritage routes round right here, however the 4km Knight’s Path must be first in your checklist – setting off from the native heritage centre, St. Paul’s Church, which nonetheless stands spookily on a hill by the citadel gate lodge.

Following the purple arrows (the path is basically well-maintained all through) to skirt across the church’s surrounding wall, you shortly come to a vibrant little Fairy Backyard… actually, a stroll with toddlers or youthful children may finish proper right here.

From there, push by way of the primary of a number of gates stiles to cross the Race Discipline, a delicate hump that leads by way of the enchanting Rook Corridor Wooden to Lizzy Highe and a Beech Stroll as much as to the wood viewing platform on Tullyglass Hill.

It is a candy pay-off for such a brief stretch of the legs.



Pól Ó Conghaile on the Knight’s Walk, Co Limerick
Pól Ó Conghaile on the Knight’s Walk, Co Limerick


Pól Ó Conghaile on the Knight’s Stroll, Co Limerick

To the west you’ll be able to see plumes of smoke puffing from Moneypoint energy station, maybe even the ferry crossing between Tarbert and Killimer.

To the east, the vista follows the Shannon again in direction of Limerick, over an undulating patchwork of farmland fields and dividing hedgerows.

Following the loop, proceed by way of Furry Hill Wooden again in direction of the trailhead. I handed a few freshly dug burrows right here – the pile of recent muck from one was so huge I needed to raise my leg to recover from it. Was it a badger’s set?

So, why the ‘Knight’s’ stroll?

It is named for Desmond John Villiers FitzGerald, the 29th Knight of Glin, who granted permission for trails to be opened by way of the property.

The FitzGeralds have critical pedigree – the ‘Knight of Glin’ is an historic Irish noble title that was handed down by chiftains, and the household can hint its ancestors again to 1169, after they first arrived in Eire from Wales.

The title handed away with the 29th Knight when he died in 2011, however the household nonetheless owns the property – Catherine FitzGerald is married to actor Dominic West (whose roles have ranged from Oliver Cromwell to Jimmy McNulty in The Wire).

Theirs is not the one stardust sprinkled in regards to the place. With 15 bedrooms, the citadel (strictly-speaking, a Georgian home) is obtainable for personal rent, and this Christmas reportedly hosted Taylor Swift and her boyfriend, actor Joe Alwyn.

Limerick journalist Laura Enright tipped me off to her keep, throughout which the couple apparently adopted the Knight’s Stroll and loved a drink at O’Shaughnessy’s old-school pub within the village… a neat Limerick layover.

The citadel’s price ticket might past the attain of walkers like me. However a pint or cuppa within the village of Glin is an inexpensive reward…

Stage: Straightforward (buggies might be difficult with the gates, although).

Distance: 4km

Extra information: glin.ie; limerick.ie; wildatlanticway.com.

NB: Your Strolling Guidelines

Security comes first on a stroll, regardless of how straightforward. Verify the climate, depart phrase of the place you’re going and while you’ll be again, and pack sensible.

A totally charged cellphone, water and snacks, layers of applicable clothes and durable footwear are important for all winter walks. Carry a bag for garbage, and pop a pair of unpolluted footwear and socks within the boot for afterwards. You’ll be able to thank us later!

Accountable walkers at all times respect non-public property.

See irishtrails.ie for extra nice walks.

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