Getting the kids off screens and outdoors is always a battle, but I find once we get out that they always enjoy themselves. Here is my list of favourite Family Walks in Waterford:
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#1. Fenor Bog
Designated as Waterford’s first national nature reserve, Fenor Bog is the unique habitat of many rare plants, birds and butterflies. Look out for dragonflies in summer.
There’s a boardwalk through the bog and a picnic area making it a nice place for a stroll and have something to eat afterwards.
#2. Ardmore Cliff Walk
For a longer walk, take the 5 km Ardmore Cliff Walk which begins just after the Cliff House hotel car park, follow the road to where it becomes a path leading down to old ruins.
The walk brings you along cliff-top paths, minor roads and laneways past Ardmore Round Tower, one of the best preserved in Ireland. You’ll also pass a 12th Century Cathedral and a lookout post with stunning coastal scenery.
Copper Coast European Geopark
The Copper Coast Geopark is one of 42 designated European Geoparks in Europe, one of the 77 Global Geoparks and it is the only one in the Republic of Ireland. There are lots of walks within the Copper Coast Geopark and you can download the trails with maps and photos and explore the Copper Coast by yourself. There are also guided walks in the summer months.
For an easy walk head to Bunmahon, where in the little park, you will find flagstones with little stories about the Geopark and things that have happened over time which are fun for kids to find and read. E.g. when the first four-legged animals emerged from the sea or when horses first appeared or when man began walking.
Faithlegg Woods and Minaun Hill
Faithlegg Woods or ‘the Minaun’ as it is sometimes referred to, overlooks the meeting of the ‘Three Sisters’, otherwise known as the rivers Suir, Nore and Barrow. Whilst there are no marked walks, there plenty of trails through the woodland along old tracks which are easy to moderate. If you feel like a climb, then Cromwell’s Rock on Minaun Hill, located 200 metres from the main parking area, offers spectacular views.
If you have a favourite family walk in Waterford, let us know in the comments below.