Here are just a few of my suggestions for family walks in Kildare. Remember to pack the rain gear, wellies, camera and sun-cream – it is Ireland after all!
And remember, if there is resistance to the exercise from the smaller people, turning it into some themed adventure usually works in our house – at the moment, Gormiti adventures work well for us!!
Horses for Courses
The Curragh – This extensive tract of grassland is perfect for walks, cycling, and kite flying. Watch the horses training on the Curragh racecourse, or check out some of the historical sites such as Donnelly’s Hollow. Best to wear wellies or old shoes as sheep roam freely and lots of droppings!
Why not combine a lovely walk with a great family day out, and take a trip to the Irish National Stud Visitor attraction, open from mid Feb to Christmas.
There are extensive walks around the stud to see the horses in the paddocks and stables. St Fiachras garden lakeside walk and the Japanese gardens make for great adventures for the children. Lovely cafe or pack a picnic to enjoy at the picnic benches in carpark.
An A-mazeing Walk
For a fun-packed walk, why not try the The Kildare Maze Family Activity Park, Prosperous. It was grown to mark the millenium and is in shape of St Bridgets Cross.
There are 1.5miles of paths with hedges over 6ft high! Other activities include: crazy golf, sandpit, pets corner with donkeys, goats, hens, rabbits, etc.
The shop and a large picnic area make a great base for those too tired to explore! Open weekends in May and September, and daily for June, July and August. Admission prices apply.
A Walk in the Woods
Donadea Forest is a Coillte mixed woodland walk, around a lake. Historical features incl remains of castle and walled garden. Small cafe is open all year, or pack a picnic to enjoy near the lake. €4 charge for car-park, and exact change required.
Related: Nature Activities for Kids
Mullaghreelan Wood, Kilkea is a picturesque old woodland estate with an extensive network of forest roads and trails which can cater for both the casual stroller or the nature walker. The wood adjoins Kilkea castle. Some of the walks are quite steep and not all the tracks are gravelled. Picnic benches.
Moore Abbey, Monasterevin is a woodland walk which is especially noted for its display of bluebells in late April/May. The famous Irish tenor John McCormac leased Moore Abbey for 13 years and a fine view of the building can be had from the wood. Car parking for 15 cars and picnic benches throughout.
By the Water
Kildare is well served by rivers and canals, with the Liffey, Barrow and Boyne rivers and Grand and Royal canals all passing through. There are many walks along the rivers and the canals. Some nice walks where River Barrow and Grand Canal meet in Athy. Three walking trails are signposted in the town, with all starting at Emily Square.
Castletown House & Parklands in Celbridge has lovely walks from the house down to the river. Combine a walk with some lunch in the lovely cafe. House open from Apr – Oct, where they run some great family activities including free children’s tours, free children’s workshops, free music recitals and markets.
So out you go and enjoy!
Article written by Jennifer, mum from Kildare
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