Step/Knockanroe

Location

2.5km south of Silvermines village and 10km from Nenagh.

Site Description

Knockanroe or 'red hillock' in Irish could be attributed to the russet colour that the bracken turns when dying off the hill in the autumn.  This forest is located on the northern side of the Silvermines Mountains.  The village of Silvermines, that is located at the base of the hill, is named after a former silver mining site.  Lead, zinc, copper, sulphide and barites have all been mined in the area since Roman times.  Active mining ceased in 1993.     

The high point at Knockanroe reaches 479m or 1572 feet.  The views from up here are outstanding on clear days - with the Shannon, Lough Derg, the low plains of the Midlands and the peak of Keeper Hill, or Slievekimalta (694m) as it is sometimes called, all being visible.  The sounds from up here consist of wind in the trees, humming insects, lowing bovines and the odd tractor - bliss. 

A section of the Slieve Felim Way, a 30km long distance walking trail, winds its way through this forest, and overlaps with the Knockanroe Loop, as it makes its way from Murroe to Silvermines.  

 

Step/Knockanroe Features

Car Parking, Walking Trails,

How do I get there?

In Silvermines Village, whilst facing the Church, with distinctive architecture, take the narrow road to the left that runs adjacent to the park.  At the T-junction, turn right and travel for approimately over 2km uphill to the trailhead and Coillte barrier at the top of the hill on the right.  NB. You will pass a Council car park on the left.

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Parking

No of car spaces:5
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Contact Info

Contact name:John Moore
Contact email:john.moore@coillte.ie