Knockbarron Wood

Location

3km from Kinnity village

Site Description

This site is an area of old woodland with much of ecological interest at whatever time of year you visit. It is different at every season. An interesting time for a visit would be early May, when so much of the woodland floor is a blue haze of bluebells.

The summit of Knockbarron dominates the landscape of moraine and esker north of Kinnity, separated from the Slieve Bloom foothills by the valley of the Camcor river. In the woods at Knockbarron, you have one of the finest examples of an esker system i.e. a long narrow winding ridge of sand or gravel, deposited by a stream flowing under a glacier.
 
There is a diverse bird population in the area. An abundance of wild animals are also to be found throughout the wood. A Slieve Bloom Eco-Walk is a feature of this site and the flora and fauna are especially diverse on this walk. A host of wetland plant species occur, including several species of sedges, marsh willow herb, wild iris, skullcap, and dozens of others. Wild clematis (Old man's beard) is the only true liana in Irish flora and can be seen on this trail.

At the foot of Knockbarron, on a gravel ridge, are the medieval remains of St Bairrfhionn's church of the holly ridge- drom chuilinn ( Drumcullen). The construction in the early 13th century of a Norman mote and bailey beside the church above the river Camcor attests to the political and strategic significance of the site in medieval times.

Knockbarron Wood Features

Car Parking, Picnic Site, Walking Trails,

How do I get there?

Kinnity village is located in the midlands. Nearby towns to Kinnity include Roscrea (18km), Birr (13km) Tullamore (27km) and Mountmellick (30km). When you arrive in the village, take the Rath / Kilcormack road which is directly in front of the Catholic church. Continue out this road for 2.2km. At this point, you will see  Knockbarron Wood  in front of you at the cross roads and you take this right turn. There is a sign here indicating the start of the Knockbarron Eco Walk. Continue down this road for a further 0.8km to reach a car park/ picnic site which can accommodate about 12 cars. Further parking may be available at various points along  the edge of the wood, and at forest entrances and lay-bys.

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Parking

No of car spaces:12
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Contact Info

Contact name:John Connolly
Contact email:john.connolly@coillte.ie