Lake Walk Castlefreke
This is a linear walk that begins at the forest entrance opposite the lodge & runs through the forest property down to Kilkeran Lake & Castlefreke sand dunes. The forest section comprises of uneven aged broadleaves which form an attractive canopy. There are intermittent mature oaks at crown level with a succession of under storeys of oak, ash, alder & sycamore. The stream that runs adjacent to the trail bounds a large area of marsh that is a haven for ecological diversity. The walk is noted for its wild flower displays from early Spring to late Autumn.
Continue down the trail to Kilkeran Lake & Castlefreke dunes. It is believed that these dunes were formed as a result of a tsunami which occurred in 1743. The habitats to be found here are of prime conservation value & are protected by law at an Irish & European level. The lake is a natural sedimentary lagoon linked to the sea by a narrow channel & hosts a variety of aquatic vegetation. The water tends to be brackish, in that it receives freshwater from the nearby stream & saltwater from the channel that links it to the sea. It is thought that some saltwater gets into the lake through seepage also. The dunes are important in that they contain three dune habitat types including the fixed dune, which is a priority habitat. The sand dune flora on these dunes is very rich for this area of West Cork.
|Trail Name:||Lake Walk Castlefreke|
|Recreation Site:||Castlefreke [view site]|
|Trail Start Point:||The Lodge|
|Degree of Difficulty:||Easy View Trail Grade Definitions|
|Attributes:||Linear Trail (Point A to B)|
|Finish Point:||At end of property|