Riverside Trail (Massy's)

Trail description

The start of the Riverside trail (marked white on the map)  is inside the barrier entrance to Massy's Estate  located around 50 meters from the Hell Fire car park, on the opposite site of the road. The trail is linear, overlapping the Nature trail for a while as it descends along a gentle slope and then joins up with forest road. The road leads the walker through the mature forest with a great variety and age range of tree species including beech, oak, lime, horse chestnut, sycamore, ash, Sitka spruce, Norway spruce, Japanese larch, Noble fir, grand fir and western hemlock. There are also remnants of distinctive collections of Asian, American and European trees of great beauty widely dispersed throughout the forest.  On reaching the bridge over Glendoo Brook at northern edge of wood the trail follows alongside the brook with miniature waterfalls, ponds, and abundance of ground flora species. The trail crosses the brook in several places leading to old walls and a small open space hidden behind them. This area used to be a garden and belonged to the mansion which once stood in the Massey's Estate. Going further along the stream the walker passes the icehouse and then climbs up the hill. Here it diverges from the Nature trail and  continues alongside the river right up to where it meets R117 and the bridge over Glendoo Brook. Now the walker has to retrace his steps back to car park with the option of finishing on the Nature Trail.

Trail Name: Riverside Trail (Massy's)
Recreation Site: Massy's Estate  [view site]
Trail Start Point: Hell Fire Car Park
Length:3 km (return journey total 6 Km)
Degree of Difficulty: Easy   View Trail Grade Definitions
Metres Climb: 100
Attributes: Loop Trail (Returns to Starting Point)
Finish Point: Hell Fire Car Park

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