Old Deerpark Loop
The Old Deerpark Loop starts and finishes from the trailhead that is located inside the gate and pillars at the main entrance beside Ballinspittle Village. The trail follows much of the shorter Kilmore Loop that travels under mature sycamores, Douglas and Grand firs. It passes through a recently harvested section that has opened up views of Ballycatteen Fort. The trail turns right at the forest road junction and takes the walker up and across the road for a short section before it loops back across the road again into what was the old deer park that was part of the Frank's Estate back in the day. Indeed the trail passes close to a very impressive section of reclaimed deer wall that was built circa 1750 to keep the deer confined. The wall is over 2 metres wide and is constructed so that the protruding stones on either side would prevent the deer from jumping over and destroying crops. The trail re-joins the Kilmore Loop for the homeward journey back to the trailhead.
|Trail Name:||Old Deerpark Loop|
|Recreation Site:||Ballinspittle / Garrettstown [view site]|
|Trail Start Point:||Trailhead|
|Time:||1 hour 40 mins|
|Degree of Difficulty:||Moderate View Trail Grade Definitions|
|Attributes:||Loop Trail (Returns to Starting Point)|