Knockbarron Eco Walk

Trail description

The walk starts at the entrance to the wood where the car park is. There are ten stops on this trail, each clearly marked.  This trail is a great example of an esker and, in the woods, it is almost completely undisturbed.

Along the way to the first marker, you will notice the many beech trees. Other trees that you will see along the trail are Oak, Ash, Scot's Pine and Spruce. As you move along from here, you will notice the small areas of marsh, where the flora and fauna of these areas are especially diverse.

At the third stop is a place where the forest track cuts into the esker and it is possible to observe its composition. You can see the jumble of boulders, cobbles, gravel and course sand, all mixed up together, dumped by the turbulent meltwater in the ice tunnel in which the esker formed. Perhaps the best time to see the eskers is winter when they are less obscured by vegetation. There are other great examples of the esker at various points along the trail.

An interesting feature at stop seven is the wild clematis, the thick rope like stems that climb into the canopy of the trees. As you walk toward the eight stop in the woods, you can find remnants of the oak. Oak is one of the most important tree species for biodiversity support.

Trail Name: Knockbarron Eco Walk
Recreation Site: Knockbarron Wood  [view site]
Trail Start Point: Car Park
Length:5.1 km
Time: 1.5 hrs
Degree of Difficulty: Moderate   View Trail Grade Definitions
Metres Climb: 20
Attributes: Loop Trail (Returns to Starting Point)
Finish Point: Car Park
Trail Way marking:yellow