Kilkenny to Bennettsbridge Trail | Kilkenny Tourism

Kilkenny to Bennettsbridge Trail


Distance : 11km
Estimated Time : 2 hours
Grade : Moderate
Minimum Gear : Trekking shoes and fluid
Services : Kilkenny City or Bennetsbridge village
Terrain : Grasslands, roadways, river banks
Trailhead Kilkenny: The trail starts under Ossary Bridge (S 52074 55045) but can be accessed from the Lacken Walk (S 51341 55929)
Trailhead Bennetsbridge: Down the steps beside the Tynans Butchers Shop at the bridge in Bennetsbridge (S 55270 49330)

Kilkenny to Bennettsbridge Walking Trail Kilkenny

This stretch of the Nore Valley walk takes roughly 2 hours at a relaxed pace. Follow the river as it meanders through meadows, shady glades and past ancient mills; woollen, grain, paper and saw mills from where Kilkenny’s famous ‘black marble’ was honed (Maddockstown). Rich in riverside flora and fauna – spot a swift, a heron or catch a fleeting glimpse of kingfisher or an otter emerging from the riverbank.

Described by The Irish Times as ‘a delightful walk’ and by The Irish Independent as ‘one of the most delectable river walks in Ireland, an unfolding tale of kingfishers, otters, Sleeping Beauty castles and wicked young princelings – pure distillation of magic in the floodlands of Kilkenny’. See a review of the walk from the Irish Times (click here)

During the summer months, there is a bus service to collect people when finished the walk.

For walking directions, see page 4 and 5 of Trails brochure: Walking, Cycling, Food and Craft Trails in Kilkenny (12mb PDF)