Linear Walks

Linear Walks

Nore Valley Walk (Kilkenny to Bennettsbridge section)


Republic of Ireland

The Nore Valley walk stretches from Kilkenny city to Inistioge and follow the River Nore.
The walk is divided into three sections:
1. Kilkenny to Bennetsbridge
2. Bennetsbridge to Thomastown
3. Thomastown to Inisitoge
Details the Kilkenny city to Bennetsbridge section.
The Nore Valley Walk starts in Kilkenny city at the Lacken Walk. At the end of Maudlin Street there is a small car park which leads to the Lacken Walk. Follow the Lacken walk to Ossary Bridge and then continue along the Nore Valley Walk. The Nore Valley Walk is signposted from here to Bennetbridge. After 2km along the river bank the trail heads through a laneway and onto the Sion Road. Follow this road for 1.5km then cross a green stile, through a field and back to the river bank. The route takes you through a farmland, ruined mills, woods and then to the village of Bennetsbridge.

This walk also features several of Kilkenny's best cafes, restaurants, hotels and craft shops, many of which date back into the mid-century.

Tips: Picnic: buy a picnic in Kilkenny to eat on the trail. The mills or Primms wood are beautiful places to stop and eat.

Stiles / Bridges: the trail entails crossing a number of stiles and bridges.

River flooding: After periods of high rainfall the trail can be very wet and boggy. Hiking boots or wellingtons are recommended.

Bus Service : Get the RingaLink bus service from Padmore & Barnes/Castle out to Bennetsbridge and walk back to Kilkenny City along the banks of the Nore – this service operate every Saturday throughout the summer months.


Approx 11km in length

Estimated Time

2 to 2.5hours

No dogs are allowed on this walk, due to the crossing of farmland. after periods of heavy rainfall, the trail can be very wet and boggy. Hiking boots or wellingtons are recommended during these periods.

Start and Finish

The trail officially begins at Ossory Bridge in Kilkenny, which can be accessed from the Lacken Walk in the city (via Maudlin Street, or from the Carlow Road near the HSE headquarters)



Minimum Gear

Suitable footwear, rain/wind Jacket/gear, fluid, snack, and mobile phone.


Grasslands, roadways, river banks


The trail starts under Ossary Bridge (S 52074 55045) but can be accessed from the Lacken Walk (S 51341 55929)

Things To Do Nearby

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