You will find a gem of a place in Douglas, Cork City, when you enter Ballybrack Woods. The forested glen is also known locally as The Mangala, a name which is derived from Mangle or Mangold, a beet grown as fodder to feed the horses that worked at the mill nearby. The woods were named after the big house on the hill, Ballybrack House, which was home to the Lane Family. Their most well known son was Hugh Lane, famous for his art collection and disputed will.
The woods are semi urban with a river running through them that is home to brown trout, herons and otters. The trees are a sanctuary for native species of bats. The flat pathway is suitable for all, whether walking or cycling, and is 1.2km in length. There is also a trail through the woods, which has a small incline.