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Castlemorris - Pheasant Loop
Knocktopher, Co. Kilkenny
Free to visit
Free car parking
Castlemorris - Pheasant loop starts from the car park opposite the Grand Gates.

A_B: Starting from the car park opposite the Grand Gates enter Castlemorris Wood and pass the Gate Lodge to reach a metal stile. Cross the stile and join a forestry road and follow the purple (and green and red) arrows. The green and red arrows are shorter loops. Follow the forest road for over 1km reach an archway through which stone outbuilding (which were part of the courtyard of Castlemorris House) are visible. The green loop turns left here – you turn right following the purple and red arrows.

B_C: The loop now sets off to further explore the expansive estate of 200 acres and after approximately 1km joins a minor public road where the red turns left. You turn right here.

C-D: Now you start a long ascent through the townlands of Coalpitparks (passing some larger houses on your left ) before entering woodland again. After 500m you reach a T-junction where the loop turns left for the return part of the journey.

E-F: After approximately 200m both loops (red and purple) turn left and enter Castlemorris Wood by way of a metal barrier. At this point you are short of Aghaviller Church and Round Tower-200m along the surfaced road. If you decide to visit the site, remember to return to this junction.

F-A: Only 500m along this final section of the loop you re-join the green loop as it comes in from the left. Another 500m takes you to a crossroads of forest tracks where you turn left onto a narrow winding track to emerge on a forestry road only 200m from the trailhead. Turn right and enjoy the short trek back.

Trail details

Walking Trail
Dogs allowed:
    Time:2 hours 30 minutes
    Nearest town start:Knocktopher
    Nearest town finish:Knocktopher
    Start point:Car park at Grand Gates of Castlemorris Estate
    Finish point:Car park at Grand Gates of Castlemorris Estate
    Waymarking:Purple arrow
Contact details
Castlemorris, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
Leave no trace
  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Be considerate of others
  • Respect farm animals and wildlife
  • Travel and camp responsibly
  • Leave what you find
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Protect nature from fire
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