The first section of the delightful three-part Nore Valley Walk, this moderate Kilkenny City to Bennettsbridge stretch takes two hours to complete.
A mainly riverside route, the terrain covered includes farmland and woods, passing ruined mills en route to the pretty village of Bennettsbridge.
This linear trail starts in Kilkenny City at the Lacken Walk. Simply follow the Lacken Walk to Ossory Bridge and then continue along the signposted Nore Valley Walk all the way to Bennettsbridge.
There are a number of green stiles and bridges along this walk. After periods of high rainfall the trail can be very wet and boggy so hiking boots or wellingtons are recommended.
In pictorial Bennettsbridge, renowned as a hotspot for artisan crafts, you’ll find plenty of places to stop and refresh or simply soak up the scenery.
- Bring a picnic in to eat on the trail. A spot by the ruined mills or at Primms Wood are idyllic places to stop and eat.
- This walk’s startpoint features several of Kilkenny's best cafés, restaurants, hotels and craft shops, many of which date back into the mid-century