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Colligan Wood - Inchidrisla Loop
DungarvanCo. Waterford
Walking
In the Irish language Colligan translates as ‘hazel abounding place’. Colligan Wood is situated in a scenic valley through which the River Colligan flows and enters the sea at Dungarvan Bay. The Inchidrisla Loop here is eminently suitable for families

Inchidrisla Trail in Colligan Wood, County Waterford is located on the Clonmel road from Dungarvan in a vibrant valley sheltering the salmon-spawning River Colligan. The Inchidrisla Loop here is eminently suitable for families - it leaves from the wooden bridge, following the left bank of the river before swinging uphill through the beautiful Inchidrisla Wood, and eventually looping back to the picnic area.

A-B. Starting from the mapboard at the trailhead, follow the green (and purple) arrow as the loop starts away from the wooden bridge over Colligan River. The purple arrows are for the longer Greenane Loop). The loop travels along the left bank of the river for 500m before swinging left and uphill through Inchadrisla Wood. Stay on the forestry roadway for almost 2km as it climbs gradually to reach a 3-way junction where both loops swing left.

B-C. Now the loop levels off and begins the return to the trailhead. Stay on the forestry roadway for 2km to descend and reach a 3-way junction at the picnic area from where you started. The longer Greenane Loop swings right here - but you turn left.

C-A. Enjoy the last 200m back to the carpark.

Terrain: The fertile soil (from old red sandstone) supports mixed woodland of conifers and broadleaves – including Norway spruce, Western hemlock, Japanese larch, Sitka spruce, oak, ash, beech, maple, and birch. The steep wooded glens on each side of the river still carry remnants of old woodland oaks. Some trees have been labelled for identification. Fox, red squirrel, badger, otter, stoat, rabbits, hares and fallow deer are often spotted in the forest and the Colligan river is a salmon spawning river with sea trout also to be seen. The proximity of the wood to the town of Dungarvan makes it an extremely popular amenity for walking.

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