248 pages, colour photos, colour maps
Waterford is a fantastic coastal county with mountains, rivers, forests, lakes and the sea within easy reach, all of which offer excellent walking in superb surroundings. The varied habitats of the county support a distinctive but varying flora and fauna, which add interest and colour to a ramble. Many of the places we visit are havens for wildlife and it is all the more fulfilling if we encounter wildlife on any of our rambles, especially birds, flowers and insects that we can get reasonably close views of and all the better if we can manage to identify some of them. If you want to know more about the places you visit in Waterford, then you should buy A Guide to Wildlife Walks in Waterford.
The purpose of A Guide to Wildlife Walks in Waterford is to alert the keen walker to some of the more alluring walks that can be undertaken in the scenic county of Waterford, walks that will take you to the Comeragh and Knockmealdown Mountains, along the rivers Blackwater and Suir, around some of the coastal estuaries at Dungarvan and Tramore, on the cliff walks at Ardmore and Dunmore East and through some of the accessible forests in the county. Particular emphasis is placed on the wildlife that live in these areas, some of which is likely to be encountered during a walk.
Each walk is illustrated with a map, which indicates the various features of the walk. For each walk the grid reference of the starting point is given which can be found from the 1:50,000 Discovery map. The walks are presented according to habitat: coast, uplands, forest, rivers/lakes/reservoirs and urban areas, and the various elements of the flora and fauna that are likely to occur are described. Where there are interesting features or activities nearby, these too are detailed. A chapter of Useful Information lists factors to be aware of when walking (weather, clothing, footwear and equipment, maps, safety issues, animal welfare, access and dos and don'ts of walking in the countryside) and includes a reading list, which might be useful for preparing for a walk in Waterford, or indeed for further enlightenment when the walk is over.
1. Ardmore cliff walk
3. The Cunnigar
4. Tramore beach
6. Dunmore East to Portally
8. Coum Mahon
10. Crotty’s Rock
11. The Nire Valley Coums (Circuit of the Nire coums: The Gap – Sgilloge Loughs – Coumalocha & Coumfea)
12. Knockmealdown Mountains
River & Lake Walks
13. River Blackwater & Lady Louisa’s Walk
14. Licky River
15. Ballyscanlan Lake
16. Carrigavrantry Reservoir
17. River Suir at Mount Congreve
18. Waterford Harbour
Forest & Inland Walks
19. Ballysaggartmore Towers
21. Villierstown & Dromana
23. Portlaw Woods
24. Fenor Bog boardwalk
25. The Anne Valley
26. Faithlegg Wood
28. Doneraile Walk/Newtown Glen
29. Bilberry to Carriganore
30. King’s Channel to Ballinakill Downs
31. The Island
32. Kilbarry Bog/Nature Park
Useful Information & List of species
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