WALKING and hiking enthusiasts are being invited to build up a hearty appetite on the region’s top Trails and feast afterwards in local pubs and restaurants as part of the ‘Trek and Treat’ programme of the first Trail Kilkenny Outdoor Festival.
All will be welcome to discover Kilkenny’s natural beauty with Hidden Trail’s Trek and Treat options.
The walks offer one of the best ways to explore the county’s varied countryside while enjoying a few great stories with experienced and qualified guide, Paddy Lawlor, finishing with a sumptuous meal, Rural Recreation Officer, Harry Everard, told The Reporter.
“All events are suitable for anyone over 10 with a moderate to good level of fitness. Those intending to take part are urged to wear a good pair of walking boots/shoes and to bring waterproofs.
“Kilkenny is renowned for the best walking Trails in Ireland, including nine scenic walks, three river walks and four cycle paths.
“The Nore Valley Walk from Kilkenny to Bennettsbridge attracts 25,000 walkers each year. We’re delighted that three walks will be showcased during the festival and they are designed to appeal to enthusiasts of all levels,” he said.
Brandon Hill Trek and Treat is the most demanding of the three and will take you to Kilkenny’s highest point.
Take in the beautiful surrounds and enjoy a few great stories on the way. Afterwards, feast on a well-earned meal in Duiske Bar, Graignamanagh. This hike is on July 6 and costs €30 per head.
Thomastown Trek and Treat tour heads out along the River Nore, taking in a beautiful wooded trail, returning back to Bassett’s Restaurant, Thomastown for delicious dining. It runs on July 11 from 10am to 3pm. Again, it is €30 per head.
The final Trek and Treat starts in the picturesque village of Inistioge and heads along the river to Woodstock Waterfall and on to the beautiful grounds of Woodstock.
Finish is in the cozy Woodstock Arms for delightful cuisine. It runs on July 14 from10am to 3pm, €30 per head.
Each walk will be organised by Paddy Lawlor who has trekked across Europe, the Middle East, South East Asia and Australia.
He has a broad interest in the land and its stories, flora and fauna and more.
Trail Kilkenny Outdoor Festival runs from July 2 to 15 and is packed with everything from archery to angling, kayaking to horse riding, giant catapult building to abseiling.
Bookings and information Paddy Lawlor 086-023 3533 or www.trailkilkennyoutdoorfestival.ie