Three of the nicest walks in Cork to wrap up and take the kids on 3 years ago

Three of the nicest walks in Cork to wrap up and take the kids on

If you're down south over the festive period, make sure to take a stroll in one of these locations.

With the indulgence of Christmas Day behind us, it's often so lovely around this time of year to wrap up and take the whole family on a walk.

Nothing beats donning the winter woollies, packing a picnic (including hot tea!) and bundling the kids into the car for a little fresh air.

As a Cork native, I may be a little biased, but I honestly think you can't beat some of the stunning walks outside of the city. If you're down in Cork at the weekend or planning to make a trip in the new year, here are three lovely walks to go on.

1) Farran Woods:

Farran Woods is truly an oasis of tranquillity and only about a 20-minute drive from Cork City. It's a small park that has a lot to offer in terms of activities and features. There are two trails you can take, of varying lengths; one will take you 25 minutes, while the other is an hours trek.

For older children (and carefree adults!) Zipit offers an aerial trail that has 86 activities and over 800 metres of Ziplines for you to enjoy.


There is also toilets, a playground and a picnic site in the woods, along with a herd of red and fallow deer and some "very friendly ducks", as the website says.

It costs €5 to enter the woods and the opening times are as follows:

08.00 – 21.00 (April to September)
08.00 – 17.30 (October to March)

2) Gougane Barra:


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Gougane Barra is a settlement west of Macroom in Cork. This magnificent Forest Park boats 339 acres. It is tucked in a lush valley at the edge of the Sheehy mountains, the ideal place to hike, get in touch with nature, picnic and inhale the fresh air.

It is the source of the River Lee and is steeped in history, as there is a tiny island at the edge of the lake at the entrance to the Forest Park where St. Finbarr, patron saint of Cork, founded his early Christian monastery in the 6th century.


There's plenty of open space for kids to run around and six walking trails to suit everyone. There is a car park, toilets and a picnic area on site and entry costs €5 to be paid in coins. Check out more info here.

3) The Donkey Sanctuary:


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Located in Knockardbane, Mallow, the donkey sanctuary is a must-see place for any kids who are animal lovers. It's a really special experience to get up close to the friendly animals and an educational experience too. The staff are exceptionally lovely and willing to answer any questions you may have. There is also a lovely walking trail, to take at your leisure.

The sanctuary often hosts special events so do keep an eye on their website if you're planning a visit. Opening times are:

Monday-Friday, 9.00 am to 4.30 pm

Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm

Entry is free, but donations are more than welcome.