Celebrate, explore and get active, with the Kilkenny Trails Festival – hikes, bikes and so much more, from 1st-29th September 2013!

The Kilkenny Trails Festival runs this year from the 1st to the 29th of September, with a jam-packed and exciting programme of events designed to inspire you to get out and about, get active and get exploring the wonderful Kilkenny countryside.

 

With more than sixty events planned for the month of September, this year’s Kilkenny Trails Festival has something perfect for everyone – for families, groups of friends, solo adventurers, keen cyclists, experienced hikers, absolute beginners and complete newbies, and even the dog!

 

A collaboration between Trail Kilkenny and Kilkenny Recreation & Sports Partnership, the Kilkenny Trails Festival is a month-long celebration of everything special that Kilkenny has to offer, providing the opportunity to dip in and out of countless activities over the course of September. There are trails and fun for everyone, featuring everything from heritage to harvests, paddling to picnicking, biking to bat-watching, scavenging to scones, and those all the more welcome after a mighty afternoon in the fresh air!

 

From bat walks along the River Nore, foraging for wild food, an introduction to the history of the city beneath your feet, a chance to meet the gardener and tour the walled gardens at Mount Juliet, to visit master craftsmen in their studios or to start a walking habit on a City Fit Walk, and from the very tip-top of Mount Leinster to the depths of the Dunmore Caves, every aspect of Kilkenny that can be explored will be, during the Kilkenny Trails Festival this September.

 

Get introduced to orienteering, to earthenware or get re-introduced to cycling, try some Canadian canoeing, a moonlight walk or meeting some very important trees!

 

Enjoy some of the finest walks around, scenic, challenging, historic, adventurous, along the riverbank through the Nore Valley, along woodland paths, strolling leafy lanes or tackling exhilarating hill climbs.

Cycle through some of the most historic and culturally significant towns of the county, along quiet country roads, laneways and tow paths, visiting medieval monasteries, Anglo-Norman castles, Cistercian churches, 18th century bridges, all through the superbly scenic and heart-lifting surroundings of this gorgeous countryside.

 

Take part in an amazing activity trail, like the Hike & Bike, where you cycle out, then walk back along the river, giving you a whole new perspective on the countryside.

 

Pack a picnic and head off to one of the great picnic trail gatherings in Woodstock, Jenkinstown or at the amazing Harvest Picnic, the Grand Finale event of the Kilkenny Trails Festival with an artisan food & craft market and lots of family fun events at Highbank Organic Orchards, from 10a.m. till 6 p.m. on Sunday 29th September.Can/should you mention some of events heritage train, cooking demos etc. here?

 

Lots of events have been designed specifically with families in mind, with some particularly suited to older children and some that are intended only for accompanied teenagers and adults. For safety reasons, dogs are not allowed at any festival events, except the one specially designed for them – the Dog Walk! Places are limited on most events, and many are free, so do make sure to book early so you don’t miss out. With something for everyone, at every level of fitness and experience, blaze a trail through Kilkenny this September with the Kilkenny Trails Festival!

 

For details of all the activities happening during the Kilkenny Trails Festival, and for further information on a whole range of walking, cycling, food and craft trails visit www.trailkilkenny.ie or www.kilkennytrailsfestival.ie

Blaze a trail as Kilkenny Trails Festival 2013 kicks off

Blaze a trail as Kilkenny Trails Festival kicks off

 

Celebrate, explore and get active– hikes, bikes and so much more, from 1st-29th September!

 

The Kilkenny Trails Festival kicks off this Sunday 1st and runs for the month of September, with a jam-packed and exciting programme of events designed to inspire you to get out and about, get active and get exploring the wonderful Kilkenny countryside.

 

A collaboration between Trail Kilkenny and Kilkenny Recreation & Sports Partnership, the Kilkenny Trails Festival is a month-long celebration with more than sixty events planned for September, there are trails and fun for everyone, featuring everything from heritage to harvests, paddling to picnicking, biking to bat-watching, scavenging to scones, and all culminating with the grand finale event The Harvest Picnic at Highbank Organic Farm on Sunday 29th; a gathering   picnic with artisan food and craft market, heritage train and lots more fun on the farm!

 

Many of the events are free and where there is a charge they’ve been priced to encourage people to join in. Charges for Trail Kilkenny or KRSP events are simply to cover any costs.

 

Get active on one of the activity trails like the Hike and Bike to Bennettsbridge on Sundays during September leaving the Tea House at Bateman Quay at 11 and cycle to Bennettsbridge, leave your bike there and walk back into the city along the riverbank. Costs are €20 per person

If you have a bike in your shed and would like to get back on the road, join the Re-Introduction to Cycling workshops over 2 nights – call KRSP 056 779 4990 to book your free place.

 

 

Walk Challenges Start a walking habit on the ever popular City Fit Walk Series; starting this Monday evening at 7pm; meeting at Canal Square, opposite XtraVision.

For experienced walkers, there’s the challenging weekly walks with Tyndall Walking Club each Sunday; starting with Brandon Hill this Sunday, then Mount Leinster, Nore Valley Walk, Slievenamon and Mount Alto. A highlight will surely be the Brandon Moonlit Walk on Friday 20th September. These walks are suited to teenagers (accompanied) and adults with reasonably high level of walk fitness. Meet at Kilkenny Cinema at 9.30am and car pool from there.

 

Explore and Picnic with the family in the woods and enjoy a free guided tree trail at Woodstock (Sunday 15th) or Jenkinstown (Sunday 22nd). Have fun foraging and join Mary White’s free taster tours at Kilkenny Castle on Wednesday evenings (4th and 11th) ay 6pm.

 

Discover stunning country estates with a Garden and History tour of Shankill Castle (€5 weekends), meet the Gardener and enjoy afternoon tea or join a walking trail at Mount Juliet (from €20 per adult/€10 child on selected Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays).

 

Try something new like Nordic Walking (Saturday 7th September) Canadian Canoeing with Charlie Horan of Go with the Flow every Sunday for the month, €15 for children €20 adult. Orienteering in the Discovery Park (€25 on Saturday 14th) or Guided Cycle Trails to Dunmore Caves (€23 on Saturdays) or along the Barrow Towpath (€15 adult €10 child on Saturday 21st)

 

 

Pick up a copy of the Events Guide

Booking most events need to be pre-booked. You’ll find details in the Events Guide – pick up a copy in Kilkenny People office on High Street or from the Tourist Information office on Rose Inn Street and many other outlets. You can also view or download the Kilkenny Trails Festival Events Guide on www.kilkennytrailsfestival.ie

 

Many of the events are free and where there is a charge they’ve been priced to encourage people to join in. Charges for Trail Kilkenny or KRSP events are simply to cover any costs.

 

IN BRIEF

 

Don’t miss

this week’s free events

 

Brandon Hill Walk

Sunday 9.30am at Cinema

City Fit Walk Series

Monday 7pm 056 7794990

Re Introduction to Cycling

Tuesday 6pm 056 7794990

Incredible Edibles

Wednesday 6pm Tel: 087 2707189

 

Plan Ahead

Next Week’s Highlights

 

Meet the Maker City Craft Trail

Saturday 7th 11am Ray Power 087 232 7743

 

Nordic Walking

Saturday 7th KRSP 056 7794990

 

Cycle the Barrow Tow Path

Saturday 7th11am Brian Roberts 086 408 4008

 

River Walk and Tea in Ballyduff House

Saturday 7th 3pm €3 pp Eoin Hogan 056 775 2111