Glenpatrick - Glenpatrick Bridge Loop

County Waterford
3 reviews
Grade Moderate
Length 8 km
Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Format Loop
Ascent 310 m
Dogs Allowed Under effective control
Waymarking Green arrow
Start Point
Glenpatrick Bridge carpark & picnic area
Finish Point
Glenpatrick Bridge carpark & picnic area
Nearest Town to Start Rathgormack
Lat. and Long. 52.32565, -7.576

This loop takes you on forestry roads, grassy tracks and laneways along the Glasha River and through Coolishal Wood to join up with an old Military Road, opening up wonderful views of the Comeragh Mountains and Knockanaffrin Ridge's Seven Sisters. Look out for a disused slate mine, with ruined mine workers' houses and a mass rock.

Maps and other information



Please keep dogs under close control

OSI Maps

OSI Maps

Discovery Series Sheet 75

Kevin Ryan from Limerick

On a mild but windy Saturday we chose this nearby loop. We had the excellent car park - with picnic tables - to ourselves even tho' there were cars parked in less salubrious locations along the trail. We met about 10 people - very few by lockdown standards on a fine weekend. The trail itself is very well thought out and should be followed in the signed (anti-clockwise) direction for best effect. Wonderful views - when you are out of the woods; along side streams and up a few mild climbs - 190m altogether. The only drawback - as so often with Irish trails - is a short but dangerous 300m on a busy road with no footpath or even grass margins. Yes there is a 'walkers on road' sign but that has no impact on people doing, or exceeding, the 80kmph limit. If we are to promote family walking - and attract tourists to enjoy it - we can NOT force families to walk on high speed roadways. In this case it ought be possible to carve out a path through farmland at a modest cost - and this would then be a model walk for anyone of moderate fitness.

john from Tipperary

I walked this trail in July 2015 and thoroughly enjoyed it. It is very scenic. Even the bits in the sitka spruce forest are scenic as a lot of the trees have been felled and there are good views. There was no rubbish dumped when I walked it and I managed to pick up the few bits of litter I came across.

C from Waterford

I've walked this a good few times. Beautiful, panoramic views on a clear day. However, I'm shocked at what I saw on the trail today. Sections of it looked like a dumping ground. Over 10 bin bags full of rubbish, armchairs, tyres, loads of loose rubbish - all encountered in plain sight along the trail. Shocking. I'd be mortified to recommend this trail to anybody in its current condition.

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