The fresh country air, the wide open spaces and the rural tranquility all combine to create the perfect hike. The unspoilt countryside of Tipperary provides a wide variety of terrain, from the gentle undulations around the shores of Lough Derg to the steep hills of the Silvermines (360deg views of Tipperary, Clare, Limerick and beyond). All levels of fitness and experience can be entertained.

Marked trail maps are available at Ashley Park allowing you to explore the region at your leisure. We also have contacts with local hill walking groups who are delighted to provide the hiker with a ready source of local knowledge.

Silvermines, historically known as Bellagowan, is a village in County Tipperary. It lies immediately north of the Silvermine mountain range and takes its name from the extensive mines of lead, zinc, copper, baryte and silver nearby. Towards the very south of the Silvermine Mountains is the highest peak in the mountains, Keeper Hill or in Irish Sliabh Cimeálta, which rises to 695m, dominating the area. Silvermines is located near the town of Nenagh on the R499 regional road.

The Slieve Felim Way, a 43 kilometres (27 miles) long-distance trail through the Silvermine and Slieve Felim Mountains has a trail-head in the village. It is designated as a National Waymarked Trail by the National Trails Office.

Local Parks and Forest Walks

Bishop’s Wood Dundrum

The area is called Bishop’s Wood because at one stage it was designated church property. The Earl of Montalt owned the state until 1905 and the remains of the gamekeeper’s lodge still stands in the woods.

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Glen of Aherlow Nature Park

The aptly named Galtee Mountains, Mountains of the Forests, form part of the Glen of Aherlow’s natural border. The entrance location of its centrepiece, the Glen of Aherlow Nature Park, is close to the Christ the King statue and adjacent to the car park.

This statue of Christ the King, with its upraised hand blessing the glen and all who pass by, has been part of the local scenery since 1950. Close to the entrance is a map board displaying the routes of the woodland, Bianconi and Ballinacourty Loop walking trails. The Glen of Aherlow Nature Park is ideal for families to take a peaceful woodland ramble in and to view plants, flowers and the natural habitat of foxes, squirrels and birds.

Explore the ruins of Lenihan’s cottage, a typical small farmer or labourer’s dwelling, which dates back to famine times, or the restored stone bridge on the old Bianconi road. Take some time to read the tranquil poems, the work of local writers, or to just listen to the woodland sounds and bird song.

Nature is always at its best in the scenic Glen of Aherlow. Open daily.

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Bansha Wood

The area was originally part of the Moor Estate and Moor’s Rock is situated 1 km. from the car park. Once part of the Moore estate there are many references to Moor in the area (also spelt Moore). Moors Rock and Moor abbey to name a few. The wood contains the site of a penal church west of Slievenamuck. Ballagh fort and the ruin of Aherlow Castle. From this rock there are panoramic views of counties Tipperary, Cork, and Limerick.

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Forest Park Walk Cratloe

To assist visitors, Coillte have posted their Walker’s Welcome sign at forest entrances. On site there is also a fantastic Children’s Playground, Spraoi sa Choill, where your children will be able to play on the wide variety of eco-friendly equipment such as slides, climbing frame, sand area and zip line, which allows children to swing from one bar to the next. The new playground fits in with the surrounding landscape by using Robinia wood throughout.

Cratloe Wood Car Park and Picnic Site is located adjacent to Cratloe village and on the western side Cratloe Forest property which is over 700 Hectares in extent. It overlooks the Estuary of the river Shannon which is the longest river in Ireland and Great Britain. The Galtee Mountains in Co. Tipperary can be seen to the east, the Ballyhoura Mountains in North Cork to the south and Shannon Airport to the west.

The geology of the area is Old Red Sandstone. The main tree species are Sitka and Norway Spruce, Larches, Pines with Oak, Beech and Birch being the main broadleaf species and naturally regenerating Holly and Rowan. This area is synonymous with Oak. It is said that as far back as the 9th century invading kings from Ulster record that the House of Parliament in London was roofed with Cratloe Oak. On the O`Brien Estate nearby there is a stand of Oak which was planted in 1777. In Coillte’s regeneration plans priority is given to the planting of Oak where ground conditions are suitable. The main fauna of the area are Foxes, Red Squirrels, Badgers with Woodcock and Pheasants being the main bird species.

The walking trail from the car park is about 2 Kms long but there is an extensive road network throughout the rest of the wood; so many hours can be passed away here. Half a kilometer in from 2.5 Hectares in extent and is inhabited by duck and waterfowl. There is also a picnic site with tables.

Portumna Forest Park – Rinmaher Walking Trail

The Rinmaher trail is one of the two long waymarked loops in the Park. It begins along a two-way section of trail from the car-park and overlaps with the Woodland trail. This loop is mainly on singletrack (narrow trails) and is suitable for those looking for a longer walk or more challenging cycle.

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