The walk is an easy ramble along the banks of the River Feale and around the Listowel Town Park. Listowel as “Literary Capital of Ireland” has produced many famous writers including John B Keane and Brian MacMahon.
A TO B
Starting at St John’s Theatre and Arts Centre, which is a former Church of Ireland Gothic style church located in the centre of the town square; follow the finger signs which will bring you to the banks of the River Feale passing the Seanchai and the restored Listowel Castle.
B TO C
At the river follow the green arrows along the River Feale, a river famous for its salmon fishing. After 1.5 kilometres the walk takes you under Listowel Bridge (via a gantry) which will bring you to the edge of the town park – officially known as Childer’s Park but known locally as the Cows Lawn.
C TO D
With the river on your right, after a short distance you will take a sharp left turn and follow the arrows which will lead you through the Garden of Europe. The Garden of Europe contains more than 2.500 trees and plants from all over Europe and also contains Ireland’s only public monument to the memory of the millions of people who died in the Holocaust.
D TO E
On exiting the Garden of Europe veer right and continue to walk along the edge of the park. At the southern end of the park keep left and with the wood on your right, skirt the park, passing a pitch and putt course on your left.
E TO A
Continue to descend along the path, passing a much admired stone cottage on the right. This is known as “The Dandy Lodge” and was the first house built on the Bridge Road. It was dismantled stone by stone and reconstructed on its present site in 1994. On leaving the Park you turn right on Bridge Road and take the footpath which will take you back to the starting point in the town square.
To walk, or cycle north Kerry is to get a true taste of the best the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer, stunning scenery, dramatic seascapes, wild terrain, all in all a truly elemental and unforgettable experience.
On a north Kerry trail you’ll meet a crossroads, a convergence between rural and wild Atlantic, between towering limestone cliffs and the lush green hills of north Kerry. You’ll trek where some of Ireland’s greatest writers were inspired, if you’re lucky you’ll get a glint of what makes this part of Ireland a little different.read more…