In 1996 the Moyvane Development Association formulated a plan to develop a walk through the local woods, this was later extended to include the perimeter of the GAA pitch, recently this was further extended to take in a river walk that brings you to a restored Limekiln. This walk has received a number of awards, both local and national, including the North Kerry Walks Open Gate Trophy on three occasions. Moyvane also received a best new entry award in 2001.
A TO B
To start this walk we will begin on the Listowel Road as there is parking close by at the community centre and church. At the entrance to the Woodlands Walk, proceed towards the GAA pitch, take a left at the last gate at the GAA pitch, walking the perimeter of the pitch towards the woodland entrance. Alternatively, enter the Woodlands Walk at the picnic area before the GAA pitch and proceed to point B.
B TO C
On reaching the intersection, turn left to return to the car park, or right, taking the Woodlands Walk. There is a wide variety of trees such as oak, ash, beech and elm along the route to the Knockanure Road entrance. Picnic areas are located at both entrances of the Woodlands Walk.
C TO D
On reaching the Knockanure Road, turn left to return to Moyvane village or right to continue to the Lime Kiln. Cross the road at the end of the footpath and continue on inside the ditch. Where the path ends take a left along the river, crossing the bridge to the Lime Kiln.
The Lime Kiln
This kiln was used in the early part of the last century when it was fuelled by turf saved from the local bogs. It is known as a “Farmer’s Kiln”, as the burned limestone was then spread as fertiliser on the land. The lime was also used to white wash walls of dwelling houses and farm outhouses.
D TO A
Walk back from the lime kiln towards the village. Before the post office on your left you will see the site where an old school and church once stood. A stone wall here contains three original inscribed stones with the names of the buildings and their dates of construction. The Glen Road, on your right when facing east was in the past a hub of activity in the village where once stood the national school, parish hall, a forge and a carpenters workshop. Alongside served other trades too including a shoemaker, tailor, a stonemason, a plasterer and a thatcher.
Continue on from here and take the next left at Brosnan’s bar (home of former Kerry great Con Brosnan, winner of six All-Ireland medals. Then walk back past the Roman Catholic church to the car park and your starting point.
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