Castlemorris Wood - Holly Loop
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Castlemorris Wood, Aghaviller, Knocktopher, Kilkenny, Republic of Ireland
Castlemorris Wood - Holly Loop Starts from the Carpark opposite the Grand Gates enter Castlemorris Wood and pass the Gate Lodge to reach a metal stile.
A-B. Starting from the Carpark opposite the Grand Gates enter Castlemorris Wood and pass the Gate Lodge to reach a metal stile. Cross the stile and join a forestry road and follow the red )and green and purple arrows. The green and purple arrows are other loops. Follow the forest road for over 1km reach an archway through which stone outbuilding (which were part of the courtyard of Castlemorris House) are visible. The shorter green loop turns left here – you turn right following the red (and purple) arrows.
B-C. The loop now takes you around Castlemorris House , after approximately 1km, joins a minor public road where the [purple loops turns right –but you turn left and follow the red arrow.
C-D. After only 500m along the surfaced road you reach a 3-way junction where you re-join the purple loop and veers left.
D-E. After approximately 200m loops (red and purple) turn left and entry Castlemorris Wood by way of the metal barrier. At this point you are just short of Aghaviller Church and Round Tower -200m along the surface road. If you decide to visit the site, remember to return to this junction.
E-F. Only 500m along the final section of the loop you will rejoin the green loop as it comes in form the left. Another 500m takes you to a crossroads of forest tracks where you turn left on a narrow track.
F-A. Follow this winding track to emerge on a forestry road only 200m from the trailhead. Turn right and enjoy the short trek back.