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Newcastle Wood, its walks, amenities, wildlife, trees and flora. The wood extends to 325 hectares and is owned and managed by Coillte as a commercial forest.
The semi mature, mixed woodland, extends to both sides of the River Inny. The forest is unique in that it has a diverse range of tree species of different age structures that include oak, ash, beech, pine, Norway and sitka spruce with lesser quantities of birch, willow, hazel, alder, cherry and holly. This mix of species and associated canopy layers combined with the network of meandering forest roads and pathways creates an ideal walking experience.
Newcastle Wood was once part of Newcastle Demesne, an estate of some 11,000 hectares run by the King-Harman family in the 1800’s. The nearby Newcastle House was where the King-Harmans lived and there are many features and place names in the woodland which refer back to that time.
Coillte, in association with Newcastle Walkways Development Group have been developing and enhancing the trails since 2001. There are 28 kilometres of walkway throughout the forest, most of which are gently undulating forest roads and trails which allow for easy progress through the changing forest.
Species that can be seen include birds, swans, mallard, teel, wigeon, kingfisher, skylarks and many others and mink. The fallow deer can frequently be seen flitting away through the trees.