Tree-mendous Kilkenny forest one of of Ireland’s most popular walking trails
A beautiful Kilkenny forest is now one of the country’s most popular woodland areas for visitors.
New figures published by Coillte reveal Jenkinstown Wood, located 10km north of Kilkenny city, is now the county’s fifth most visited forests.
Jenkinstown Wood, which also boasts a beautiful a walled garden walk, has recorded an 60% increase in visitors since the pandemic hit.
Some 7,688 people visited the forest and walking trail, a jump from the 4,800 visitors recorded just before Covid-19 made its presence felt on these shores last February.
Ticknock Forest in the Dublin Mountains was the most popular forest destination during the lockdowns. It saw visitor numbers double during the same period, from 30,041 to 60,816.
Rossmore Forest in Monaghan was the second most visited forest, followed by Donadea in Kildare and Tintern Abbey in Wexford.
Coillte CEO Imelda Hurley said: “We’re delighted so many people are using their local forests more during this difficult and prolonged Covid lockdown. Healthy forests are not only beautiful to look at but provide a much needed physical and mental wellness boost.
“This is particularly important right now. We’re glad people’s local forests are a healthy and positive outlet for them. We simply ask that Covid~ restrictions be adhered to when visiting,” Ms Hurley concluded.